This past Friday and Saturday the 14th & 15th Crappie USA held the 2011 Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic on the Kentucky/Barkley Lakes out of Paris, Tennessee. These 177teams worked hard all  year to qualify for this special event  to have a chance at the $100,500.00 payback in cash and prizes.

Throughout the event banquets were held where the anglers were treated to fine Tennessee cookin along with several awards which were handed out at the banquets.

The following is a list of some of the major awards and bonus’s presented at the banquet:

  • Sportsmen of the Year Award went to John Hendrix & Kevin Randall – Team Big Bite Baits
  • Presidents award winners – Daniel and Steven Gentz
  • Young Angler of the year – Jonathan Brumley
  • Southern Pro Bonus Winners were Scott Watson and Tim Ridley $500.00
  • Ranger Cup winners were Scott  Watson and Tim Ridley $500.00 for Semi Pro Division
  • Ranger Cup winners were Delmar Clark and Greg Mathenia $125.00 for Amateur Division
  • Delmar Clark and Greg Mathenia also received Rookie of the Year Award

A very special thanks goes out to the Henry County Alliance, The Paris/Henry County Chamber of Commerce and Sheriff Monte Blue for assistance with the Fair Grounds building. For more information on the area call: 1-800-345-1103 or visit their website at:

Semi-Pro Division Results

Taking first place was the team of Tim Ridley of McKenzie, Tennessee and Scott Watson of Paris, Tennessee with a winning weight of 24.11 pounds and earning $40,500.00 in cash and prizes. Tim and Scott were fishing manmade cover on the south end of Kentucky Lake using orange/chartreuse and yellow/chartreuse Southern Pro glow jigs in 12-15 feet of water catching 75 keepers during the 2-day event. Some of the winnings include $500.00 Ranger Cup awards, $500.00 Southern Pro Bonus, $2,000.00 for National Points Champions, a Ranger V118 boat equipped with an Evinrude outboard, Minn Kota trolling motor, Humminbird electronics and a $500.00 gift certificate from Cabela’s.  

Second place went to the Murray, Kentucky team of Sammy Tidwell and Danny Todd with a total 2-day weight of 22.67 pounds and earning $4,000.00. Sammy and Danny were fishing Blood River and main lake ledges on old manmade cover in 18-23 feet of water using black/chartreuse Southern Pro Glow to catch 40 keepers per day.        

In third place was Tiptonville, Tennessee’s Steve Coleman and Ronnie Capps weighing in 22.26 pounds and earning $2,000.00. Steve and Ronnie were spider rigging on main lake channels using 2 poles each with lime/chartreuse Southern Pro glow on natural stumps and catching 30 fish per day in this tremendous event.

Daryl Cole of Leesburg, Florida and George Parker of West Palm Beach, Florida took fourth place with a weight of 22.17 pounds and earning $1,500.00. Daryl and George were spider rigging south of Paris on mail channel ledges catching 35 fish per day.

Fifth place went to the 3-person team of Steve Ferguson of Puryear, Tennessee along with partners Joey and Levi Riggs with a total weight of 22.04 pounds and earning $1,000.00. Steve, Joey and Levi were fishing in 12-17 feet of water on the south end of Kentucky Lake over manmade cover using red/chartreuse Southern Pro with Teezer jig heads and catching 80 keepers in the 2-dayy event.

Amateur Division Results

First place in the amateur division was the Trezenvant, Tennessee team of Mark and Billy Arnold weighing in 21.72 pounds and earning a Ranger Boat rig valued at $25,000.00. Mark and Billy were fishing near Paris Landing on Kentucky Lake working manmade cover in 12-13 feet of water in the mouth of bays on white/chartreuse Southern Pro with white heads to catch 60 keepers per day during the event.      

Second place went to Delmar Clark of Lavinia, Tennessee and Greg Mathenia of Trenton,  Tennessee weighing in 21.42 pounds and earning $2,000.00. Delmar and Greg also won $125.00 for the Ranger Cup Award and Rookie of the Year Award. The team was fishing Kentucky Lake in 8-12 feet of water on gray/chartreuse jigs catching their bigger fish in the middle of the day on shallow flats in 3-4 feet of water catching 60 keepers per day.

Taking third place was Johnny Clary of Greenbriar, Tennessee and Dwayne Craig of Cottontown, Tennessee with 20.92 pounds and earning $1,000.00. Johnny and Dwayne was using 1 pole to vertical jig in 17-20 feet of water on clear and smoke colored jigs with red/white/blue glitter. The team was fishing the southern end of Kentucky lake to catch 2 limits of keepers each day.

In fourth was the team of Ben Howard of Calvert City, Kentucky and Gary Wurth of Paducah, Kentucky with a weight of 20.08 pounds and earning $800.00. Ben and Gary were vertical jigging brush piles on flats in the mouth of the bays on the east side of Kentucky Lake using Southern Pro chartreuse jigs in 17-20 feet of water to catch 80 keepers per day.

Fifth place went to the Mt. Juliet, Tennessee team of Harold Maddux and Brian Oldham with 19.94 pounds and earning $700.00. Harold and Brian had to leave before the interviews were conducted.

Big Fish Award

Taking big fish of the event was the team of Delmar Clark of Lavinia, Tennessee and Greg Mathenia of Trenton,  Tennessee with a 2.33 pound crappie and earning $1,000.00. Second place in the big fish contest was a tie between Edward Shawn of Huntington Arkansas and his partner Scotty Harmon of Carnegie, Oklahoma and the team of Daryl Cole of Leesburg, Florida and his partner George Parker from West Palm Beach, Florida each team had a 2.23 pound crappie for $200.00 per team.

Congratulations to all the teams fishing this event. For a complete list of tournament standings and downloadable photos for this event visit then go to Tournament Results.

Crappie USA Free Kids Fishing Rodeo

In conjunction with the tournament Crappie USA held their Kids Rodeo on Saturday morning with several local children attending the event. All the participants signed up for a chance to win one of 6-$2,000.00 scholarships to be drawn for at the Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic. Winners of this years scholarships will be announced at a later date when the winners have been officially notified.  

Crappie USA and our anglers have contributed nearly $302,000.00 to the “Crappie Kids” Scholarships since 1997. We are very proud to be a part of the education process for the youngsters who participate in our tournaments as adult/youth teams and those who fish in the Crappie USA “Kids Fishing Rodeos”.

Stats for the Tournament:

Weather-Friday was windy with 15-25 MPH winds and temperatures in the 70’s. Saturday had winds 5-15 MPH with temperatures in the 70’s.

Water-Holding at winter pool and in great shape.  

National Sponsors of Crappie USA areCabela’s, Rebel Yell Bourbon,  Ranger Boats,  Evinrude Outboards , B ‘n’ M Poles, Minn Kota, Humminbird Electronics, Adventure Products EGO Nets, J.R. Mad’s, Charlie Brewer’s Slider Co., Big Bite Baits, TTI-Blakemore Road Runner, Driftmaster Rod Holders, Fishouflage, Touchdown, “KOOLWELL PRODUCTS”, Vicious Fishing Line, Southern Pro Tackle, Moss Back Rack Fish Attractors, Tournament Ice, World Fishing Network-WFN, Go Light Inc. and Ron Gooding Insurance.

The following companies furnish product to help make these events possible: Kodiak Fish Attractants, “Fish Guardian” and  Keep Alive.

For more information please call Crappie USA Inc. at 270-395-4204. Please visit our website at

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