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The Fishing Camp opens… and more!

Congratulations to James Reneau and the Fishing Camp Tackle & RV Park on Hwy. 165 North in Monroe for a successful Grand Opening Thursday afternoon! The Fishing Camp team celebrated with a big crowd welcomed by the Reneau family Thursday afternoon and the Grand Opening continues through this weekend. Check them out! “Our goal is … Continue reading

Stewart breaks Bussey record

Tyler Stewart matches wits with largemouth bass all over the country as a touring bass pro. But the young West Monroe pros first two trips to the “new” Bussey Brake up in Morehouse Parish? “ I didn’t even get bit,” he says. Sunday, March 16, that changed. By about 12.74 pounds, to be exact. Stewart … Continue reading

Monster Fish Weekend!

Wow! It was the weekend of the monster fish on both neighboring sides of Louisiana this past weekend. It was historic. Let’s start with the crappie. Lake Grenada in Mississippi is known as the “Home of the Three Pound Crappie” and it proved itself beyond anyone’s wildest dreams this past weekend in a Crappie Masters … Continue reading

The Grenada thump is huge!

Oh my goodness. Someone bringing a 20-pound limit of seven crappie to the scales isn’t unheard of, but it is extremely rare. But can you imagine bringing in a 20-pound bag to the weigh-in and being in TENTH PLACE? That’s what happened on day one of the Crappie Masters National Qualifier on Grenada Lake in … Continue reading

Crappie USA headed our way

America’s oldest and largest professional crappie tournament organization, Crappie USA, is coming back to Lake D’Arbonne for a one-day Qualifying Event on March 27. Most of today’s crappie fishermen won’t even remember it, but about 20 years ago, Crappie USA came to Lake D’Arbonne back before crappie tournaments were cool. They went by the name … Continue reading

Easy question at Dubach Crawfish Factory

Well, this was an easy question: “Do you want boiled shrimp, crawfish or the ribeye steak?” Answer: Yes. I love this time of year and not just because it’s time for the fish to start biting. It’s also the real crawfish season! And I love crawfish. Last weekend, I had my first batch of the … Continue reading

Team Threadgill hangs on to win CM

Midway through the final day of the Crappie Masters Louisiana State Championship on Lake D’Arbonne Saturday, first-day leaders Jason and Brandon Threadgill knew the odds of matching their Friday catch of 17 pounds plus were against them. And even though it was Brandon’s birthday, he kept hoping that $10,000 first place check might be among … Continue reading

D’Arbonne slabs unfrozen and HUNGRY

Lake D’Arbonne’s slab crappie finally unfroze Friday. And they woke up hungry. That’s all I’ve got. If you want more, here’s everything the leading fishermen said at the weigh-in about how, where and on what baits they caught their crappie on during Friday’s first round of the Crappie Masters Louisiana National Qualifier: Yep. That’s it. … Continue reading

Crappie Masters about to get real

If it didn’t come a hurricane or a snowstorm or a cold front or a flood, fishermen in the Crappie Masters wouldn’t know what to do when they came to Lake D’Arbonne. After all, fishermen on this trail have seen all that and more while coming to northeast Louisiana the past several years. But despite … Continue reading

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