Weather A Problem In $10,000 Super Event

First-place team Steve Perritt and Joe Wilson.

On April 15th & 16th Crappie USA held a $10,000.00 Super Event at Columbus, Mississippi where anglers were able to fish Aberdeen, Columbus and Aliceville Lakes. Nearly 100 anglers from 11 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 12-15, 2011 on the Kentucky/Barkley Lakes at Paris, Tennessee.

This is the most severe weather patterns I have ever ran a tournament in", said Crappie USA CEO Darrell Van Vactor. "We were thankful all our teams remained safe with the severe lightning, winds and rain during the event. We want to thank Nancy, Kim and all the crew at Columbus CVB for hosting the event and making the anglers and their families and guest from 11 states welcome", said Van Vactor.

Semi-Pro Division Results

Taking first place was the team of Steve Perritt and Joe Wilson of Columbus, Mississippi with a weight of 16.19 pounds and earning $3,000.00. Steve and Joe were fishing Tibby Creek on Columbus Lake in super muddy water. Most of their fish came out of 4 feet of water using black/chartreuse jigs to catch over 75 fish in the 2 days of competition.

Second place went to the Fayette, Alabama team of Tommy and Wayne Nichols with a total weight of 15.39 pounds and earning $2,000.00. Tommy and Wayne were fishing Aliceville Lake catching spawned out fish in 2 feet of water using black "Big Jesse" jigs.

In third place was the Tiptonville, Tennessee team of Steve Coleman and Ron Capps bringing in 15.36 pounds and earning $1,000.00. Steve and Ron were fishing Pratts Creek on Friday and Aberdeen Lake on Saturday using Southern Pro lime/chartreuse jigs in 4-6 feet of water to catch 30 fish on Friday and 45 fish on Saturday. Steve and Ron also won an additional $250.00 for the Ranger Cup Award.

Charlie Kent of Baldwyn, Mississippi and Ray Looney of West Point, Mississippi took fourth place with a weight of 14.5 pounds. Charlie and Ray were fishing Tibby Creek on Columbus Lake in the gravel pits using red and chartreuse jigs to catch over 50 fish in 2 days.

Fifth place went to Rickey Clark of Quinton, Alabama and Michael Handley of Jasper, Alabama with a total weight of 13.49 pounds. Rickey and Michael were fishing the Pinckneyville area in 2-5 feet of water using several different colors of jigs to catch 30 fish on Friday and 25 on Saturday.

Amateur Division Results

First place in the amateur division was the team of Larry Fulton of Brooksville, Mississippi and Gunner Moore of Meridian, Mississippi with a weight of 14.64 pounds and earning $1,500.00. Larry and Gunner were fishing Bunker Creek on Aliceville Lake in 4-5 feet of water using a large assortment of tubes on chartreuse jig heads to catch 25 fish per day during the event.

Second place went to Chuck Justice of Louisville, Mississippi and Terry Barnes of Nettleton, Mississippi with a weight of 14.36 pounds and earning $1,500.00. Chuck and Terry were fishing in 4-6 feet of water on Aberdeen Lake using a large variety of jigs to catch 40 fish on Friday and only 12 fish on Saturday.

Taking third place was Tracey Humber of Caledia, Mississippi and Michael Humber of Vernon, Alabama weighing in 13.56 pounds and earning $600.00. Tracey and Michael were fishing Aliceville Lake in 6-10 feet of water. The team found some clear water and used red/chartreuse jigs tipped with minnows to catch over 50 fish in the 2 days of competition.

In fourth was the 3-person team of Michael & Ashley Bowland of Mayfield, Kentucky and David Cope of Paducah, Kentucky weighing in 12.65 pounds and earning $400.00. Michael, Ashley and David were spider rigging in 9 feet of water on Aliceville Lake using orange/chartreuse jigs to catch over 30 fish. The team also won $125.00 for the Ranger Cup Award.

Fifth place went to the team of Lynn and Jeremy L. Clark of Jasper, Alabama with a weight of 12.48 pounds. Lynn and Jeremy were fishing the Pinckneyville area of the lake using live bait rigs 2 feet deep in 4-8 feet of water to catch 50 fish in 2 days.

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.

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 special thanks goes out to the Columbus CVB for their support in this Super Event. For more information on the area call: 1-800-327-2686 or visit their website at:

For a schedule of other upcoming tournaments, click here.

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