Crappie USA Inc., “America’s Premier National Crappie Fishing Tournament Organization” will return to Crescent Lake one of Florida’s top lakes on January 21, 2012 at Crescent City, Florida.  Anglers will be fishing for a 7-fish limit of crappie, which could net them a check along with the opportunity to advance to the Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic, the most prestigious event in crappie fishing today.  This year’s classic will be held October 24th-27th, 2012 on the Barkley/Kentucky Lakes at Cadiz,  Kentucky.

Mayor Joseph Santa wants to welcome all the Crappie USA anglers back to Crescent City Florida for the Crappie USA opening event. “We had a wonderful event there last season and found that Crescent Lake is one of Florida’s best kept secrets in crappie fishing. Everyone caught a lot of fish and with a 2.42 pound slab taking big fish awards it is evident that Crescent holds some of the largest crappie in the state of Florida”, said Crappie USA CEO Darrell Van Vactor.

Registration and Seminar

A pre-tournament seminar will be held on Friday evening January 20th at the Crescent City (city Hall), 3 North Summit St. in Crescent City. Sign up will begin at 5:00pm with the meeting and a National Sponsor Field Test Product Drawing starting at 7:00pm local time. This seminar is open to the public. For those not fishing the event, we encourage you to come out to this meeting and meet the top crappie anglers in the region.

The Weigh In Site

The tournament weigh-in will be held on Saturday the 21st at the Mayor Neal Nelson Sunrise Park, 107 Cypress St in Crescent City beginning at 3:00pm. This is the perfect opportunity for non-competitors to come and learn how the big ones are caught. Interviews of the top 5 teams will be conducted on stage after the weigh in.

Sponsor and Host Lodging Site

Crescent City, Florida  would like to welcome all Crappie USAanglers and their guest to the area and hope they take the opportunity to enjoy the many attractions in the area. For more information on the area call: (386) 698-2525 or visit their website at: http://www.crescentcity-fl.com. Host lodging for the event will be the Lake View Motel in Crescent City. For reservations call: (386)-698-1090. Also Leonards Landing and Resort at Crescent City. For reservations call: (386) 698-2485.  Rooms maybe limited so make your reservations early and mention Crappie USA.

How to Enter

You can enter our tournaments by filling out and sending in an entry form or by registering on our website at www.crappieusa.com before the deadline listed on the form. Teams may also enter at the pre-tournament seminar on Friday night. All late entries will be subject to a $20.00 late fee.

ACA membership is required to fish in our tournaments and a space is provided on our entry form for you to become a member. Teams may consist of one or two partners. Teams may have a third partner if third partner is under the age of 16. Pole limits for three-partner teams will be the same as two-partner teams.

Entry fees in all qualifying tournaments are $100.00 per team in the Amateur Division and $200.00 in the Semi-Pro Division. There is an optional $10.00 (Per Team) Big Fish Pot. All participants must be a member of the American Crappie Association to fish in these events. American Crappie Association membership is $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for spouse and youth memberships. Each membership will include a subscription to the official publication of Crappie USA, one of the top crappie fishing publications in the nation.

Crappie USA “Free Crappie Kids Rodeo”

Held in conjunction with the tournament will be the Crappie Kids Fishing Rodeo to be held Saturday morning at Lake Stella on Central Ave in Crescent City. Sign up for the Kids Rodeo will be at8:00amwith the rodeo from9:00amtill11:00am. The Crappie USA Kids Fishing Rodeo is a chance for children of the area to get out and enjoy nature, do a little fishing and win some prizes. The event is free to all children 12 and under with all participants eligible for a chance to win one of the six, Crappie USA$2,000.00 scholarships to be awarded 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”.

The Crappie Kids Free Fishing Rodeo has grown in many cities to be a major attraction drawing as many as 350 or more children from surrounding areas to compete for prizes and the chance at the $2,000.00 “Crappie Kids” Scholarship. All participating children must be accompanied by an adult.

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