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Last minute trophy bass works better than caffeine

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 Jun 9th, 2019 by Keith Worrall  150

Modified Jun 9th, 2019 at 9:31 AM

Billy Banks with his Majestic 9.45-pound last-minute D’Arbonne lunker.

With just about 30 minutes left to fish in the annual 24-hour-long Majestic Bass Tournament marathon on Lake D’Arbonne last weekend, Billy Banks landed something to take to the scales that woke up everybody at daybreak quicker than a 16-ounce cup of dark roast caramel Macchiato.

It was a 9.45-pound largemouth that claimed the $1,500 first prize against almost 200 other anglers fishing for hourly and overall prizes. Banks weighed in the big one with just minutes to spare at the end of the 24 hour event. It blew away the rest of the field that were catching mostly 5-6 pounders that are more common this time of year. To catch one almost 10 pounds is almost unheard of in the hot summer months, tournament director Dale Taylor said.

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