A lot of times, crappie don’t want to hit a bait that is moving, especially when conditions are tough. That may be why so many of the pro fishermen had trouble getting a lot of big fish to bite this weekend in the Crappie Masters tournament on Lake D’Arbonne. I mean, it would be hard for anybody to hold a bait still and it not be shaking in this kind of weather. It was miserable.
But Hayden and Dan Jeffries from Mississippi managed to do something right to take home the $10,000 win weighing in a two-day catch of 14 fish weighing 29.07 pounds. It was their first Crappie Masters tournament.
Second was Lamar Bunting fishing by himself while first day leaders and defending CM National Champions from the lake last year, TJ and Alex Palmer, came in third.
Of the 118 teams ended, only 30 managed to catch a seven fish limit for two days weighing in for a 1.5 pound average or better. The average two-day weight per team was 13.99 pounds, just about a one-pound average. Many said they saw some bigger fish, but couldn’t get them to bite.
The Top 30 *
Note: * Anglers hometowns are not provided by Crappie Masters