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Two perchin weekends…

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Happy Veterans’ Day. God Bless You, All who served!

Those crazy crappie perch jerkers are going to be out in force the next two weekends. Not just the regular ones, but two special groups, too. Fishing has been a bit challenging and I’m predicting an extra little bit of equipment for these days — hand warmers.

And if you fish D’Arbonne make sure and read the updated announcement at the end of today’s writeup.

First, it’s the annual Crappie.com gathering.

The C.c brotherhood with members from all over the region hit Lake D’Arbonne for a three-day adventure beginning today, Thursday, Nov. 10 through Sunday, Nov.13. As usual, they’ll be headquartered at the Lake D’Arbonne State Park, but this year they will occupy the big Group Cabin which has plenty of room for eating, sleeping and fishing — in between lies and tall tales that would make Presidential candidates blush.

Before I go further, If you have any questions, call or text Mark Weldon at 318-272-8069. He’ll call or text you back, unless he’s landing a big old slabber knocker crappie somewhere! Hey, the public is welcome. All you have to do is bring a love for crappie fishing.

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Second, next Saturday it will be Perchin’ on da Bone!

It’s the next stop on the local Fishermen United crappie fishing tour is on Lake D’Arbonne Saturday, November 19 fishing from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Here are the details:

Tournament is open to the public;  Launch at Jakes , Hwy 2 , Hog pen, Spillway and Gills Ferry and Terrell Island;  8 poles or less; live bait or artificial baits;  1 or 2 people per boat;  $40.oo per boat;  Fishing time 7 AM TO 1 PM; weigh in at Ramp Road across from Jakes;  weigh in starts at 2pm and you must be in line no later than 2:30 pm – no exceptions.

Paying 1st and second places on biggest crappie weight, 60% on first and 40% on second, along with paying 5 places on best 7 crappie;  this will also be our bonus payout event for people who have fished 2 prior tournaments (an extra $100 to 1st place of 7 fish limit and $50 to first place of big fish with minimum size of 9in).  Pay back depends on boat count.

Boundary waters will be Lake D’Arbonne;  100% payback; Prefishing allowed up to 12 hours before tournament;  please make every attempt to preregister at pay stations or contact one of us to pay for accurate boat count;  also people paying that morning and new to tournaments must register at Taterbugs which will have coffee and doughnuts on hand and to sign release form no later than 6:30am day of tournament.  $5 fee for payment at ramp morning of and if paying that morning please pay with cash so we can make our  payment envelopes out for winners. 

For more information  contact Kelly Billsborough (318-475-8399),  Neal Pace (318-547-2187) or Ralph Coston (318-381-5615).

Be safe out there!

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NEWS UPDATE:  BOAT RAMPS OFF LA 2 WEST CLOSED NEXT TUESDAY

The Louisiana Department of Transportation has notified the Bayou D’Arbonne Lake Watershed Commission that a contract to overlay Louisiana 2 from Louisiana 15 west to Lake D’Arbonne has been extended to include work on boat ramps on each side of the lake.

Jeff Shapiro, area engineer with DOTD’s District 05 office in Monroe, notified commission members Wednesday that access to boat ramps on both the east and west sides of the LA 2 bridge will be closed to allow D&J Construction to put an asphaltic concrete overlay along access roads to both ramps. In an email to Ron RIley, who serves as engineer for the Lake Commission, Shapiro said the access roads to both ramps – part of the old alignment of LA 2 – are still part of the DOTD road system.

Access to each ramp will be blocked Monday night or early Tuesday to allow completion of the work.

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