Team Licht Takes Down Crappie USA Event


This past Saturday June 11th Crappie USA held a qualifying event on Indiana?s Mississinewa and Salamonie Lakes. 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 12-15, 2011 on the Kentucky/Barkley Lakes at Paris, Tennessee.

Semi-Pro Division Results

Taking first place was the Indianapolis, Indiana team of Don and Herschel Licht with a weight of 5.78 pounds beating out the second place team by only .01 pound to earn $1,000.00. Don and Herschel were fishing Salamonie up a past the bridge fast trolling the edge of brush and weeds in 3-4 feet of water using a double rig with a Road Runner tipped with minnows and a straight shiner rig.

Second place went to the Anderson, Indiana team of Myron Etchison and Randy Marsh weighing in a close 5.77 pound and earning $600.00. Myron and Randy were also fishing Salamonie spider rigging black/chartreuse Southern Pro tubes around Monument Island in 20 feet of water with their fish holding 5-6 feet deep in the morning and 8-9 feet deep that afternoon. In all the team caught between 75-100 fish to come up with 7 keepers to weigh in. The team also received a check for $250.00 for the Ranger Cup Award.

National sponsors Ron and Connie Gooding of Hamilton, Illinois came in third place with 5.31 pounds and earning $400.00. Ron and Connie were fishing Salamonie around Monument Island in 8-12 feet of water with their catch holding 6-7 feet deep. The team was using jigs with 4 inch shiners to catch 50-60 fish for the day.

Amateur Division Results

First place in the amateur division was the 3-person team of Dax and Alex Harnon along with David Eastman from Anderson, Indiana with a weight of 6.84 pounds and earning $750.00. Dax, Alex and David were fishing Salamonie tight lining pink Charlie Brewer Sliders tipped with minnows in 20 feet of water catching their fish in 11-12 feet of water. The team caught between 60-70 fish for the day.

Second place went to the St. Mary's, Ohio team of Deb and Dave Gregory with a weight of 6.19 pounds and earning $500.00. Deb and Dave were fishing Mississinewa using Southern Pro jigs tipped with large shiners slow trolling in 19-20 feet of water catching around 40 fish close to the bottom.

Taking third place was Bloomington, Indiana's Joe McWhorter and Bill Egan weighing in 5.67 pounds and earning $300.00. Joe and Bill were single pole tight lining Salamonie in 15-17 feet of water using shiners to catch near 100 fish for the day.

In fourth was the Wabash, Indiana team of Daniel Paul and Rollin McCoart with a weight of 5.63 pounds and earning $200.00. Daniel and Rollin were fishing by the dam on Salamonie in 15-17 feet of water with their fish holding in 10-12 feet of water using Southern Pro tubes tipped with minnows, vertical jigging tree tops to catch 200 fish for the day.

Fifth place went to the Anderson, Indiana team of Ron Bilbrey and Don Mandrell with a weight of 5.5 pounds and earning $150.00. Ron and Don were vertical trolling on Salamonie using green/chartreuse jigs tipped with minnows in 22 feet of water with their fish holding in 16 feet of water to catch 50-60 fish for the day.

Congratulations to all the teams fishing this event. For a complete list of tournament standings and downloadable photos for this event visit then go to Tournament Results.

Big Fish Award

Taking big fish of the event was the team of Jim Raymer of Noblesville, Indiana and Bob Raymer of Greenfield, Indiana with a 1.61 pound crappie and earning $175.00. Second place in the big fish contest was the team of Dax and Alex Harnon along with David Eastman from Anderson, Indiana with a 1.59 pound crappie and earning $75.00.

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?.

"A big Thanks to Ryan Pershing and Fletcher Bozarth owners of Bozarth Recreational Resort for all their help with hosting the Seminar", said Tournament Director Larry Stephens.

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