Billy and Scott Williams of Cochran, Georgia have a secret that helped them overcome the extremely spooky slab crappie on Lake D’Arbonne Friday in the first round of the Crappie Masters Qualifier.
While every one of the 90 teams fishing for the $10,000 first prize had their own technique and system for finding and catching the biggest crappie on the lake, the Williams were….well, ah… I don’t know what they were doing. Like I said. It’s a secret.
“We’ll talk about that tomorrow,” Billy, the senior member of the team said.
One thing that isn’t a secret is that they duo brought seven slab crappie to the scales that weighed a whopping 15.07 pounds. For those of you who didn’t pass that new “common core” math, that’s better than two pounds apiece. The big one in their bag weighed 2.77 pounds.
These guys are on a roll. The also won the first Crappie Masters tournament of the season several weeks ago in Florida.
While their big fish was a whopper, it wasn’t even the big fish of the day. That was a 2.98 slab caught by Dustin Harris and Kelly Graham to anchor their second place catch of 14.75.
There were lots of excuses given for not catching fish on Friday. But for every excuse, another two pound plus whopper came to the scales. Twenty teams had a two pounder in their bag. Several teams had more than one. It took 12.02 pounds to make the top 20. That kind of weight leads most tournaments. The scales tipped to 2.86, 2.84, 2.80, 2.77, 2.72, 2.66, 2.61 and on and on as more anglers brought slabs to the scales.
Welcome to Lake D’Arbonne.
The second day’s weigh in will be Saturday at Rhett’s Tails and Shells on the lake. It’s gonna be a good one.
Friday’s Top 40: