This past Friday and Saturday March 28th & 29th Crappie USA held their 2-day $10,000.00 Super event on the Pickwick-Wilson Lakes at Florence, Alabama. Over 100 of the top crappie anglers from 12 different states were competing for not only the $11,930.00 in cash and prizes, but a chance to advance to the prestigious Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic. This year’s classic will be held October 16th-18th on Lake Cumberland at Summerset, Kentucky.
Semi-Pro Division Results
Taking first place was the Murray, Kentucky team of Mason Milby and Ashley Adams with a 2-day total weight of 23.79 pounds and earning $3,000.00. The team also won the Driftmaster bonus award and will receive a free entry into a future Crappie USA event. Mason and Ashley were spider rigging in 9-20 feet of water up Bear Creek using blue/white and blue/chartreuse jigs tipped with Stubby Steve’s bait to catch a total of 70 fish in 2 days. Each team is allowed to weigh in their top 7 fish each day of the event.
Second place went to the Dexter, Missouri team of Dan Hudgens and Bruce Christian weighing in 23.63 pounds and earning $2,000.00. The team also captured 2nd biggest fish of the event with a 2.35 pound crappie and earning an additional $180.00. Dan and Bruce were fishing in Bear Creek casting the banks early then switching to spider rigging later in the day using live bait and Strike King baits to also catch over 70 fish in the 2-days.
In third place was the Corinth, Mississippi team of Dickey Barry and Danny Wilson with 23.2 pounds and earning $700.00. The team also won the Semi-Pro Ranger Cup Award earning an additional $250.00. Dickey and Danny were spider rigging Bear Creek using mostly live bait in 22-27 feet of water to catch over 50 fish in 2 days.
Another Corinth, Mississippi team, Roger and Bill Gant took fourth place in the Semi-Pro Division with 23.04 pounds and earning $300.00. Roger and Bill were fishing the Tennessee side of Bear Creek side trolling red/chartreuse and black/chartreuse Gant jigs to catch over 60 fish.
Taking fifth place was Shane Moore of Milan, Tennessee and John Eubanks of Trenton, Tennessee weighing in 22.01 pounds and earning $200.00. Shane and John were vertical jigging manmade cover in 9-11 feet of water up Yellow Creek using Black/chartreuse and Brown/chartreuse jigs to catch over 70 fish in the 2-days.
Also winning awards were the team of Jo and Janette Cater of Gilbert, South Carolina capturing the Talon $250.00 bonus award. Taking big fish of the event was the team of Kevin Randall and John Hendrix of Rome, Georgia with a 2.48 pound crappie and earning $425.00.
Amateur Division Results
First place in the amateur division went to the team of Cody England of White Bluff, Tennessee and Brent Williams of Fairview, Tennessee with a 2-day total weight of 22.51 pounds and earning $1,500.00. Cody and Brent were fishing the Waterloo area on Pickwick Lake pushing live bait in 26 feet of water with their fish suspended around 3 feet off the bottom to catch around 30 fish in the 2-days.
Second place went to Joel Harris of Belmont, Mississippi and Mike Gaddy of Fulton, Mississippi weighing in 22.47 and earning $800.00. Joel and Mike were fishing Bear Creek pulling homemade and Gant Hair jigs in 17 feet of water and catching 70 fish in the 2 days.
Taking third place was Keith Dodd of Madison, Alabama and Darrell Keil of Trinity, Alabama with a weight of 22.31 and earning $600.00. Keith and Darrell caught a total of 60 fish in the 2 days pulling black/chartreuse jigs in 17 feet of water in Bear Creek.
The Wingo, Kentucky team of Dewayne and Reed McCord took fourth place with 21.97 pounds and earning $400.00. The McCord’s also took the Amateur Division Ranger Cup Award receiving $125.00. They also received $200.00 for taking the Cumberland Crappie Double Seat Mount Bonus. The team was spider rigging in 3 feet of water up Bear Creek using Purple/chartreuse jigs to catch over 100 fish in the 2 days. 7 year old Reed McCord caught 10 of the 14 keeper fish weighed in over the 2 days.
In fifth place was the lone angler Leonard Barnett of Owensboro, Kentucky weighing in 21.78 pounds and earning $300.00. Leonard was fishing Second Creek pulling Firetiger Bomber crankbaits with the new Mustad hooks in 11 feet of water to catch over 50 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-$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 Susie and Scott with Florence Parks and Recreation and McFarland Park Marina. Also a special thanks to Charlie Brewer with Charlie Brewer Sliders for attending and helping make the event a success.
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Weather-The temperatures on Friday were in the 60’s with rain starting Friday night and ending around noon on Saturday with a temperatures at 52 degrees and winds 20-30 MPH.
Image courtesy Crappie USA