T.J and Alex Palmer from Missouri won the 2021 Crappie Masters National Championship on D’Arbonne last year. And now, the father/son team is picking up where they left off, leading the CM qualifier on the lake in Farmerville with a seven fish limit weighing 14.39.
Nick DeWolf of Bossier city was the top Louisiana finisher after Day One with 13.70 and Farmerville’s Chris Fields and Jared Riser were right with 12.75. Freezing, damp conditions made it tough on the fishermen, but it seemed to move big crappie closer to cover and made them easier to locate, although tougher to catch for some.
Twenty three of the pro teams, including a couple of past champions, did not weigh in a single crappie on D’Arbonne Friday. The average weight for the biggest fish caught was 1.46 pounds, down from some past tournaments held when the fish were full of eggs and ready for the spawn.
The top 25 are listed above. The winning team or individual takes home $100,000. Anglers are allowed to fish with a partner or by themselves. Hometowns of the anglers are not supplied by Crappie Masters.
The tournament has a big economic impact on the area and is sponsored by the Union Parish Tourist Commission, Town of Farmerville, Union Parish Police Jury, Union Chamber and the Louisiana Tourism Department.