Local D’Arbonne anglers Chris Fields and Jared Riser came within the weight of a crappie hair jig from catching a 16-pound, seven fish limit on D’Arbonne Friday in the Crappie Masters tournament. They took the lead in the race for the $10,000 first prize. Sixty-eight teams weighed in Friday. With one day left, it’s still anybody’s ballgame. Twelve teams had limits that averaged over two pounds per fish. And the fishing should be better Saturday when the winds die a bit and the weather warms up a few degrees.
If you don’t think forward facing sonar has changed the game, just look back at the first CM tournament on D’Arbonne in 2017 when the winners had a two-day total of 26.02. Fields and Riser (and some of their close competitors) are on pace for breaking that total weight by 10 pounds. Amazing. Twenty-six teams had a big crappie over two pounds Friday. Keaton and Les Standstipher caught the largest, a 2.86.
Here’s a look at the top 20 after Day One. And if you want to keep up with the action angler-by-angler with a first-class updated leaderboard, tune in to on line to — http://crappiecentral.com/leaderboard/
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