Plank, Lynch Win Crappie USA Event on Decatur Lake
1st Place finishers Brian Plank & Jason Lynch.Crappie USA
This past Saturday May 21st Crappie USA held a qualifying event at Nelson Park, 2203 East Shore Drive in Decatur where anglers from 6 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 12-15, 2011 on the Kentucky/Barkley Lakes at Paris, Tennessee.
Semi-Pro Division Results
Taking first place was the team of Brian Plank of Mt. Zion, Illinois and Jason Lynch of Decatur, Illinois with a total weight of 7.12 pounds and earning $1,100.00. Brian and Jason were fishing Basin 1 all day in just a foot of water using pink/chartreuse and yellow/chartreuse tubes and some minnows under a bobber to catch nearly 40 fish for the day and only half of them keepers. Each team is allowed to weigh in their 7 largest crappie for the day.
Second place went to Tim and JD Benson of Oakley, Illinois weighing in 7.06 pounds and earning $650.00. Tim and JD were fishing the north end of the lake slow trolling minnows in 2-5 feet of water in the river. Tim and JD caught around 100 fish on the bottom with around 40 of them keepers.
In third place was Robert Carlson of Bethany, Illinois and Ivan York Jr of Decatur, Illinois weighing in 6.94 pounds and earning $450.00. Robert and Ivan were fishing Basin 1 in a foot of water or less all day vertical jigging ad corking jigs of several different colors to catch 30 fish for the day and 20 of them keepers.
One of our national sponsors Ron Gooding of Ron Gooding Insurance took home a check for $250.00 for the Semi-Pro Division Ranger Cup Award.
Amateur Division Results
First place in the amateur division was Tony Williams of Bloomington, Indiana and Tim Dunigan of Indianapolis, Indiana with a total weight of 7.14 pounds and earning $850.00. Tony and Tim were fishing Pools 1,2 and 3 on rip rap using chartreuse/white and green/white homemade hair jigs in shallow water to catch 250 crappie for the day with 30-40 of them keepers.
Second place went to Brad and Dave Holmes of Decatur, Illinois with a total weight of 7.03 pounds and earning $550.00. Brad and Dave were fishing Basin 1 in about 1-2 feet of water using Southern Pro tube jigs to catch 10 keepers for the day. Brad also won the Amateur Division Ranger Cup Award receiving a check for $125.00.
Taking third place was Jacob Gessford of Decatur, Illinois and Richard Kidd of Shelbyville, Illinois with a weight of 6.83 pounds and earning $400.00. Jacob and Richard were fishing Basins 1 and 2 casting and vertical jigging chartreuse/white Southern Pro Tubes over brushpiles to catch around 100 fish for the day.
In fourth was the team of Cory Mundwiller of Oreana, Illinois and Ryan Markwell of Warrensburg, Illinois with 6.71 pounds and earning $250.00. Cory and Ryan were fishing the north end of the lake in a foot or less of water corking jigs and only catching around 20 fish for the day.
Fifth place went to the team of Daniel and Steve Gentz of St. Louis, Missouri weighing in 6.61 pounds and earning $200.00. Daniel and Steve were fishing Basin's 1, 2, 3 and 5 catching suspended fish in 7-12 feet of water slow trolling minnows with white jigs.
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 Award
Taking big fish of the event was the team of Tim and JD Benson of Oakley, Illinois with a 1.44 pound crappie and earning $364.00. Second place in the big fish contest ended up in a tie between the teams of Brian Plank of Mt. Zion, Illinois and Jason Lynch of Decatur, Illinois and the team of Daniel and Steve Gentz of St. Louis, Missouri with each team weighing in a 1.39 pound crappie and each team earning $78.00.
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?.