S.C. Team Wins It All In Crappie USA Tournament
This past weekend Crappie USA held a qualifying event at South Carolina's Lake Wateree. These anglers 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.
Semi-Pro Division Results
Winning team of Lenard Frick and Lewis Marshall.Crappie USA
The team of Lewis Marshall and Lenard Frick of South Carolina claimed first place and $1,000 with a total weight of 13.81 pounds. Lewis and Lenard were fishing the lower end of the lake using chartreuse and white jigs tipped with minnows. The team was fishing in 10-28 feet of water on brush to catch over 15 crappie for the day.
Second place and $600 went to Britt Hicks and Lewis Holland of Camden, South Carolina with a weight of 12 pounds. Britt and Lewis started out slow not catching a fish until 9 am. After that they started fishing brush in 12-20 feet of water jigging vertically with minnows, ultimately catching nearly 50 fish for the day. Anglers can catch as many fish as legally possible, but can only weigh in their top 7 fish.
In third place was the Hickory, North Carolina team of Randy Pope and Steven Deitz with a weight of 11.24 pounds. Randy and Steven were fishing docks what Randy is so well known for. The team were fishing docks in 5-30 feet of water catching good fish at all depths using Crème Little Fishy's to catch nearly 150 fish for the day.
Ranger Cup Award for the Semi-Pro Division: Joe and Janette Carter of Gilbert, South Carolina received $250 for winning the Ranger Cup Award.
Amateur Division Results
First place in the amateur division was Kershaw, South Carolina's lone angler Martin Kennington with 11.29 pounds, earning $500 for the victory. Martin was vertical jigging in manmade cover in 14 feet of water for his three biggest fish, then went to the back of a creek where he was slow trolling three feet deep in 14 feet of water to catch 30-35 fish for the day.
Second place and $300 went to the team of Toby Lloyd of Middleburg, Florida and Christopher Murray of Florence, South Carolina with a weight of 10.35 pounds. Toby and Lloyd caught nearly 150 fish long lining in 15-25 feet of water using purple passion and blue Safire AWD baits.
Taking third place was the Lancaster, South Carolina team of Chris Curtis and Bobby Robertson weighing in 10.16 pounds and earning $200. Chris and Bobby were fishing Wateree Creek up the river tight lining minnows with chartreuse and orange jigs in two feet of water on flats to catch 15 fish for the day.
Big Fish Award
Taking big fish of the event was the winning team of the Sem-Pro Division, Lewis Marshall and Lenard Frick, with a 2.44 pound crappie that earned them $189. And mirroring the Semi-Pro results even more, the second-place team of Britt Hicks and Lewis Holland also caught the second-biggest fish, 2.27-pound crappie that netted them a check for $81.