Crappie USA Team Wins By 0.01 Pounds

Winning team holds up their catch of crappie.

Crappie USA held a qualifying event at the Lake Barkley State Park Marina at Cadiz, Kentucky on April 2nd. These anglers were competing for not only cash and prizes, but a chance to advance to the prestigious Cabela?s Crappie USA Classic. With over 160 anglers from 10 different states as far away as Colorado it's obvious many of these anglers are planning to qualify to fish these waters at the Cabela's Crappie USA Classic. This year's classic will be held October 12-15, 2011 on the Kentucky/Barkley Lakes at Paris, Tennessee.

Semi-Pro Division Results

Taking first place was the well known 3-person team of Steve Ferguson of Puryear, Tennessee and Joey and Levi Briggs of Dexter, Kentucky weighing in 12.93 pounds and earning $1,800.00. Steve, Joey and Levi were spider rigging manmade cover in 20-26 feet of water in the southern part of Kentucky Lake using Southern Pro tubes on Teezer heads. The white/chartreuse with black heads seem to get the team's best bites catching over 20 keeper fish for the day.

Second place went to the Paris, Tennessee team of Tim Ridley and Scott Watson. Tim and Scott fell short of the leaders by only .01 pound with 12.92 pounds and earning $1,000.00 for second place. The team was vertical fishing stake beds in the Paris, Tennessee area with white/chartreuse tubes and catching 25-30 fish for the day.

In third place was the Murray, Kentucky team of Sammy Tidwell and Danny Todd with 11.63 pounds and earning $700.00. Sammy and Danny were fishing Blood River in 12-15 feet of water over manmade cover using white/chartreuse tube jigs to catch 30-40 fish for the day.

Another Murray, Kentucky team Shawn Gore and Joey Peck took fourth place with a weight of 11.01 pounds and earning $500.00. Shawn and Joey were fishing Blood River in 12-15 feet of water using live bait over manmade cover and catching over 30 fish for the day.

Fifth place went to Matthew Tosh of Milan, Tennessee and Mike Johnson of Rutherford, Tennessee with a weight of 10.48 pounds and earning $400.00. Matthew and Mike were fishing the back end of Big Sandy in 4 feet of water using brown/chartreuse jigs tipped with minnows to catch 18 fish for the day.

First-place amateur team.

Amateur Division Results

First place in the amateur division was Tony Hanes of Trezevant, Tennessee and Tim Ayers of Idlewild, Tennessee with a weight of 12.26 pounds and earning $1,400.00. Tony and Tim were fishing manmade structure in the Big Sandy area of the lake using jigs tipped with minnows in over 20 feet of water and only catching 10 keeper size fish all day. The team also had 2nd biggest fish of the event with a 2.48 pound crappie and earning them an additional $200.00.

Second place went to the Paducah, Kentucky team of Mark and Billy Seay with a weight of 11.22 and earning $750.00. Mark and Billy were fishing Bear Creek Bay in 24-26 feet of water using chartreuse tubes to catch 25-30 fish for the day.

Taking third place was Patrick Kranz of Cadiz, Kentucky and Wally Wurth of Paducah, Kentucky with a weight of 11.36 pounds and earning $500.00. The team fished the north end of Kentucky Lake in 25 feet of water tight lining chartreuse/black jigs on the main lake. The team also had big fish of the event with a 2.52 pound crappie which netted the team an additional $600.00.

In fourth was the Mt Juliet, Tennessee team of Harold Maddux and Brian Oldham with a weight of 11.09 pounds and earning $300.00. Harold and Brian were fishing the Kenlake area in 15-26 feet of water using glow/chartreuse tube jigs. The team caught 35-40 fish for the day.

Fifth place went to the team of Dan and Bobby Laster of Wyatt, Missouri with a weight of 10.29 pounds and earning $250.00. The team had to leave before the interviews were conducted.

Congratulations to all the teams fishing this event. For a complete list of tournament standings and downloadable photos for this event, click here.


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 $302,000.00 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 Trigg County Tourism for their support in this event. For more information on the area call: (888) 446-6402 or visit their website at

"This event was held at Lake Barkley State Resort Park, the newly selected site for the 2012 Cabela's Crappie USA Classic to be held mid October 2012 in Trigg Co KY. This will be a fantastic site for the 2012 Classic, great fishing and great facilities for our anglers and their families to enjoy", said Darrell Van Vactor, CEO.

"Fishing was very slow for most teams with water dropping due to both dams pulling heavy current. Most fish caught were holding tight to cover and deep with water temps in the low 50's, but still teams from as far away as Colorado fished the event", said Van Vactor.

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