Hayden Davis and Ty Theodos from Ruston High School won the Crappie Fishing for Scholarships at Lake D’Arbonne, Farmerville, Saturday.
Sponsored by Outdoor Kids LLC, CrappieUSA, Frontier Metal, Mid-State Seed and Ozark Rods, the high school teens endured a drastic change in weather as a cold front moved in the day before the tournament. Tournament morning was cold with variable winds before it turned into a more pleasant sunny afternoon, warming up into the 60’s making the fishing difficult.
Davis and Theodos weighed in 4.97 lbs to earn the top spot and $4,000.00 in scholarship money. The team stated they had a difficult time during the morning and ended up catching all their fish in the last hour of fishing. They were spider rigging with double hook minnow rigs in 8 foot of water.
The female team of Aynsley and Kara Saucier took second place with a total of 4.91 lbs. The young ladies were just .06 lbs behind the first place team. They were one poling with slip corks in 8 foot waters, fishing 4 foot deep. They also took the big fish prize with a 1.33 lb. crappie. They earned $3,200.00 in scholarship money for their effort.
Third place went to Tanner and Garrett Dotson. Their weight kept it close between the top three as they weighed in 4.87 lbs. just behind the front two runners. They were the only team to weigh in a full limit of 5 crappie and had big fish weighing 1.32 lbs. The team was fishing stumps with minnows and won $2,000.00 in scholarship money.
Cayden DeForest and Noah Durrett from Ruston earned $1,500.00 by taking 4th place. The tournament paid out over $10,000.00 in scholarship money. Wes Barmore won the boat captain drawing, winning a Power Pole. The tournament was filmed for airing on the Pursuit channel with host Paul Alpers and Steve Danna.
This group is beginning to put tournaments on all across the country and Lake D’Arbonne is fortunate to be one of the first. There was a great turnout for the first event, even though it ran into a lot of competition on Saturday between activities like football games and hunting seasons, but plans to be back next spring to give young anglers another chance! Stay tuned.
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Special thanks to 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.