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The Road to Bussey Brake

Rays of quiet emotions broke through with the daylight as I made the drive up Bonner Ferry Road, across the Bayou Bartholomew Bridge past fields of sunflowers and soybeans into the overlapping oak and pine canopy tunnel. The road to Bussey Brake. To the left was the levee; to the right, the twisting bayou. Folks … Continue reading

For there’s no other way

Trust and obey. For there is no other way to live in light and avoid the darkness of the world. And right now we need all the light we can have, because the darkness has reared its ugly head in the world, in politics and in the media like never before in our nation.

Another celebration for Bussey

The fish are already biting. The fishermen are already lining up at the boat ramp. And Friday morning, there was a ribbon cutting on one of the new piers to celebrate a big first 10 days and the opening of the newly renovated Bussey Brake Reservoir north of Bastrop. The attention Bussey is getting from … Continue reading

Another Bussey 10-pounder!

The first reported ten pounder caught out of the renewed Bussey Brake came last week. Now this week, another one is on the list. Here’s the rest of the story: Alton “Dallas” Brown tried to go to Bussey Brake on opening day last week, but the line was too long. When he got there, there … Continue reading

More on Crappie Masters

For decades, summer crappie fishing on the Ouachita pretty much flew under the radar. I mean, very few people did it. And the ones that did trolled around the shallow backwater lakes with a long pole and a lone jig. Or they fished a jig in the thick tops along the river. But speaking of … Continue reading

Thomas & Porter & $10,600

What was their secret? The bait? The water? The area? Was it just their lucky day? Nope. None of those specifically. Jason Thomas and Shannon Porter won the Crappie Masters National Qualifier on the Ouachita River with a two day total of 14 crappie weighing 26.96 pounds to claim the $10,600 first prize check. It … Continue reading

Thomas, Porter grab CM lead

Knowing the Ouachita River well was a boost for Jason Thomas and Shannon Porter Saturday. The local duo landed seven crappie weighing 13.65 pounds Friday to take the lead in the Crappie Masters National Qualifier on the river out of the Forsythe Boat Dock in Monroe. Brian Young and Diesel Byrd were second after day … Continue reading

Welcome back, Bussey Brake

Woo hoo! I got a big bucket check this week. The check had no monetary value, but was a valuable check off my “bucket” list. I got to spend a morning on Bussey Brake getting an on-the-water look at what “new” Bussey is like to provide a preview for lakedarbonnelife.com readers. Thanks to the Louisiana … Continue reading

Made anew

There’s a lot of buzz in the area over the re-opening of the new Bussey Brake Reservoir. The old, worn out lake has been made anew by restocking and improvements that is giving it new life. You can be like Bussey, too. Isaiah 40:31

A win any way you look at it

Lisa Crow was disappointed when she saw that Farmerville didn’t win the national HomeTown Takeover contest this year, sponsored by the popular HGTV show “Hometown” and hosted by Ben & Erin Napier of Laurel, Ms. Lisa and her husband, John, found out about the contest this spring and quickly put together an entry for the … Continue reading

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