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All eyes on the ‘Bone

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The local R&R team troll for Talquin crappie

Crappie Masters completed the first two tournaments of the 2017 tour and now all eyes turn to the next stop on Lake D’Arbonne for the upcoming two-day Louisiana State Championship February 24 & 25th.

Richard and George Hughes caught two seven-fish limits weighing 25.18 pounds to win this past weekend’s Crappie Masters event on Florida’s Lake Talquin. Local anglers Terry Richard and Casey Rayner didn’t have a good tournament in the wide open gator country waters, finishing 46h in the event. But you can bet they’ll be honing in on some good Union Parish crappie as defending champions of the local tournament here in three weeks.

Crappie Masters is a unique tournament trail which offers great incentives to fish numerous tournaments on the circuit. But it also offers local and area anglers an opportunity to match their home lake knowledge and angling skills against the best in the country on a one-time basis as well. A high percentage of the Crappie Masters tournaments are won by local anglers.  The entry fee for the two-day event is $325, but split two ways per two-man team, it is only $162.50 each, or actually only $81.25 per day each! Heck, you can’t even buy a good 12-foot graphite crappie pole and reel for that. (Yes, this is common core math logic the way only a crappie fisherman could do it!) Even if you don’t plan on fishing the event, you should come check out the action at the weigh-ins!

‘I’m definitely ready to come back to D’Arbonne,” said Crappie Masters President Mike Vallentine. “We love the area because of the small hometown feeling you get when you’re around the lake. Good people, good food, good fishing. Can’t beat it.”

 Mike said the fishermen’s favorite thing here is that “D’Arbonne is full of crappie. This lake is so attractive to fishermen because it’s the perfect combination of size and numbers. The biggest of the big fish lakes normally produce smaller numbers. The smaller fish lakes normally produce numbers. D’Arbonne produces quality and numbers. You don’t get that everywhere.”
screen-shot-2017-01-06-at-11-47-40-amThis tournament is a big deal to our whole region. The folks on the Union Parish Tourist Commission, Union Chamber, Lincoln Tourist Commission and others realize that and they put up the money to bring the event here. It not only brings people in from all over the country for pre-fishing and the tournament itself,  the PR value for the lake and area is bigger than a four-pound crappie. And don’t forget, it will be just a few more weeks until the second pro tournament of the season hits — the new American Crappie Trail event on D’Arbonne  March 31-April 1.

Crappie Masters will have all kinds of special events, including kids fishing activities.  This link will take you to everything you need to know about the tournament, except where to catch the winning stringer!

http://www.crappiemasters.net/home/2014-bass-pro-shops-crappie-masters-tournament-schedule/tournament-details/350-february-26-a-27-lake-darbonne-la

Current Lake level: Lake D’Arbonne

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