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Riddle/Hughes win oh-so-close ACT Title

All during the Lucas Oil American Crappie Trail National Championship week on Lake D’Arbonne, even in practice, fishermen were all murmuring the same thing: “It’s gonna be close. It’s gonna be real close“. Nobody could have imagined how right they would be. Second day leaders Tony Hughes and Jeff Riddle of Tennessee brought in their … Continue reading

Hughes, Riddle take ACT lead

You can catch crappie on Reelfoot Lake in north Tennessee a lot like you can catch crappie on Lake D’Arbonne in north Louisiana. That may not mean anything to most folks around here, but it does to Tony Hughes and Jeff Riddle. The Hornbeak, Tennessee natives put what they’ve learned on their home lake to … Continue reading

Baum & Perotti in the lead

Steve Perotti and Stuart Baum are a local team well familiar with the Lake D’Arbonne crappie. It showed Thursday afternoon after the duo ended up on top of the 80-team field n the American Crappie Trail National Championship presented by Lucas Oil. Baum and Perotti had a seven fish limit weighing 12.76 pounds with a … Continue reading

Capps & Coleman & . . .Kinny?

Wednesday was a bluebird day — bright clear blue skies, fairly calm winds and high pressure. But the highest pressure on Lake D’Arbonne wasn’t on the barometer. It was probably on a duo most crappie fishermen just know as Capps and Coleman. In the competitive crappie world, those two names go together like Brooks and … Continue reading

It’s on at the ‘Bone

I’ve taken about a zillion pictures in the woods and on the waters in my life, but this one is certainly one of the most unique. Pollen art. It’s a mix of what could be clouds, mountains or some Picasso-like abstract view of what my EKG would look like after landing a two pound crappie. … Continue reading

More than the ACT going on

If you were on Lake D’Arbonne Saturday and you rode around any at all, you probably saw a huge number of boats — probably as many as you’ll see all year. The ACT held it’s first day of practice. The regular spring anglers were there, too. Spring break began for many area school systems. And … Continue reading

Name calling fish wars

I have a good friend who will not acknowledge any fish called a “crappie”. Even when people travel from around the country to his backyard to try and win thousands of dollars catching “crappie”, he would rather fight than bite on the “c” word. “Crappie fishermen….hrrrmmmpp! They don’t even know what they are catching,” he’ll … Continue reading

The key to peace

Sometimes we fish to get something to eat, sometimes it’s a competition. But most of the time it’s just to get away from it all and find a little relaxation and peace in this crazy world of ours. There’s a peace beyond that you can get from fishing, though. “ Peace I leave with you; … Continue reading

Even the playing field

Matt Morgan had a lot of ideas when he laid out the American Crappie Trail. One of them was to make the professional fishing circuit as professional as he could. One thing he set out to do was to attract local anglers, but also even the playing field for the touring pros that had to … Continue reading

Lining out the crappie

Now let me get this straight. And you better pay attention. We’re going to put two seats in the back of the boat, throw out curly tail Fin Spin lures in various colors from two sets of crappie poles, each set containing a six, 8 and 10 foot rod, to keep the baits separated. Then … Continue reading

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