This past Saturday March 17th Crappie USA held a qualifying event at South Carolina’s Lake Wateree. 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.

Semi-Pro Division Results

Taking first place was the team of Lewis Marshall of Columbia, South Carolina and Lenard Frick of Leesville, South Carolina with a total weight of 13.81 pounds and earning $1,000.00. Lewis and Lenard were fishing the lower end of the lake using chartreuse and white jigs tipped with minnows. The team was fishing in 10-28 feet of water on brush to catch 15 or 16 fish for the day.

Second place went to Britt Hicks and Lewis Holland of Camden, South Carolina with a weight of 12 pounds and earning $600.00. Britt and Lewis started out slow not catching a fish until 9:00AM. After 9:00 AM they started fishing brush in 12-20 feet of water vertical jigging jigs and minnows to end up catching nearly 50 for the day. Anglers can catch as many fish as legally possible, but can only weigh in their top 7 fish.

In third place was the Hickory, North Carolina team of Randy Pope and Steven Deitz weighing in 11.24 pounds. Randy and Steven were fishing docks what Randy is so well known for. The team were fishing docks in 5-30 feet of water catching good fish at all depths using Crème Little Fishy’s to catch nearly 150 fish for the day.

Ranger Cup Award for the Semi-Pro Division

Winning the Ranger Cup Award in the Semi-Pro Division was the team of Joe and Janette Carter of Gilbert, South Carolina receiving a check for $250.00. 

Amateur Division Results

First place in the amateur division was Kershaw, South Carolina’s lone angler Martin Kennington with a weight 11.29 pounds and earning $500.00. Martin was fishing manmade cover in 14 feet of water vertical jigging to catch 3 fish big enough to weigh in, then went to the back of a creek where he was slow trolling 3 feet deep in 14 feet of water to catch 30-35 fish for the day.

Second place went to the team of Toby Lloyd of Middleburg, Florida and Christopher Murray of Florence, South Carolina with a weight of 10.35 pounds and earning $300.00. Toby and Lloyd were long lining in 15-25 feet of water using purple passion and blue Safire AWD baits to catch nearly 150 fish for the day.

Taking third place was the Lancaster, South Carolina team of Chris Curtis and Bobby Robertson weighing in 10.16 pounds and earning $200.00. Chris and Bobby were fishing Wateree Creek up the river tight lining minnows with chartreuse and orange jigs in 2 feet of water on flats to catch 15 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 team of Lewis Marshall of Columbia, South Carolina and Lenard Frick of Leesville, South Carolina with a 2.44 pound crappie which earned them $189.00. Second place in the big fish contest was the Camden, South Carolina team of Britt Hicks and Lewis Holland with a 2.27 pound crappie which netted them a check for $81.00.

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 Liz Whorten Executive Director for the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce for all her help with the event and the Kids Rodeo”, said Tournament Director Larry Stephens. For more information on the area call: (800) 968-4037 or visit their website at: www.kershawcountychamber.org.

Stats for the Tournament:

Weather-Morning was 57 degrees, sunny and light winds 5-10 MPH. Afternoon was 80 degrees with winds 5-10 MPH.

Water-Water was 74 degrees and clear to stained.

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