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Trophy crappie…or crappie trophy?

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I don’t know if any trophy crappie will be caught, but I can promise you some crappie trophies are on the line when the Crappie Fishermen United of Louisiana hold their first tournament of the year at the Sterlington Boat Ramp on the Ouachita River January 27. Fishing time is 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.

It’s an open crappie tournament (everyone is invited) and here’s a quick glimpse at the rules: No more than 8 poles and 2 people to a boat; crappie must be at least 9 inches long;  Live or artificial baits can be used and FISH MUST BE ALIVE.

Fishermen can register ahead of the tournament or at the boat ramp from 6 a.m. – 6:45 a.m. that morning. The weigh-in will be at the ramp and fishermen must be in line by 2 p.m.  How’s this for optimistic: There will be a fish fry after the weigh-in for the participants! If you’ve never been to one of their tournaments, this is a good one to try. And even if you don’t fish, come by and see what’s going on at the weigh-in.

Here are a few more details:
ENTRY FEE: $50.00
PAY OUT:  BEST 7 FISH, 1st Place. $15. Per boat plus trophies;  2nd Place $10. Per boat
3rd Place $ 5. Per boat and BIG FISH 1st Place $ 10 Per boat plus trophies. The tournament entry fee is $10 per boat. There will also be extra money Feb. 17th for those who fish the Sterlington and D’Arbonne tournament.

For more info, contact Neal Pace at 318 547 2187 or you can contact them on their Facebook page.

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