Remember when fishing was just for fun? When you loved to hang out with other fishermen and swap baits and stories?
That’s not a thing of the past. There’s a not-so-secret society out there that revolves around a website — Crappie.com.
There’s even a Louisiana forum where anglers share questions, comments, fishing reports, recipes and more.
And they focus on fun and fellowship.
“And catching more crappie,” Mark “Doc Waldo” Weldon added.
The group talks fishing all year long on the web, and they get together at two Louisiana sites for long weekends in February at Toledo Bend and at Lake D’Arbonne in the fall.
The main purpose of the gathering is to fish, but they share a big pot-luck supper on Friday night and have a fish fry on Saturday night.
And there are always lots of door prizes donated from bait and tackle companies.
“Most fishermen arrive on Thursday night, fish Friday and Saturday and then head home on Sunday,” Weldon said. “We invite anyone to take part.
“It’s just for fun, but we do have a $5 big-fish pot, and that is always a hoot.”
But mainly they share fishing information, get to know each other and put a face together with a name.
“It’s just a lot of fun, and it has helped every one of us become better fishermen,” Weldon said.
Weldon can be emailed at email@example.com to learn more.