Illinois Duo Wins Tennessee Crappie USA Event
Henry and Jo Haley.Crappie USA
This past weekend Crappie USA held a qualifying event on Tennessee's Old Hickory Lake at Sumner County, Tennessee. Anglers from seven different states were competing 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 October 24th-27th, 2012 on the Barkley/Kentucky Lakes at Cadiz, Kentucky.
Top Team Results in the Semi-Pro Division
Taking first place was the well-known Carmi, Illinois team of Jo and Henry Haley who weighed in a limit of crappie totaling 12.11 pounds, earning $1000 for their winning efforts. The Haleys were fishing Drakes Creek and Blue Glass using tri color and glow Southern Pro jigs in 12 to 15 feet of water, vertical jigging brush. They caught 50 fish for the day.
The team also picked up an additional $175 with the biggest fish of the tournament, a 2.05-pounder.
Second place went to the lone angler Tim Gill of Bowling Green, Kentucky, weighing in 10.25 pounds, good enough for $600. Gill was vertical jigging brush in 15 to 18 feet of water up Drakes Creek using Southern Pro purple, red and black Umbrella jigs tipped with minnows to catch an amazing 150 fish during the day of competition.
Larry Clark of Shepherdsville, Kentucky placed third with 9.05 pounds, earning $400. Clark caught over 40 fish pulling crankbaits between 15 and 20 feet of water.
Top Team Results in the Amateur Division
Harold Maddux and Brian Oldham.Crappie USA
First place in the amateur division and winners of the $600 top prize was the Mt. Juliet, Tennessee team of Harold Maddux and Brian Oldham with a total weight of 11.04 pounds. The duo were fishing the lower end of the lake from Shoots Branch to Spencer Creek using yellow Crappie Magnets to vertical jig brush in 20 to 25 feet of water. The team caught over 100 fish during the day of competition.
Johnny Clary and Dwayne Craig of Tennessee placed second with 10.85 pounds, earning $400. Like Maddux and Oldham, Clary and Craig also vertical jigged with Crappie Magnets on the lower end of the lake, but at a slightly shallower depth.
Taking third place was the Murray, Kentucky team of Mason Milby and Ashley Adams weighing in 10.19 pounds and earning $200. The team caught nearly 50 fish by spider rigging purple and chartreuse jigs tipped with minnows, catching their fish on bottom.
Big Fish Award
As mentioned above, the Haleys brought in the Big Fish of the event. Second place in the big fish contest went to the three-person team of Chris Fowler and Guy and Dylan Fowler with a 2.03-pound crappie, which earned the team $75. Dylan, the youngest member of the team, caught the fish.