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Carlile, Nichols are Crappie Masters

The Crappie Masters sported a lot of hardware and a $6,400 check for thier win on D’Arbonne

Folks familiar with the fantastic crappie fishing on Lake D’Arbonne know that the reservoir is full of big crappie from one end of the lake to the other. Two fellows from Oklahoma proved that today.

Robert Carlile and Craig Nichols of Oklahoma, two guys that have been fishing together since they were kids, led wire to wire in the Crappie Masters Louisiana State Championship on D’Arbonne this weekend, hauling in back-to-back seven fish limits weighing a total of 27.65 pounds to claim the $6,400 first prize. It was the team’s third time to fish the lake and Nichols said two things helped them win.

First, gaining knowledge of the lake and the way conditions can change fishing helped them plan ahead and locate a place to fish without a lot of current, then another if current increased during the event. The spots were on opposite ends of the lake. They had to use both to win. Second, their electronics not only helped them find fish, but drop the lures right on the fish’s heads. They are sponsored by Pro Built Jigs and Huckabee Rods.

Fishing on the lake was amazing considering the conditions. Dustin Harris and Kelley Graham of Arkansas finished second with 25.87 followed closely by last year’s champions, Nick and Jock Young. Nick is a guide on Lake D’Arbonne. The local duo had 25.73. They won $3,200 and $2,100 respectively.

Heath Rogers and Lance Billberry finished eighth with 24.33; Terry Richard and Kent Williams 11th with 23.63 and Steve Adams and Ryan Hanson were 12th with 23.55 to lead the local anglers. Ken Myers and Mark Taylor were 16th with 22.89 and Scotty Johnson and Jason Thomas had 22.73 for 17th to round out other locals in the top 20.

Complete results are listed below. We’ll bring you more details of how the tournament was won and other news from the event in Monday’s lakedarbonnelife.com

14 slabs like these brought Robert Carlile and Craig Nichols the title
Defending champs Nick and Jock Young with some Saturday slabs that helped them to a third place finish


Every Sunday, we bring you a Bible Verse. While there’s a lot of excitement about the big crappie tournament, there’s also a more important thing in life than catching fish. Here’s a reminder from Matthew 4:19:

18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, followMe,” Jesus said,“and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 And at once they left their nets and followed Him.…


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