Crappie USA Super Event Recap
Well we had a great time fishing the Crappie USA Super event this weekend on Columbus Lake. We had great weather and lots of local and well known teams to compete with. Darrell put on quite an event and paid back even more than the 10k guarantee.
The local crappiei club we fish with West Alabama Crappie posted up some strong finishes, proving the club has some real quality fishermen. Most notable was the team of Tim Fields and Phillip Frost who took 1st Place on the amateur side. Even more impressive was the fact that 4 out of the 10 ten teams on the amateur side of the tournament were West Alabama Crappie Club teams. If you want to fish competitive local events this is a great club join. Great job guys. I am a proud member.
I fished of course with my dad on the Semi-Pro side of the tournament and we knew we had our work cut out for us. Capps and Coleman friends and all around great guys won the event on the second day.
The Semi–Pro field was stacked with stiff competition. The team of Joe Wilson and Steve Perritt has won multiple Columbus events and carries a reputation of one of the beat teams on the lake. Joe and Steve came up a little short on day one but posted a huge come back on the second day placing 3rd overall.
The 4th place team is none other than Willis Bonner and David Baldridge, another team that has won multiple events on Columbus Lake and a 2nd place Classic finish just last year.
As for the crappie101.com team we finished second after leading on day one. The quick run down on what we did goes like this. My dad pre-fished a couple of days before the tournament and we decided on the Columbus Lake and fishing shallow, maybe 2 to 3 feet deep. Friday morning we went to our first area and started picking up males and they were not big enough to compete. After about 2 hours we decided to start moving out until we located the females. We found the first females in 9 foot of water and they were 1.25 and 1.5 pound crappie. We caught 7 that were in the 1.5 pound range and stopped fishing that area leaving to look for more in other areas. We caught in excess of 70 fish on day one. I was fishing with the crappie101.com Vitamin C jig with a black and Chartreuse skirt tipping with a minnow and Charlie was using the crappie101.com “Hooker” jig with a Silver and Chartreuse skirt.
Day 2 our plan was to go and pick up in the 9 to 10 foot water we had left the day before. At the first 2 spots we did not catch a single crappie and I could not believe it. After a couple hours we went back to the shallow water and still nothing of tournament quality. About 10 am the bite picked back up but even though we caught probably 60 crappie the best were 1.25 class fish. We knew a 9 pound weight would not hold the 1st place position but we still went to the scales in good spirits and happy to have had a couple of good days.
This was a great event and we really enjoyed fishing with Crappie USA and with many of the teams we consider friends.