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Albritton, Dalrymple Major League champs

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Just two days after Lake D’Arbonne was reopened to boat traffic following a week of closure due to historic high water, a group of talented local and area bass anglers got the bass fishing kicked off in style. Jamie Albritton and Scott Dalrymple took the win at the 1st D’Arbonne Major League Fishing tournament Saturday with 10 bass weighing 34.85. That’s quite a catch.

Thanks to Tournament Director Dale Taylor for the following report:

Major League Fishing Update: The day didn’t start out to good as a powerful cold front swept across north Louisiana packing 15 to 20 MPH winds and falling temps. As the 25 registered boats began to assemble in the predawn, my phone rang and when I answered it one of our team members, Michael Colvin, informed me that he and partner Aaron Branch had just been rear-ended and their boat was totaled. They ended up at the hospital for x rays and didn’t get to fish. Fortunately both are only banged and bruised up.

The first period didn’t see many fish come to the scales but David Wright and Jay Fletcher had 7 fish that weighed 17.71 pounds to give them the lead over Matthew Harvey and Joe Giovingo, who had 4 fish for 13.41 pounds and Craig Kolb and Mickey Fontana who had 6 fish for 13.13 pounds.

Fishing picked up in the second period when 73 fish crossed the scales. David Wright and Jay Fletcher held on to their lead by weighing 5 fish for 9.84 pounds giving them a total of 27.55. Making a big charge and moving in to second with 5 fish weighing 16.64 pounds were Scott Dalrymple and Jamie Albritton. Their sack brought their total to 21.05 pounds. Craig Kolb and Mickey Fontana brought another 5 fish to the scales weighing 7.02 pounds for third place with a total of 20.15 pounds.The largest weight of the second period was caught by Cody Brown and Brad Morgan who had 8 fish for 16.83 pounds placing them in forth place with a total of 18.17 pounds. Rounding out the top five were Jerry Silmon and Schyler League with a total of 16.88 pounds.

The third period saw Wright and Fletcher slip from the lead as they only managed one fish weighing 3.08 pounds bringing their total to 30.63 pounds. Dalrymple and Albritton braught in another 4 fish weighing 13.80 pounds giving them a total of 34.85 pounds for the win.

Giovingo and Harvey finished third for the tournament with 6 fish in the third period weighing 13.92 pounds giving them a total weight of 29.45. Fourth place went to Brown and Morgan with 27.70. Mike Pirtle and Ernie Heckford brought the heaviest bag to the scales in the third period weighing 21.51 pounds giving them 25.45 for the tournament tying them with Kolb and Fontana also with 25.45 for fifth place. Congratulations to all!

Here’s a note about the circuit: MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING is a popular professional fishing format that NCLT is using for a local Team Circuit in 2016. There will be two qualifying events, Lake D’Arbonne, March 19th and Lake Claiborne, April 23rd. Finals for qualifiers will be June 25 (location to be announced). Entry fee will be $250 for each event. Entry will be closed after first 25 teams enter at D’Arbonne and after first 25 teams enter at Claiborne. Five top qualifiers at D’Arbonne and five top Qualifiers at Claiborne will compete in finals. Five places will be paid at qualifying events with first place being $2,000. All ten teams will be paid at finals with first place being $5,000. Brochures with all details are available at local sporting goods stores or by checking with Dale Taylor on Facebook!

LAKE D’ARBONNE LEVEL UPDATE: The lake was at 81.75 feet at 5:45 p.m. Sunday. Here’s a quick look at several local rivers and lakes. Note — the USGS gauge went off line shortly after 5:45 p.m., so later updates and projections were not available tonight.

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