You may never fish a Crappie Fishermen United of Louisiana crappie tournament. You may never take part in a Hunters for Heroes event. But one thing you should know, when those folks get together to host the annual Crappie tournament on Lake D’Arbonne, it’s worth a 21-cast salute!
Thirty-nine teams of local fishermen and their guest veterans hit Lake D’Arbonne on one of the busiest Saturdays that I can remember this past weekend. They started with a crawfish boil on Friday night, then held the fishing tournament and ended with a big barbecue dinner after the fishing and a fish fry for supper at the Lake D’Arbonne State Park.
Terry Richard and Randy Adams took 1st place with seven fish weighing 11.07 pounds. Paul Trahan Sr. and Rickey Brister took 1st place Big Fish with a 2.62 pound slab. @ 2.62. But everyone who took part, either as a volunteer or a fisherman, was a winner!
Things like this event don’t just happen. A lot of folks put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears — and work. They are too numerous to mention, but they know who they are. Thanks for your service, veterans. And thanks for your service, Hunters for Heroes and Crappie Fishermen United of Louisiana volunteers. This is about a lot more than fishing.
Salute! Salute! Salute!
You can read all about it and see photos on either group’s facebook pages:
Here’s a sampling: