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Crappie Masters on D’Arbonne this weekend

There will be a big pro crappie tournament on Lake D’Arbonne this weekend so if you are fishing, be aware of the extra activity and boat traffic on the lake and at the ramps.

A Crappie Masters national qualifier will be held here. We didn’t get phone calls returned from Crappie Masters owner and tournament director Blake Jackson, but we did learn from another source that he said they were expecting 72 boats for the event.

That’s good news for the fishermen in the event, because payback will be better than recent tournaments and, thankfully, more than just the top two teams can win enough money to pay their expenses. There are a lot of good guys and gals fishing this tournament from all over the place and some awesome fishermen. They deserve your support and for the top finishers to be able to win some money.

The American Crappie Trail, also owned by Jackson, only drew 22 boats at its first tournament of the year on D’Arbonne in January and 25 boats on perhaps the most famous crappie lake in America, Grenada Lake in Mississippi, just a few weeks ago. This is the only stop for Crappie Masters in our region this year as there are no other CM tournaments on D’Arbonne or the Ouachita River, in spite of their popularity with crappie anglers.

Perhaps the most exciting thing about the tournaments these days is the question, “Can anybody beat Hayden and Dan Jeffries” of Mississippi.

They won the CM Qualifier on D’Arbonne in 2022 and more impressively, caught 208 fish (over one pound minimum) for a 259.30 pound two-day catch to win the ACT event on D’Arbonne in January, 2023. Thank goodness it was catch and release. Wait. It gets better. At Grenada, they also the title won catching 329 fish weighing 489.30 pounds in two days.

If you want to know more about the tournament, you’ll have to go to Crappie Masters Facebook Page, where Jackson has written his own little story about the event. Weigh-ins will be at Rhett’s, but times are not listed in his story.

#crappiemasters#haydenjeffries#crappie fishing


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