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Hello MLF: How about a 33+ pound bag

Leader Jared Lintner hoists a keeper out of the ‘Bone

There are no secrets on the Major League Fishing tour. With cameras in every boat and a Scoretracker updating every time somebody catches a scoreable bass in the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour stop on D’Arbonne, you can see it all.

You can watch live on Major League Fishing’s website each day of the event during fishing hours.

It’s awesome to sit and watch guys from all over the country in spots you have seen and fished over the years. It’s even more awesome to see them jerk five pounders out from beside a spot you would have never thought about fishing. But enough of that.

There’s no secret about Day Two of the event. Jared Lintner of Covington, Ga, caught 11 bass weighing 33 pounds, two ounces to lead after two days of fishing. On one of the toughest days you can imagine, his catch was outstanding. D’Arbonne showed out, again! In fact, it’s got pre-tournament naysayers of Lake D’Arbonne’s bass fishery harder to find than somebody who voted for Biden. Lintner said he tried about every bait in his box, but he caught his fish on a small purple worm fished with a dropshot technique. It was what he called a “Bubba shot” rig, a Marten’s Madness colored Roboworm dipped in Pautzke Fire Gel bait scent. He’s got to head to the tackle store because he used every one of them he had, holding up the empty bag at the end of the day. Lintner said, “Today was a good day. I’m looking forward to getting back out here and fishing again on Tuesday. This is a neat lake and the people out here are awesome.”

Spohrer with a chunk landed right by the Hwy. 33 bridge

Louisiana’s Gerald Spohrer was a distance second Sunday with 18-11. The Gonzales resident rallied to move up into the top ten by fishing bridges and rip-rap with a crank bait.

There are lots of stories here today, but here are two worth sharing. All eyes are always on Kevin VanDam and Sunday, there were a few people wondering what was going on when he went deep into the afternoon without a bite. But in true fashion, he caught five fish late weighing 13-4 and moved into seven place.

And, they day’s best quote was several quotes. They call came from 10th place angler Andy Montgomery. The Blacksburg, S.C. angler said he was stuck fishing only a couple of areas because of the difficulty of navigating the limited open water on D’Arbonne. It also took him about six tries to get close to pronouncing the lake correctly, which didn’t bother him.

“Frankly, I’m a little pinned up because you can’t run up and down this lake very easily, but that may be a good thing.It made me just put the trolling motor down and fish. And in conditions like this, that’s probably the best thing to do.”

Montgomery also caught big bass of the day, a 5-12 lunker. It was one of four five pounders caught Sunday.

“That one got me some money, so I’m headed to town to get some crab lets, crawdads and shrimp and I’m gonna eat them all,” he said.

Sunday’s big bass (a.k.a — “crawdad money”) caught by Andy Montgomery

Action continues two more days at D’Arbonne. Then the top 30 then advance to Caney Wednesday and the finals at Bussey Brake Thursday. The winner takes home $100,000. Total prize package: $805,000! You can eat a lot of “crawdads” on that!

As Stalekracker says, “Let’s get it dude!” By the way for all you folks not from around here, check out that crazy cajun cook on Facebook. it’s money!

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