Sipes Team Swipes Crappie USA Win
Crappie USA hit up the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway at Columbus, Mississippi this past weekend for a two-day $10,000.00 Super Event. Anglers from nine different states were competing for not only a part of the $10,000.00 in 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
The winning team of Gilford and Shannon Sipes.Crappie USA
Taking first place was the Alabama team of Gilford and Shannon Sipes, with a total two-day weight of 21.52 pounds, earning the duo $3,000 for the win. In addition Gilford and Shannon captured the second biggest crappie of the event with a 2.58-pounder, earning them an extra $100. In the race for the Ranger Cup Award in the Semi-Pro Division, Gilford and Shannon topped the field and received $500 for the Ranger Cup Award in the Semi-Pro Division. The Sipes were fishing the Aliceville pool slow trolling Road Runner Pro 20 heads along with Southern Pro chartreuse jigs in 8-13 feet of water. The team was targeting pre-spawn female white crappie by running the baits over cover and catching over 100 fish, some of them being male crappie.
Second place went to the Tiptonville, Tennessee team of Steve Coleman and Ronnie Capps with a total weight of 20.24 pounds. Steve and Ronnie were fishing deep wood structure on Aliceville Lake using B'n'M live bait rigs on B'n'M Poles. The team caught 80 fish throughout the tournament with their fish holding deeper in the morning and moving towards the banks after the sun came up on the water. They got $1,000 for their efforts.
In third place was the Columbus, Mississippi team of Willis Bonner and Larry Baldride with a weight of 19.68 pounds, good enough for a $600 reward. Willis and Larry were also fishing Aliceville Lake casting chartreuse/black jigs under a bobber in shallow grass two-four feet deep. The team caught between 60-90 fish in two days.
Tim Fields and Mickey McAlpine of Alabama took fourth place and $400 with a weight of 19.27 pounds. Tim and Mickey were fishing in 8-10 feet of water on Aliceville Lake using live bait part of the time and black/chartreuse Jessee Jigs later in the day in natural cover.
Fifth place went to the Forrest, Arkansas team of Tommy and Jared Roper weighing in 17.93 pounds. Tommy and Jared were slow trolling in Aliceville Lake over 8 feet of water early then moving toward the bank as the fish moved in after the sun came up. The team was flipping blue/chartreuse Southern Pro jigs under a bobber to catch near 30 fish in the 2-days of the event.
Big fish of the event went to Tommy and Wayne Nichols of Fayette, Alabama with a 2.6-pound crappie which give the team a check for $400. Tommy and Wayne were fishing Aliceville Lake vertical jigging chartreuse/black tube jigs and a red jig head under a bobber in 2-4 feet of water to catch 75 fish for the two-day tournament.
Amateur Division Results
The winning amateur team of Jesse and Nonna Wright.Crappie USA
Over in the Amateur Division, Jesse and Nonna Wright of Fayette, Alabama claimed first place with 9.77 pounds of crappie, earning the team $2,000. Jesse and Nonna were fishing Aliceville in 5-7 feet of water with their fish suspended 2 feet deep in grass. The team said chartreuse/black and purple and yellow was their best colors. The team caught 80 fish in the 2-days.
Second place and $800 went to the lone angler Chuck Justice of Louisville, Mississippi with a weight of 18.06 pounds. Chuck was fishing the Aberdeen pool in the edge of muddy water slow trolling deep early in the morning then moving in shallow as the sun came up. Chuck caught his best fish in four feet of water and he said his best colors were chartreuse/red. Chuck caught a total of 40 fish.
Taking third place and $600 was Larry Fulton and Greg Abercrombie of Mississippi with a weight of 17.7 pounds. Larry and Greg, like many others, were fishing Aliceville pool in 10 feet of water early in the morning then moved up to two feet of water later in the day. They caught over 100 fish close to the bank in grass using baits in a variety of colors.
In fourth was the team of Terry Barnes and Joe Shackleford of Mississippi, weighing in 15.85 pounds and earning $500.00. Terry and Joe were fishing Aberdeen in heavy cover mostly in natural stumps in 4-7 feet of water using chartreuse/black Southern Pro Stinger jigs to catch 80 fish in 2-days.