Mar 11, 2001
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This past Saturday February 21st Crappie USA held a qualifying event at J.R.'s Marina on Weiss Lake near Cedar Bluff, Alabama. Nearly 125 anglers from 10 different states were competing for not only cash and prizes, but a chance to advance to the prestigious Cabela's Crappie USA Classic to be held at Columbus, Mississippi in the fall of 2009.

Semi-Pro Division Results

Taking first place was the team of Tim Gilliam of McKenzie, Tennessee and Scott Watson of Paris, Tennessee with a total weight of 11.17 pounds and earning $1,500.00. Tim and Scott were fishing from the Hwy 9 Bridge to the dam in 6-15 feet of water. The team was fishing over man made stake beds and natural stumps using Teaser jig heads and Southern Pro black/white tubes and OD green tubes. Tim and Scott caught only 15 fish throughout the day.

Second place went to the Murray, Kentucky team of Doyle and Sonny Milby with a weight of 10.63 pounds and earning $850.00. Doyle and Scott were Spider Rigging in Yellow Creek using green/yellow Southern Pro Hot Grubs in 17 feet of water. The team caught 40 fish today.

In third place was the Cochran, GA team of Billy and Scott Williams weighing in 10.46 pounds and earning $550.00. Billy and Scott were fishing the upper part of the lake using black/chartreuse Big Bite Baits. The team caught over 40 fish during the day.

The Macon, Georgia team of Tommy and Christy Sellers took fourth place with a weight of 9.67 pounds. Tommy and Christy were fishing the Riverside area of the lake using pink and white Southern Pro and homemade jigs fishing in 13 feet of water with their fish suspended 10-11 feet deep. The team caught over 50 fish during the day and earned a check for $400.00.

Fifth place went to Ricky Willis of Gray, GA and Troy Thiel of Gordon, GA weighing in 9.63 pounds.

Amateur Division Results

In first place in the amateur division was the Gaylesville, AL team of Adam Mobbs and Carlton Teague with a total weight of 11.49 pounds and earning $1,100.00. Adam and Carlton caught over 70 fish during the day of competition vertical jigging in 10-12 feet of water early in the day. They were using Southern Pro Minnow Tubes on B'n'M Poles. Later in the day they moved out to 17 feet of water catching their bigger fish on baby bass colored minnow tubes.

Second place went to Randy and Cindy Turner of Belknap, IL weighing in 10.23 pounds and earning $650.00. Randy and Cindy started out fishing the lower part of the lake in 12 feet of water then moved out to 16 feet of water catching much better fish using Southern Pro Hot Grubs including second biggest fish of the day. The team caught over 40 fish including their 2.19 pound kicker fish.

In third place was the team of the Fort Payne, AL team of Duard Hulgan and Aaron Hosler weighing in 9.68 pounds and earning $400.00. Duard and Aaron were fishing up river in 10 feet of water using green/brown homemade jigs and catching over 30 fish during the day.

Taking fourth place was the Piedmont, AL team of Jimmy Fain and Matthew King with a total weight of 9.66 pounds and earning $300.00. Jimmy and Matthew were fishing the power house area using baby bass colored Southern Pro Hot Grubs in 10-12 feet of water. Jimmy and Matthew also had big fish of the event with a 2.30 pound crappie.

Fifth place went to the Rome, GA team of Kevin Randall and John Hendrix with a weight of 9.57 pounds and earning $225.00. Kevin and John were fishing in 10-12 feet of water using Acid Rain colored Big Bite Baits.

Congratulations to all the teams fishing this event. For a complete list of tournament standings and downloadable photos for this event visit Crappie USA :: America's Premier National Crappie Fishing Tournament Organization then go to Tournament Results.

Big Fish Award

Taking big fish of the event was the Piedmont, AL team of Jimmy Fain and Matthew King with a 2.30 pound crappie and earning $600.00. Second place in the big fish contest was the team of Randy and Cindy Turner of Belknap, IL with a 2.19 pound crappie and earning $240.00.

Crappie USA 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 near $270,000.00 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 Jerry who was on hand from WEIS Radio.

Stats for the Tournament:

Weather-The day started in the low 20's warming to 50 by the afternoon. Winds were Northwest at 5-10 MPH.
Water-Water temperature was 51 degree's.

Media Contact
Larry Crecelius [email protected]

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