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Not so fast, crappie!


Derby Hansen and two nice Caney crappie

I thoroughly enjoyed the fishing in the 28 degree weather last Saturday morning at Caney Lake.

They were having the monthly Crappie Fishermen United of Louisiana crappie tournament out of Hooks Marina on Caney. The main reason I enjoyed the fishing is because I wasn’t fishing.  I slept in, drank some hot chocolate and rode down about noon listening to Jase and Missy Robertson’s version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” from the Duck Dynasty Christmas CD.

I had to interview a few folks and take some photos for an upcoming story on the up-and-coming crappie fishing on Caney Lake for the Louisiana Sportsman. So I figured it would be a good time to get lots of good photos. Surely the crappie were bunched up and looking for breakfast.

But as football commentator Lee Corso says. “NOT SO FAST, MY FRIEND!”

Fishing was tough. Real tough. The cold front made catching fish harder than picking the fruit bits out of Christmas fruit cake. But with this bunch, you knew somebody would catch them.

They did. Congratulations Ryan and Derby Hanson on winning the event, with Patrick Matthews catching the big fish. Young Derby is “catching” on to this crappie fishing fast! It’s the second group event in a row that the Hansons have won. And congratulations to everyone who braved the cold weather! I did get my story, some great photos and stayed warm. Nothing fishy about that.

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IMPORTANT: The son of one of the regular tournament fisherman, Jason Thomas, recently had a terrible accident and the group is having a special fund-raising tournament at Joe Bob’s on January 14, to help with expenses. The group has also come up with some fabulous door prizes for a raffle to help the Thomas family. For more information about either, contact contact Kelly Billsborough (318-475-8399); Neal Pace (318-547-2187) or Ralph Coston (318-381-5615).

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And also, important…The gates on Lake D’Arbonne are supposed to be closed Thursday, Dec. 15, to end the fall/winter drawdown that started the first of September. Some folks may be dreaming of a white Christmas, but I’m just hoping for a big, blue lake like the one in the picture above with Derby… Just like the one I used to know. . .




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