This past Saturday May 18th, Crappie USA held a qualifying event on Patoka Lake near Jasper, Indiana. Over 80 anglers from 10 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 23-26, 2013 on Kentucky Lake at Paris, Tennessee.
Semi-Pro Division Results
Taking first place was the team of Jeremy Davis of Dayton, Ohio and Warren Cotton of Memphis, Tennessee with a weight of 6.07 pounds and earning $1,000.00. Jeremy and Warren also received an additional $500.00 for taking first place in the Ranger Cup award. The team established a pattern while practicing, but it did not pay off so they used their Humminbird 898SI to locate fish holding tight to cover. The team located their fish on the main lake and vertical jigged for the fish they had marked and used chartreuse and orange Big Bite Bio Baits to catch 8 good fish out of over 60 fish they had caught in 15-25 feet of water on a main river channel break. Each team is allowed to weigh in their top 7 fish at the end of the day and they must be alive.
Second place went to Ryan Rohl of Birdseye, Indiana and Steve Rohl of Paoli, Indiana with a weight of 5.23 pounds and earning $600.00.Ryan and Steve were fishing up river spider rigging in 6 feet of water using live bait to catch over 25 fish for the day.
In third place was Taswell, Indiana team of Kirk Wyman and Chuck Anderson with a total weight of 4.66 pounds and earning $400.00. Kirk and Chuck were longline trolling up river using blue/silver jigs over weed beds in 6 feet of water catching several small fish for the day.
Amateur Division Results
First place in the amateur division was William Egan of Bloomington, Indiana and Ron Ritter of Bedford, Indiana with a total weight of 7.4 pounds and earning $850.00. The team also had luck go their way by catching big fish of the event with a 2.59 pounder which give them an additional $340.00. Also receiving an additional $250.00 for the Ranger Cup Award in the Amateur division. William and Ron were spider rigging the main lake in 11 feet of water using light blue jigs targeting pre-spawn females over cover.
Second place went to Tom Housh of Mt Orab, Ohio and Jay Housh of Elizabethtown, Kentucky with a weight of 5.48 pounds and earning $550.00. Tom and Jay were fishing up river in 12-13 feet of water using orange jigs to catch several fish for the day.
Taking third place was Tony Williams of Bloomington, Indiana and Kevin Rogers of North Vernon, Indiana weighing in 5.32 pounds and earning $400.00. Tony and Kevin were longline trolling open water on the main lake using light blue jigs to target suspended fish in open water. The team caught over 60 fish using this technique.
In fourth was the team of Richard Huber of Fairbury, Illinois and Jason Huber of Bloomington, Illinois weighing in 4.46 pounds and earned $250.00. Richard and Jason were fishing the end of Goose Island on the main lake in 12-13 feet of water using black/blue Charlie Brewer sliders which helped them catch more fish than they could even count for the day.
Fifth place went to the Murray, Kentucky team of Mason Milby and Ashley Adams weighing in 4.31 pounds and earning 200.00. Mason and Ashley also took second biggest fish of the event with a 1.67 pound crappie which earned the team an additional $150.00. Mason and Ashley were fishing in 7-22 feet of water over stumps in the Hoosier Hills Marina area spider rigging black/chartruse Southern Pro jigs tipped with Stubby Steve’s to catch over 100 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.
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