Williams and Jones Victorious on Green River
1st Semi Pro: Williams & JonesCrappie USA
This past Saturday June 25th Crappie USA held a qualifying event at the Holmes Bend Marina & Resort on Kentucky's Green River Lake. 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 team of David Jones of Columbia, Kentucky and Richard Williams of Paris, Tennessee with a total weight of 6.83 pounds and earning $1,100.00. David and Richard were fishing all over the west half of the lake fishing over "Moss Back Rack" attractors that David had placed in the water earlier in the season. Most of their fish came from the "Racks" in the main lake area working straight down into the cover using Southern Pro Baby Bass colored minnow tubes tipped with "Juiced Up Baits" juice to catch 200 fish for the day. Each team is allowed to weigh in their top 7 fish at the end of the day of competition.
Second place went to the Gaylesville, Alabama team of Carlton and Jansen Teague with a weight of 6.03 pounds and earning $650.00 plus $300.00 for big fish of the day with a 1.53 pound crappie. "First trip to the lake and we loved it", said Carlton. Carlton and Jansen were fishing around the point from Holmes Bend Marina using Southern Pro jigs spider rigging straight down in 15-25 feet of water. The team also credited their 14 foot B'n'M Poles for their catch today. "Being able to get our baits out in front of the boat made a big difference", said Carlton.
In third place was the Indianapolis, Indiana team of Don and Hershel Licht with a weight of 4.19 pounds and earning $450.00. Don and Hershel were fishing around the second bend west of Holmes in 15-25 feet of water spider rigging manmade cover 15-20 feet deep. The team was using Blakemore Roadrunners in a variety of colors. The flash from the Roadrunner blade made the difference.
Amateur Division Results
First place in the amateur division was the Springfield, Kentucky team of Alex L. and Nathan Cochran with a weight of 5.56 pounds and earning $750.00. Alex and Nathan were fishing the west end of the lake covering several miles of water that day spider rigging light colored jigs, some tipped with live bait in 12-30 feet of water to catch over 100 fish for the day.
Second place went to Doug Holmes Jr. of Russell Springs, Kentucky and Doug Holmes of Campbellsville, Kentucky with a weight of 4.88 pounds and earning $500.00 plus $125.00 for second biggest fish of the event with a 1.40 pound crappie. The Holmes team were fishing main lake drops 15-17 feet of water over manmade cover, one pole vertical jigging using chartreuse and black jigs to catch over 75 fish for the day.
Taking third place was Donnie Burris of Gradyville, Kentucky and Darren Adams of Columbia, Kentucky with a weight of 4.81 pounds and earning $300.00. Donnie and Darren were spider rigging jigs around the bend from Holmes Bend Marina in 20 feet of water to catch over 100 fish for the day.
In fourth was the Murray, Kentucky team of Doyle and Sonny Milby with a weight of 4.71 pounds and earning $200.00. Doyle and Sonny were fishing around the corner from Holmes Bend Marina using Southern Pro Baby Bass minnow tubes in 17-25 feet of water to catch over 200 fish for the day.
Fifth place went to the team of Tony Sheppard of Dexter, Kentucky and Alan Carter of Murray, Kentucky weighing in 4.52 pounds and earning $150.00. Tony and Alan were fishing the Robertson Creek area using Southern Pro jigs in a variety of colors vertical jigging the deeper areas and catching over 150 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 www.crappieusa.com 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 six $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 Sue Shivers and the Columbia-Adair County Tourism Commission for hosting the event. Also a thanks to Conservation Officer John Harris from the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife for being on hand and helping out with the Kids Fishing Rodeo and thanks to the crew from Holmes Bend Marina for all their help with the event. For more information on the area call: (270)-384-6020 or (888)-837-8012. You can also visit their website at: www.columbia-adaircounty.com/tourism.