This past Saturday March 17th Crappie USA held a qualifying event on Pearl River at Slidell, Louisiana. These anglers 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 3 Teams Results in the Event

First place in the event was the team of Loyle Bunn of Crossett, Arkansas and Alex Housewright of Bastrop, Louisiana with a weight of 3.84 pounds and earning $1,500.00. Loyle and Alex were fishing near Devils Elbow jigging structure in 2-3 feet of water using black and chartreuse colored jigs.

Second place went to the team of Eddie and Helen Meeks of Crossett, Arkansas weighing in 2.81 Pounds and Earning $1,000.00. Eddie and Helen were gracious enough to donate their entire winnings to the Outdoor Promotions Scholarship Fund. In all the Meeks donated $1,020.00 to the Scholarship Fund which is a big benefit to students who wish to further their education and have the opportunity to have a career in a field they would enjoy. Eddie and Helen were also fishing near Devils Elbow using black and chartreuse Southern Pro Jigs and minnows in 2-4 feet of water to catch a total of 6 fish for the day.

Taking third place was the team of Roger Williamson of Metairie, Louisiana and Craig Domingue of Slidell, Arkansas with a weight of 2.67 pounds and earning $500.00. Roger and Craig were fishing near Lake Ponchatrain using black and chartreuse colored jigs in 2-3 feet of water to catch 6 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.

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 Tanya Leader from the St. Tammany Parish Tourist & Convention Commission for being on hand at the seminar, weigh in and for sponsoring this event which helps to support the Louisiana Tourism Coastal collation”, said Tournament Director Tanner Tabor. For more information on the area call: (800) 634-9443 or visit their website at: www.louisiananorthshore.com. The Louisiana North Shore Area is more than just a place to fish. Anglers and their guest should plan to spend a few days or maybe even plan a vacation in the area with all the things to do and sites to be seen.

Special donations make this a Special Event

In addition to the Meeks donating their winnings of $1,020.00, Eddie and Helen Meeks presented Crappie USA with a $500.00 donation to the “Outdoor Kids Scholarship Fund” from Joy Stephenson, in the memory of her husband, Jim Stephenson. Jim passed away about 2 weeks ago and was an avid crappie fisherman and supporter of Crappie USA.  “I’d like to also give a special thanks to the La Quinta Inn in Slidell for being the host hotel of this event”, Said Tanner.

Stats for the Tournament:

Weather-Sunny low 80’s, wind was 8-18 mph out of the east.

Water-The water was high with swift current, and stained.

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