This past Saturday April 7th Crappie USA held a qualifying event on Tennessee’s Old Hickory Lake at Sumner County, Tennessee. These anglers from 7 different states were competing for not only cash and prizes, but a chance to advance to the prestigious Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic. This year’s classic will be held October 24th-27th, 2012 on the Barkley/Kentucky Lakes at Cadiz, Kentucky.
Top Team Results in the Semi-Pro Division
Taking first place was the well-known Carmi, Illinois team of Jo and Henry Haley who weighed in a limit of crappie totaling 12.11 pounds and earning $1000.00. Jo and Henry were fishing Drakes Creek and Blue Glass using tri color and glow Southern Pro jigs in 12 to 15 feet of water vertical jigging brush to catch 50 fish for the day.
Second place went to the lone angler Tim Gill of Bowling Green, Kentucky weighing in 10.25 pounds and earning $600.00. Tim was vertical jigging brush in 15 to 18 feet of water up Drakes Creek using Southern Pro purple, red and black Umbrella jigs tipped with minnows to catch 150 fish during the day of competition.
In third place was Shepherdsville, Kentucky’s Larry Clark who was also fishing alone to weigh in 9.05 pounds and earn $400.00. Larry was pulling crankbaits in 20 to 23 feet to catch his fish suspended in 15 to 18 feet of water to catch 40 to 50 fish for the day.
Top Team Results in the Amateur Division
First place in the amateur division was the Mt. Juliet, Tennessee team of Harold Maddux and Brian Oldham with a total weight of 11.04 pounds and earning $600.00. Harold and Brian were fishing the lower end of the lake from Shoots Branch to Spencer Creek using yellow Crappie Magnets to vertical jig brush in 20 to 25 feet of water. The team caught over 100 fish during the day of competition.
Second place went to the team of Johnny Clary of Greenbriar, Tennessee and Dwayne Craig of Cottontown, Tennessee weighing in 10.85 pounds and earning $400.00. Johnny and Dwayne were vertical jigging brush using Crappie Magnets on the lower end of the lake in 15 to 19 feet of water with the bigger fish hiding deep in the brush. The team caught over 100 fish for the day.
Taking third place was the Murray, Kentucky team of Mason Milby and Ashley Adams weighing in 10.19 pounds and earning $200.00 for third place. Mason and Ashley were spider rigging purple and chartreuse jigs tipped with minnows, catching their fish on bottom. The team caught nearly 50 fish for the day.
Congratulations to all the teams fishing this event. For a complete list of tournament standings and downloadable photos for this event visit www.crappieusa.com then go to Tournament Results.
Big Fish Award
Taking big fish of the event was the Carmi, Illinois team of Jo and Henry Haley with a 2.06 pound crappie and earning $175.00. Second place in the big fish contest went to the 3 person team of Chris Fowler of Hendersonville, Tennessee and Guy and Dylan Fowler of Huntington, Tennessee with a 2.03 pound crappie which earned the team $75.00. The youngest member of the team, Dylan was the one who caught the 2.03 pound crappie.
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.
Crappie USA and our anglers have contributed nearly $310,000.00 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”.
A special thanks goes out to Barry Young, Executive Director and Chris Dickinson Operations Manager of Sumner County Convention & Visitors Bureau for all their help with the Kids Rodeo and the tournament. For more information on the area call: 1-(888)-301-7866 or (615)-230-8474 or visit their website at: www.sumnercvb.com.
Stats for the Tournament:
Weather-The morning started out sunny and 43 degrees with light winds 5-8 MPH. The afternoon was also sunny with light winds and 74 degrees.
Water-The water was stained and 64 degrees.