Caney Lake Results: Apr 21, 2012
Harris’ Win Caney Lake Fishers of Men Event
Members of the North Central Louisiana Division of the Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail took to the waters once again with their third tournament of the season held Saturday, April 21 on Caney Lake. On the Friday night prior to the event, a pre-tournament meeting was held in which anglers, tournament staff and family members had the opportunity to enjoy a great meal sponsored by Ponchatoulas Restaurant and hear an inspiring message presented by fellow angler, John Ross. At the conclusion of the message, two anglers made recommitments of their life to Christ.
On Saturday morning, with overcast skies and consistent winds over 10 mph, each of the teams setting out at daylight from the Brown’s Landing launch/weigh-in site knew their mental and physical stamina would be tested over the course of the day as they vied for their share of the $2,400 payout.
As the weigh-in period began to draw to a close that afternoon, everyone watched closely as Kenny and Courtney Harris (hailing from Calhoun and Eros, respectively) approached the scales to submit their catch. In three of the last five years, the father/son duo had 1st or 2nd place wins on Caney and, once again, they came through, posting a five-fish stringer of 12.95 pounds that topped the leaderboard for the day. The majority of the team’s success—which garnered a 1st place prize payout of $1,390—was found fishing Carolina-rigged flukes in twelve feet of water.
Ruston anglers Mark Price and Martin Elshout followed just behind the Harris’ with their limit weighing 12.06 pounds. Over the course of the day the pair was able to catch 20-25 fish, with the early morning bite coming off Yellow Magic topwater baits and later when fishing Senkos around boat docks. In total the team’s five-fish catch for the day produced winnings of $600.
Another father/son duo—Tom and Andy Stinson—landed 3rd place overall as well as 1st place big bass honors. Just after 11:00 a.m., Tom was fishing a Texas-rigged Senko around a boat dock when the 6.90 pound lunker bit. Soon after, the pair had landed another two fish that rounded out their five-fish limit totaling 11.29 pounds which earned a cumulative payout of $340. 2nd place big bass honors went to the team of Charlie Watkins and Craig Danna for a 6.22 pounder caught by Danna on a Carolina rig.
With 60% of the season complete, the race for the points championship (the winner of which receives a cash payout as well as an automatic berth to the national championship tournament) is beginning to take shape. Currently, the Harris’ are leading the race, followed by Tom McMillan and Todd Risinger in 2nd and Jon Richardson/Trey McGuire in 3rd. The North Central Louisiana Fishers of Men division will hold the next tournament on Saturday, May 12 on Lake Claiborne. For information, log on to the website at www.fomntt.com or contact Tournament Director Brent Crawford: (318) 548-4196 or email@example.com.
The Fishers of Men would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fine national sponsors that make Fishers of Men possible: Skeeter Boats; Yamaha Outboards; Stren; Pflueger; Strike King Lure Company; Nester Hosiery; Markel American Insurance; Marshall’s Marine; Power-Pole; Duckett Fishing; Buckeye Lures; Keelshield; Solar Bat; Jacobs Glass; Helly Hansen Workwear; and, Rejuvenade.
The North Central Louisiana Division would like to thank our local sponsors that were instrumental in bringing the Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail to local anglers: Crawford Financial; Community Trust Bank; Ludwig Brothers Marine; Southern Steel Fabricators; McKinney Honda; KXKZ-107.5; First National Bank; Radian L. Hennigan, CPA; and, Ruston Glass & Mirror.
Total money collected: $2540
Total cash payback at ramp: $2400
Total cash payback percent: 95%
Total value prizes at meeting: $300
Total cash and prize payback: $2700-
Total cash and prize payback percent-107%