Crappie USA Tournament Results for Indiana's Lake Monroe

This past Saturday October 31st, Crappie USA held a qualifying event at the Cutright Ramp on Indiana's Lake Monroe near Bloomington, Indiana. Anglers from 8 different states were competing for not only cash and prizes, but a chance to advance to the prestigious Cabela's Crappie USA Classic to be held next fall."Anglers were faced with many obstacles during the event starting on Friday as anglers tried to prefish for the event the wind gusting as high as 40 MPH and gushing rain", said tournament director Larry Stephens. "To top it all off a cold front came through late Friday night bringing cool temperatures and high winds on Saturday morning. By afternoon the temperatures had climbed only to 54 degrees with partly cloudy skies and 10-15 MPH winds", said Stephens.Semi-Pro Division ResultsTaking first place was the team of Jim Raymer of Noblesville, Indiana and Robert Raymer of Greenfield, Indiana with a weight of 10.24 pounds and earning $1,000.00. Jim and Robert were fishing between Northfork and Pine Grove vertical jigging the Capps and Coleman lime/chartreuse tubes on the new B'n'M Gold Series 12 foot poles. The team caught over 200 fish during the day in 8 feet of water with their fish holding tight to wooden structure.Second place went to Mike Walters of West Milton, Ohio and Rick Solomon of Piqua, Ohio weighing in 9.37 pounds and earning $600.00. Mike and Rick were fishing up in Pine Grove slow trolling Southern Pro jigs on 16 foot B'n'M poles catching their fish on the bottom, holding tight to wood in 4 feet of water capturing 15-20 fish during the day.In third place was Myron Etchison and Randy Marsh of Anderson, Indiana weighing in 4.35 pounds and earning $400.00. The team had to leave before the interviews were conducted.Mark and Keith Morris of New Castle, Indiana took fourth place with a weight of 2.02 pounds.Fifth place went to the lone angler Noel Thompson of Gary, Indiana with a weight of 1.83 pounds.Amateur Division ResultsIn first place in the amateur division was Tony Sherrill of North Vernon, Indiana and Fred Willis of Norman, Indiana with a weight of 10.66 pounds and earning $750.00. Tony and Fred were fishing on creek channel edges in the Middle Fork area 10-15 feet deep using minnows. The team caught 15 keeper size fish and several small fish during the day of competition.Second place went to Joe McWhorter Jr. and William Egan of Bloomington, Indiana with a weight of 7.97 pounds and earning $500.00. Joe and William were fishing the Pine Grove area working Channel edges in 6-10 feet of water, slow trolling tight to wood using 4 inch shiners and catching over 30 during the day.Taking third place was Don Licht of Indianapolis, Indiana and Roger Claywell of New Castle, Indiana with 5.87 pounds and earning $300.00. Don and Roger were fishing from the ramp at Cutright up into Pine Grove slow trolling 7 feet of water using shiners on the edge of channels with their fish holding tight to wood. The team reported catching 60-70 during the day.In fourth was the team of Tony and Teresa Williams of Bloomington, Indiana with a weight of 4.41 pounds and earning $200.00. Tony and Teresa were fishing Moore's Creek casting jigs and floats in 5 feet of water catching their fish 18-24 inches deep close to wood.Fifth place went to the team of Daniel and Steve Gentz of St. Louis, Missouri weighing in 3.85 pounds and earning $150.00. Daniel and Steve were slow trolling the Cutright area in 12-14 feet of water slow trolling with their fish close to bottom.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 AwardTaking big fish of the event was the team of Mike Walters of West Milton, Ohio and Rick Solomon of Piqua, Ohio with a 2.36 pound crappie earning them $308.00. Second place in the big fish contest was the team of Joe McWhorter Jr. and William Egan of Bloomington, Indiana with a 1.99 pound crappie earning them $132.00.Crappie USA Kids Fishing RodeoIn 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 near $270,000.00 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 Eric Marvin, Director of Sports Development for the Bloomington, Indiana CVB for all his help with the event", said tournament director Larry Stephens. For more information on the area call the Bloomington CVB at: 1-800-800-0037 or visit their website at: www.visitbloomington.com.
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