It was the Paul and Elizabeth Turner show on D’Arbonne the past two days. The fishing couple from Tennessee are the 2017 Crappie Masters Louisiana State Champions. After two days of tough fishing conditions, the duo caught consecutive seven fish limits and bested 95 other teams to claim $7,000 in prize money and the coveted title. Their total weight was 26.02 pounds and Saturday’s catch was anchored by a 1.93 pounder.
Brad Chappel and Brandon Fulgham were second with 25.39 ($3,500); Kevin Jones and Billy Don Surface third with 24.94 ($2,400) and Dustin Harris and Kelly Graham were tied for fourth with Edward and Scottie Shawn with 24.80 each ($1,000).
The 96 teams that fished averaged 10.57 pounds of fish for the tournament.
Fish were caught from one end of the lake to the other, from shallow water to the edges of the channel and in between. Some were on jigs, some on shiners and some on a mixture of the two.
Again, the second day of the tournament was tough on the local fisherman trying to break into the money. For more information and photos from the tournament and other Crappie Masters events, go to https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=crappie%20masters . The site will be updated regularly over the next few days.
Why does Crappie Masters come to D’Arbonne? Fun, food, fellowship…and oh yes:
Lots of crappie. Big crappie. Like these.
Only five brave youngsters bundled up and braved the 38 degree weather for the Kids’ Tournament Saturday morning. The fish didn’t cooperate but the prizes were great. And hey, a bad day fishing is better than a good day ….well, a good day at SCHOOL!
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And as always, we end the week by sharing a scripture with you.
Catching fish is important. This is even more . . .
“And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”