Picture this, if you will. What if you put up your $350 entry fee to fish in a big pro tournament and you and your partner caught back to back 13 pound bags each day for 26 pounds total for the tournament. You’d be pumped. But what if you didn’t even finish in the money? What???? Never been heard of around here before, but this week, it could happen.
Recent weather and water concerns on Lake D’Arbonne have had some people questioning just how good the fishing on the lake would be for the upcoming Crappie Masters tournament. A group of anglers fishing in the Crappie Fishermen United of Louisiana tournament Saturday answered that concern loud and clear Saturday as the 18 teams in the event gathered for the weighin at K&M Coffee Corks and Camo.
Chris Fields and Jared Riser landed seven fish weighing 15.54 pounds, better than a two-pound average. Their big fish was a 2.51 slab. It was one of many unbelievably big bags of crappie brought in. Here’s the way the rest finished:
2nd Kyle Cummings / Chad Callender – 7 Fish 14.50 (2.47 big fish)
3rd Tanner McDonald – 7 Fish – 14.21
4th Lance Billberry / Heath Rogers – 7 Fish – 13.67 (2.44 big fish)
5th Nicholas Young / Jack Young – 7 Fish – 13.08
With the lake apparently full of two-pound fish and the spawn not underway yet and with all this new LiveScope technology and growing ability among anglers to use it, you never know what might happen. Well, not until about 5 o’clock Saturday.
Practice is underway for the Crappie Masters event. Teams from around the country are gathering on the ‘Bone for the big event. The top prize of $10,000 cash is guaranteed and the rest of the payout will be based on number of teams entering. It looks like it will be a good week for the fishermen, other than a good rain Monday and some nippy morning temperatures the rest of the week.
Weighins will be held at Rhett’s Tails and Shells on the west end of the Hwy. 33 bridge area on the lake Friday and Saturday.
As for the crappie… here’s some good advice: better hide yo wives and hide yo kids….!