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By Shannon - Posted on 05 March 2012

Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman took the one day national qualifier at the home of the 2012 National Championship, the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway in Columbus, MS., October 1-6, 2012. Sponsored by the Columbus/Lowdes Convention and Visitor Bureau, Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Marine, Humminbird and Minn Kota the anglers endured a weather change from a cold front that brought storms, winds and colder temperatures the night before tournament day. 

1st Place - Crappie Masters - Columbus, MS
1st Place

Titelok's and BnM poles team of Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman weighed in 11.52 lbs on seven fish to take the top prize of $4000.00. The team stated it was a tough day with such a large temperature change overnight. They used Titelok’s new independent rod holders, Minn Kota trolling motor, Humminbird electronics and BnM poles. They stated they fished old school with double-hook minnow rigs, finding fish within 6 inches of the bottom. They fished in 5 to 8 foot depths. The team also took 2nd big fish with a 2.19 lb crappie.

2nd Place - Crappie Masters - Columbus, MS
2nd Place

Second place went to James and Wayne Nichols who were right there with a total weight of 11.25 lbs. The team won $2000.00. They fished in waters less than 3 foot all day. They caught their fish on black-chartreuse jigs using corks on BnM poles. They caught between 60-70 fish through out the day. 

3rd Place - Crappie Masters - Columbus, MS
3rd Place

Blakemore Lures Road Runner team of Kyle Schoenherr and Rodney Newhaus weighed in 11.20 lbs. Even though this was their first time on the lake, they were finding the fish even with the weather changes. The team slow trolled using True-Turn Hooks, BnM poles, Titelok rod holders, Minn Kota and Humminbird electronics. They fished in 5-7 foot waters in 3 different areas and had a lot of bites. 

Big Fish - Crappie Masters - Columbus, MS
Big Fish


Big fish went to John Wuthnow and Chris Younger who weighed in a 2.22 lb. crappie. Top male female team went to Jessie Wright and Nonna Wright who finished in 8th place over all. A hand full of kids and their families came out in the cold wind at Columbus Marina to have some fun fishing the kids fishing rodeo. All kids received a prize from Crappie Masters Sponsors.

Male Female Team - Crappie Masters - Columbus, MS
Top Male/Femail Team

Next on the tournament trail is the Alabama State Championship in Elmore County on March 16 & 17th. Followed by the Grenada Lake March 30 & 31st. These two tournaments will likely set the big fish standards for 2012.

Special thanks to local sponsors: Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau, Wingate By Windham, Quality Inn, Fairfield Inn, Best Western Executive Suites, Nashville Ferry Landing and the Columbus Marina.

Special thanks to our National Sponsors that include: Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Boats, Nitro Boats, Minn Kota, Humminbird, RoadRunner by Blakemore, Vicious Fishing Line, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, Power Pole, Titelok, Fatheadz Eyewear, Bradford Marine & ATV, Mercury Motors, , Grizzly Jigi Company, MidSouth Jigs, Bandit Lures, Strike King, Spike-It, Quick Filleti Tools, Cajun Fryer, Kodiak Scents, Slider, Bobby Garland, KeepAlive, Monster Crappie, AWD Baits, Mr. Crappie Wally Marshall Crappie Rods, Coldstream Fisheries, BnM Poles, Koolwell, TightWad Bait & Tackle, Shark Tooth, Bugband, Lake Wood Products, American National Insurance, The Body Furnace, Magnetic Marine Products, Lake Fork Lures, Martin Metal, Trucast Lubricant, Ozark Rods and Fish Sticks Lure Enhancer.

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