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Slab crappie allow me no rest

Standing up through the Crappie Masters weigh-in at D’Arbonne Friday and Saturday got a bit tiring, but never boring. There were so many big fish coming to the scales. About halfway through each day, I’d slip over to the truck and sit down in the front seat to rest my weary bones. But every time I did it, the big crappie would allow me no rest.

“We’ve got a new leader for the big crappie of the day,” Brian Sowers’ voice would boom out over the P.A. “Looks like a 2.68!”

Off I’d go, camera in hand. A few minutes later it was a 2.72, then a 2.86, 2.98…then a …well, you get the picture. All the way up to 3.25 pounds for the largest fish of the event. And the seven fish limits kept getting bigger and bigger, so I finally just camped out in front of the the scales. Eventual winners Matthew and Bruce Rogers took the cake (and the $10,000 first prize) with a 16.47 weight for seven crappie. Monsters, each and every one. Thank goodness for digital cameras. I would have run out of film at this one the old fashion Kodak way! The fishermen did a remarkable job of finding and catching some whopper stopper crappie.

D’Arbonne is a tremendous crappie lake. Everybody involved needs to work to keep it that way. So many times we take treasures like this for granted. We cross our fingers and hope for the best. That won’t cut it. I hope the folks with responsibility for D’Arbonne know that and make sure the entire resource is managed and promoted properly. But hey, they say a picture is worth a thousand words. So I’ll shut up and show you a sampling of the bunch of big Lake D’Arbonne crappie from last weekend. It was amazing. The anglers did a heck of a job seeking, finding and catching some monsters. Hide yo wife. Hide you kids. Get the net. Roll those pictures…

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