The Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters Tournament Trail held the first ever Louisiana State Championship, February 26 and 27, 2016 on Lake D’Arbonne in Farmerville, LA. Seventy-five teams from 15 different states were in attendance to fish this highly awaited championship. The ever-increasing popular Lake D’Arbonne did not disappoint.
Terry Richard and Casey Raynor, from West Monroe, LA, posted a two-day total of 28.00 pounds to take home the crown and become the first Louisiana State Champions. Richard and Raynor were long line trolling black and chartreuse jigs on their B’n’M Poles. “We were fishing at .9 to 1.0 miles per hour in 12 to 14 foot of water,” they said. Their fish came from 7 to 9 foot deep out on the flats. The Champions took home a check for $6,500.00, which included a $500.00 bonus, donated by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol, for using E10 gasoline in their boat. Richard and Raynor are sponsored by Honey Hole Tackle, Catfish Charlies, The Fish House, Huddleston Construction, Twin City Granite, River Grill, and The Kitchen.
Second place went to the team of Josh Gowan, Louisiana, and Josh Chipman, Missouri with 27.54 pounds. The team was spider rigging with B’n’M Poles and Stren line in 13 to 35 foot of water. “We were catching them on black and pink jigs tipped with minnows,” said Gowan. “They were just off the bottom.” Their boat was equipped with a Minn Kota trolling motor and Humminbird electronics. Gowan and Chipman are sponsored by B’n’M Poles, Crappie Magnet, Silent Stalker, Ego Nets, Hi Tek Stuff, Navionics, and Wilson Outdoors. They took home a check for $3,950.00, which included a $450.00 check for second big fish of the tournament at 2.47 pounds.
Third place went to the Strike King, B’n’M Poles, Power Pole, Top Gun Marine, Interstate Batteries, and Abernathy Power Sports team of Tim Blackley, Tennessee, and Krappie Kings Host, Karl Kalonka, all the way from Canada. Their two day weight of 26.72 pounds was good for a $2,500.00 check. Blackley and Kalonka were spider rigging in 25 foot of water using Capps and Coleman double minnow rigs. They caught their crappie 20 foot deep on B’n’M Poles.
Big Fish of the Tournament went to Greg London and Scott Black. The Arkansas team weighed in a monster 2.53 pound Lake D’Arbonne crappie. This one fish paid the team $1050.00 for their efforts.
Top finishing Male/Female team went to Paul and Elizabeth Turner from Tennessee. Their team total weight was 26.07 pounds. They took home a $100.00 Bass Pro Shops gift card and a Navionics Platinum chip along with a check for $1,500.00 for finishing in 5th place in the tournament.
Top finishing Adult/Youth team went to Chris and Camran Younger, Tennessee, with 18.74 pounds. The Youngers received a new Minn Kota trolling motor and a $100.00 Everharts Sporting Goods gift card.
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