This past Saturday January 18, Crappie USA held a qualifying event on Crescent Lake at Crescent City, Florida where anglers from 11 different states traveled to the sunshine state to compete 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 on Lake Cumberland at Somerset, Kentucky October 16th-18th, 2014.
“The teams all had a lot of issues with 20 mile per hour winds out of the southwest all day making the main lake very hard to fish. Fish were stuck tight to the bottom according to all teams in the money”, said Crappie USA CEO, Darrell VanVactor.
Semi-Pro Division Results
Taking first place was the team of George Parker of West Palm Beach, Florida and Tim Eberly of Margate, Florida with a total weight of 13.39 pounds and earning $1,500.00. George and Tim were long line trolling Dunn’s Creek in 11-13 feet of water using blue/green AWD jigs catching 75 fish for the day working the jigs right on bottom. Their theory was that the cold front put these crappie right smack on bottom.
Second place went to the team of Dallas Thomas of Elwood, Indiana and Greg Caldwell of Noblesville, Indiana weighing in 13.17 pounds and earning $850.00. Dallas and Greg were fishing Dead Lake in 11-13 feet deep slow trolling live bait right on bottom. After losing 3 hours due to equipment failure the team managed to catch 11 fish for the day.
In third place was the team of Dennis Outlaw of Camden, South Carolina and Shelborn Bass of Kershaw, South Carolina weighing in 1.59 pounds and earning $550.00. Dennis and Shelborn were fishing the north end of Crescent Lake in 11 feet of water long line trolling AWD “Possum” colored, which was basically green/brown. The team caught 30 fish for the day.
Danny and Beth Williamson of Pelham, Georgia took fourth place in the Semi-Pro Division with 11.91 pound and earning $450.00. Danny and Beth also earned $250.00 for the Ranger Cup Award. Danny and Beth were fishing the north end of the lake in 12-14 feet of water using AWD shrimp colored jigs to catch over 50 fish for the day.
Amateur Division Results
First place in the amateur division went to the team of Jason, Chuck and the youth of the team Brody Little of Cochran, Georgia weighing in 14.56 pounds and earning $1,200.00. The team long line trolled north of the island in the middle of Crescent Lake in 13-14 feet of water using blue/chartreuse Charlie Brewer Sliders. The team caught 35 fish for the day.
Second place went to Troy Thiel of Gordon, Georgia and Ricky Willis of Gray, Georgia with 13.14 pounds and earning $700.00. Troy and Ricky also fished the north side of the island in 12 feet of water long line trolling blue/chartreuse Charlie Brewer Sliders on bottom to catch 60 fish for the day.
Taking third place was the team of Tommy Cherry of Dublin, Georgia and Harry Foskey of Cochran, Georgia with a weight of 13.01 pounds and earning $400.00 plus $125.00 for the Ranger Cup Award. If that’s not enough the team also captured big fish of the event with a 2.50 pound crappie earning the team an additional $750.00. Tommy and Harry were fishing the north end of Crescent Lake long line trolling AWD black/blue/chartreuse jigs in 13 feet of water to catch 50 fish for the day.
Fourth place went to the team of Tommy Huff of Lizella, Georgia and Robert Huff SR of Macon, Georgia with a weight of 12.54 pounds and earning $300.00. Tommy and Robert were also fishing the north side of the lake in 11 feet of water using brown/orange AWD jigs to catch 60 fish for the day long line trolling.
Fifth place went to the team of Sam Adams of Tavares, Florida and Russell Cheatham of Eustis, Florida with a weight of 12.42 pounds and earning $250.00. Sam and Russell like the others were fishing the north end of the lake using green AWD jigs long line trolling to capture 35 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 local children attending the event.. All the participants signed up for a chance to win one of 6-$1,000.00 scholarships to be drawn for at the Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic.
Crappie USA and our anglers have contributed nearly $322,000.00 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 the Putnam County EDC Board, Crescent City Mayor Joe Santa, Patrick Kennedy and all who helped make the event a success.
Welcome To Our Newest National Sponsors
We are proud to announce our newest national sponsor, RIGRAP to our growing list of outstanding sponsors which we have developed over the years. “Rap It Up”, That’s the motto of RIGRAP our newest national sponsor. Please visit their website at: http://rigraponline.com/.
Stats for the Tournament:
Weather-Cold front moved in Friday night bringing temperatures in the high 20’s early warming to 50. Winds were southwest at 15 to 20 all day.
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