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Billy Bass!

Billy Banks with an early morning big bass smile!

True or false:

  1. Big bass don’t bite in the summer.
  2. Nobody is crazy enough to put on a 24-hour long bass tournament.
  3. The biggest bass in Lake D’Arbonne only go 7 or 8 pounds.

This one’s easy. All three of these statements are as false as a normal day’s news report on CNN.

The truth is that this past weekend, it took an almost 10 pounder to win the 24-hour marathon Majestic Bass Tournament put on by Dale Taylor at Lake D’Arbonne. With just 30 minutes to go in the tournament, Calhoun’s Billy Banks brought a 9.45 pounder to the scales to claim the big bass of the tournament. While anglers were a bit sleepy eyed for the long event, that woke the ones at the early morning weigh in up better than a big tall cup of that expensive Mooka Looka Okka almost coffee that everybody seems to be drinking.

His fish far outdistanced the field on a hot, tough weekend of fishing. Here’s a note from Dale: “I remember not long ago when Billy Banks sat in the back of the boat and coached his son Wesley to a great finish in the Majestic. Things come full circle this morning at 5:30 a.m. when Billy, fishing with Wesley, pulled that beautiful 9.45 pound bass out of D’Arbonne for the Big Bass win. Congrats Billy on a great catch and for teaching your son Wesley how to fish.”

The top five at the end of the event are as follows.

Final standings for the MAJESTIC big bass:

1st. Billy Banks. 9.45
2nd Frank Henry. 6.25
3rd Daniel Taylor. 6.00
4th. Robert Massey 5.97

Final standings for MAJESTIC stringer.

1st. Daniel Taylor. 23.32
2nd Frank Henry. 21.76
3rd. Brennan Flick. 21.58
4th. Courtney Harris. 18.76

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If you think this is something, wait until a majority of the field for the upcoming Ronald McDonald Big Bass Classic tournament hit the lake next weekend in search of a $10,000 big bass. Since the river is way above flood stage, anglers can fish the Ouachita or the D’Arbonne. Last year the event had more than 900 anglers…


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