Caney Creek Bass Club Youth Tournament Makes Big Splash

Most of the times when you think of a bass tournament you think of a bunch of grown-ups taking to the water in hopes of winning a prize. What you forget is that fishing is not just something you do for tournament competition but for family fun as well.

There is hardly any better way for a family to spend time than by going fishing together. For some it is a time tested tradition of passing down fishing knowledge from Grandpa, to father to the young one coming up. For others it is simply a rare occasion of family time that is never forgotten.

When you combine the two above mentioned scenarios you have one of the best times ever on a lake. This was evidenced recently when the Caney Creek Bass Club held their first ever Youth 12 years and under Bass Total Weight Tournament that saw 25 anglers age 5-12 participate with, of course,  their “boat captain” guiding the way. To say it made a “Big Splash” is an understatement.

Here are the results and a few pictures to remember the day by.


1st Place – Bella Caskey (8yrs old)             3.61lbs

2nd Place  -Jaxson Womack (7yrs old)      3.31lbs


1st Place – Jaxon Womack (7yrs old)          7.03lbs.

2nd Place- Bella Caskey (8yrs old)              5.83lbs.

3rd Place – Cruz Nomey (5yrs old)              5.47lbs.

3rd Place – Grant Griffin (6yrs old)             5.47 lbs.

3rd Place – Dawson Griffin (10yrs old)        5.47lbs.

4th Place- Jaylin Williams (10yrs old)        5.40lbs.

4th Place – Drew Williams (12yrs old)        5.40lbs.

5th Place – Hunter Williams (6yrs old)      5.06 lbs.

5th Place – Dane Clifton (8yrs old)               5.06lbs.

5th Place – Alex Lewis (12yrs old)                5.06lbs.

6th Place- Dalton Blackman (10yrs old)   3.29lbs.

6th Place – Denver Blackman (12yrs old)  3.29lbs.

7th Place- John Hilburn (6yrs old)              2.46lbs.

8th Place -Landry McAllister (8yrs old)    1.95lbs.

8th Place – Bryar McGuffy (8yrs old)           1.95lbs.

8th Place – Cade Mercer (9yrs old)              1.95lbs.

9th Place- Hailey Chatham (12yrs old)     1.46 lbs.

9th Place – Ben Ramsey (12yrs old)             1.46lbs.

10th Place -Carter Green (10yrs old)        1.44lbs.

11th Place – Maddox Lee (10yrs old)         0.51lbs.

11th Place – Austin Lee (12yrs old)              0.51lbs.

Three teams had fish on but could not get them in the boat. In this tournament everybody is a winner and went home with a gift.

Team # 6 – Parker Brown (7yrs old) & Bailey Brown (11yrs old)

Team # 14 – Dustin Blackman (5yrs Old)



CANEY LAKE – Bass fishing has been fair to good fishing the deep drops and humps with deep diving crank baits and over-sized plastic worms. Some are also being caught early and late on topwater lures fishing in the shallows. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. Crappie fishing has fair fishing around the deep tops on shiners or jigs. Night tournaments are being held Thursday nights at Hooks Marina with a 3-fish limit. For latest information contact Bateaux on Caney Lake at 259-6649, Hooks Marina at 249- 2347, Terzia Tackle at 278-4498 or the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

BUSSEY BRAKE – Bass fishing has been good with some big double digit fish caught along the edge of the pads and around the button willows on soft plastics, spinners and jigs. Bream are fair. No report on catfish or crappie.

OUACHITA RIVER – Bass have been best fishing the cuts with shad imitation lures. Crappie are fair in the river lakes fishing shiners or jigs 4-8 feet deep in 10-12 foot water. Bream are fair on worms and crickets. For latest information, contact the Honey Hole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

LAKE D’ARBONNE – Crappie fishing has been best fishing the old channels and on the flats on shiners and jigs. Bass have been good at night on dark colored plastic worms and dark spinner baits. During daylight hours, they are best fishing the deep holes and channel drops with crank baits, wacky worms, jigs and spinners. Bream are fair on crickets and worms. Catfishing has been good fishing off the banks with cold worms and night crawlers. For latest reports, call Anderson’s Sport Center at 368-9669 or HoneyHole Tackle Shop at 323-8707.

LAKE CLAIBORNE – Bass have been better at night with some in the 5 pound range caught on dark spinners and soft plastics. Crappie fishing continues to be good fishing jigs or shiners 12-15 deep around submerged brush sitting in 20 foot water. Catfish are fair tight-lining cold worms. Bream are fair but running rather small. Stripers are schooling and hitting shad imitations while trolling for them with white bucktails is also working. Stripers are schooling and fishing has improved trolling bucktails and spoons.. For latest information, call Tim Loftin at Kel’s Cove at 927-2264.


Big Bass Winner: Bella Caskey
2nd place Big Bass: Jaxson Womack
Team Jaylin and Drew
Team Dawson, Grant and Cruz

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