Tennessee Team Wins Crappie Tournament

1st place team Brian Ramm and Stacey Weeks of Tennessee
Crappie USA

On March 19th Crappie USA held a qualifying event on what was to be on the Washington/Ferguson Lakes, but with serious flooding on Lake Ferguson from the Mississippi River all events were confined to Lake Washington. "The weigh in and Kids Fishing Rodeo were moved to Bait 'N' Thangs in Chatham, Mississippi", said Crappie USA CEO Darrell Van Vactor. "We appreciate Mike and his crew for helping make the Kids Rodeo and weigh in a big success" said Van Vactor.

"With Lake Ferguson flooded many anglers that had pre-fished during the week and had not caught many fish didn't realize that the tournament would still be held with fishing on Lake Washington and didn't register on Friday night", said Van Vactor.

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 Dyersburg, Tennessee team of Brian Ramm and Stacey Weeks with a total weight of 13.64 pounds and earning $1,000.00. Brian and Stacey were fishing the south end of the lake concentrating on an area from 8 to 10 feet deep on the ledge. The team was spider rigging orange/chartreuse and red/chartreuse Southern Pro jigs tipped with minnows to catch 12 keepers for the day including big fish of the day with a 2.46 pound crappie earning them an additional $100.00.

Second place went to Rick Smith of Brookhaven, Mississippi and Jimmy Smith of Bogue Chitto, Mississippi with a weight of 11.8 pounds and earning $500.00. Rick and Jimmy fished both the north and south end of the lake spider rigging in 6 feet of water using dark colored Southern Pro Jigs on B'n'M Poles.

In third place was Mark Morris of Campbellsburg, Kentucky with a weight of 11.69 pounds and earning $200.00. Mark was long line trolling in 7 feet of water in front of the weigh in site using green/chartreuse jigs on B'n'M poles. Mark credited several of his fish to his Ego Net and 6 pounds Vicious line.

Amateur Division Results

Winning amateur team Philip Coker and Ricky McWilliams.
Crappie USA

In first place in the amateur division was Philip Coker of Dyersburg, Tennessee and Ricky McWilliams of Halls, Tennessee with a total weight of 14.02 pounds and earning $800.00. Philip and Ricky were fishing flats in 7-8 feet of water on the south end of the lake spider rigging black/chartreuse jigs. The team also won the Ranger Cup Award for an additional $250.00.

Second place went to the St. Louis, Missouri team of Daniel and Steven Gentz with a weight of 10.96 pounds and earning $400.00. Daniel and Steven were fishing flats 6-7 feet deep on the south side of the lake using purple Charlie Brewer Slider Jigs, some tipped with minnows and catching 40 fish for the day.

Taking third place was the Sikeston, Missouri team of Kenneth and Paulette Douglas with a weight of 8.75 pounds and earning $100.00. Kenneth and Paulette were long lining the north bank of the lake close to the weigh in site using white/chartreuse Southern Pro Jigs to catch 8 fish for the day.

Congratulations to all the teams fishing this event. For a complete list of tournament standings visit www.crappieusa.com

Crappie USA Free Kids Fishing Rodeo

In conjunction with the tournament Crappie USA held their Kids Rodeo on Saturday morning at Bait 'N' Thangs in Chatham, Mississippi 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 special thanks goes out to Lisa Winters and the Greenville-Washington County CVB for hosting the event and having food & drinks for all the kids early Saturday morning", Said CEO Van Vactor.

For a list of other upcoming tournaments, click here.

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