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Kids, crappie & scholarships

There’s nothing more important for outdoorsmen to do than to get kids involved in their favorite sport. Without that, the feature of our outdoors will be bleak.

Here’s an exciting new opportunity for you to do just that, and it’s coming right to our backyard.

Paul Alpers

Outdoor Kids LLC will hold a crappie fishing tournament for teens to win scholarships for college or trades schools in Farmerville on Lake D’Arbonne October 12, 2019. Sponsored by Crappie USA, Frontier Metal and Mid-State Seed, Teens Crappie Fishing for Scholarships, the tournament will be filmed and aired on the Pursuit Channel and hosted by National Champion Paul Alpers.

Scholarships awarded are from sponsorship. First place will be guaranteed a minimum of $4,000.00 ($2,000 per team member), $2,500.00 second place ($1,250 per team member), third place will receive $2,000.00 ($1000 per team member) and fourth place $1,500.00 ($750 per team member). Anyone wishing to donate may do so by mailing donations to: Outdoor Kids Teen Crappie • 220 Mohawk Ave. Louisville, KY 40209 or call: 502-384-5924 / 573-280-8020 . All donators will be recognized at the tournament.

Here’s one of the best parts. There is no entry fee for anglers to compete. At this time the tournament is limited to the first 100 teams to sign up. Anglers must hold a A.C.A. American Crappie Association membership which gives anglers a year membership with Crappie USA and Outdoor Kids. Students may participate in the tournament from the time they are going into their freshman year (having completed jr. high or middle school) up until the time they have entered college. At least one team member must be of the proceeding age. The other team member may be as young as 12 years of age. Teams must have a boater that is 21 years of age or older.

Registration and voucher pickup will be at 5:00 PM and the seminar-meeting will begin at 6:00 PM, at the WILLIE DAVIS RECREATION CENTER, 116 Cox Ferry Rd, Farmerville, LA. on October 11th .

A mandatory cooler and live-well check will be at D’ARBONNE POINTE, 147 Old Hwy 15, Farmerville, LA from 5:00 AM to 7:30 AM. Anglers will fish from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM on October 12th. Weigh in will also be held at D’Arbonne Pointe. Anglers must be in the weigh in line by 3:00 PM.

Waters are off limits for pre-fishing from dawn on Oct. 7th to dusk Oct. 10th. Anglers may pre-fish on October 11th but must be off the water at 4:00 PM.

A full set of rules are online at www.outdoorkidsllc.com. Anglers may download and mail in their entry form from www.outdoorkidsllc.com website or call in their entry at 502-384-5924 or 573-280-8020.

Paul Alpers is owner/CEO of Outdoor Kids LLC (Teens Crappie Fishing For Scholarships). He is the founder of Crappie Masters, which he sold. he has played a significant role in each of the national crappie fishing tournament trails currently running. Paul has 34 years experience in tournament fishing. He has placed and/or won many tournaments during those years, earning National Championship titles in 1984 and 2017.    He has 21 years experience in working or owning crappie tournament trails, 17 years experience in running or helping run kid’s fishing rodeos and 6 years hosting a crappie TV show.  In 2016 he was inducted into the Legends of Outdoors Hall of Fame for his dedication and accomplishments in the crappie fishing industry. Paul will be the tournament director and TV host for “Teens Crappie Fishing For Scholarships” as this dream comes true.  He invites you to join us to help youth compete for higher education funds.

Outdoor Kids will hold a Kids Fishing Rodeo on October 12, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM at D’Arbonne Pointe for kids 12 and under. Bring your pole and bait and have some fun!

Special thanks to our national sponsors, Crappie USA, Frontier Metals, Mid-State Seed, Hart’s Sauce, Power-Pole, Everharts Outdoors, Charlie Brewer’s Slider, Ozark Rods, Mid South Tackle, Pro Dezigns, Engel Coolers, Crappie Magnet, Bobby Garland Custom Baits and Pro Built Jigs.

Local Sponsors for the D’Arbonne Lake tournament are: Willie Davis Recreation Center, D’Arbonne Pointe, D’Arbonne Lake Hotel, Walmart Supercenter Farmerville, Walmart Supercenter Ruston, Walmart Supercenter Monroe, Walmart Supercenter West Monroe, Kimpa Hayes Boyd, CPA LLC, Albritton’s Service Center, Rapid Signs, Colbert Lands LLC, Union Glass, INC., Marion Bank, Huddle House, Lesters On The Lake, Janet Fortenberry State Farm, K&M Coffee, Cork’s & Camo, D’Arbonne Diner, Armstrong Cricket Farm & Tackle, Premier Chevrolet Buick GMC, Hailey Construction and Cedar Hill Game Calls.

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