Crappie USA to host qualifying event on Neely-Henry Lake

Coming up next weekend Crappie USA Inc., "America's Premier National Crappie Fishing Tournament Organization" will be holding a qualifying event on Neely-Henry Lake Saturday May 1, 2010. Anglers will be fishing for a 7-fish limit of crappie, which could net them a check along with the opportunity to advance to the Cabela's Crappie USA Classic, the most prestigious event in crappie fishing today. This year's classic will be held on Alabama's Pickwick/Wilson Lakes. This will be the perfect opportunity for crappie anglers from Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia to fish and qualify for this year's classic to be held at nearby Pickwick/Wilson Lakes at Sheffield, Alabama. For those of you who have never fished in a crappie tournament this is your opportunity. In Crappie USA event we have a Semi-Pro division along with an Amateur Division which gives anglers that are new to the sport a chance to compete against other local anglers with a lower entry fee making it an affordable option to compete for cash and prizes and a chance to advance to the Cabela's Crappie USA Classic, the most prestigious event in crappie fishing today.


Registration and Seminar

A pre-tournament seminar will be held on Friday evening at the Convention Hall, Albert Rains Blvd in Gadsden, Alabama. Sign up will begin at 5:00pm with the meeting and a National Sponsor Field Test Product Drawing starting at 7:00pm local time. This seminar is open to the public. For those not fishing the event, we encourage you to come out to this meeting and meet the top crappie anglers in the region.

The Weigh In Site

The tournament weigh-in will be held on Saturday at Coosa Landing, 200 Lake Street in Gadsden beginning at 3:00pm. We are looking for a great weigh-in on Neely-Henry, which is known for excellent springtime crappie action. This is the perfect opportunity for non-competitors to come and learn how the big ones are caught. Interviews of the top 5 teams will be conducted after the weigh in.

Sponsor and Host Lodging Site

The City of Gadsden would like to welcome all Crappie USA anglers and their guest to the area and hope they take the opportunity to enjoy the many attractions in the area. For more information on the area call: 256-549-4500 or visit their website at: www.cityofgadsden.com. Host lodging for the event will be the Gadsden Inn & Suites, 200 Albert Rains Blvd in Gadsden. For reservation call: 256-543-7240. Rooms maybe limited so make your reservations early and mention Crappie USA.

How to Enter

You can enter our tournaments by filling out and sending in an entry form or by registering on our website at www.crappieusa.com before the deadline listed on the form. Teams may also enter at the pre-tournament seminar on Friday night. All late entries will be subject to a $20.00 late fee.


ACA membership is required to fish in our tournaments and a space is provided on our entry form for you to become a member. Teams may consist of one or two partners. Teams may have a third partner if third partner is under the age of 16. Pole limits for three-partner teams will be the same as two-partner teams.

Entry fees in all qualifying tournaments are $100.00 per team in the Amateur Division and $200.00 in the Semi-Pro Division. There is an optional $10.00 (Per Team) Big Fish Pot. All participants must be a member of the American Crappie Association to fish in these events. American Crappie Association membership is $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for spouse and youth memberships. Each membership will include a subscription to the official publication of Crappie USA, one of the top crappie fishing publications in the nation.

Crappie USA "Free Crappie Kids Rodeo"

Held in conjunction with the tournament will be the Crappie Kids Fishing Rodeo to be held Saturday morning at the Coosa Landing. Sign up for the Kids Rodeo will be at 8:00am with the rodeo from 9:00am till 11:00am. The Crappie USA Kids Fishing Rodeo is a chance for children of the area to get out and enjoy nature, do a little fishing and win some prizes. The event is free to all children 12 and under with all participants eligible for a chance to win one of the six, Crappie USA $2,000.00 scholarships to be awarded at the Cabela's Crappie USA Classic.


Crappie USA and our anglers have contributed nearly $290,000.00 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".

The Crappie Kids Free Fishing Rodeo has grown in many cities to be a major attraction drawing as many as 350 or more children from surrounding areas to compete for prizes and the chance at the $2,000.00 "Crappie Kids" Scholarship. All participating children must be accompanied by an adult.

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