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CRAPPIE USA RETURNS

Crappie USA will be holding a two-day $10,000 super event on the Kentucky and Barkley Lakes with weigh-in out of Paris Landing State Park on April 10-11.

Anglers will be fishing for a 7-fish limit of crappie each day, which could net them a part of the $10,000 in cash and prizes, along with the opportunity to advance to the Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic.

This year's classic will be held October 7-10 on Indiana's Patoka Lake at Jasper, Indiana.

For entry information log on to www.crappieusa.com.

BIG STRINGERS IN CRAPPIE USA EVENT

Last week’s two day tournament on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes out of Paris Landing State Park on Crappie USA’s trail had some big fish and hefty stringers taken.

For the first time this year on the national tournament trail a 3-pound plus slab crappie was caught. Anglers Jeffery Lang and Jeffery Lang Jr. landed a slab that tipped the scales at a whopping 3.10 pounds. The Alexandria, Kentucky team earned a lot of respect from crappie fishermen everywhere in addition to a $700 paycheck for the trophy catch.

They were fishing Blood River 100 yards from Wildcat Boat Ramp when they landed the big fish. They were pulling jigs in 9-14 feet of water and only had 3 fish caught from that area.

The trail has two different divisions comprised of a semi-pro and amateur category. Taking first place in the semi-pro division was the Murray, Kentucky team of Sammy Tidwell and Danny Todd weighing in a 2-day total of 27.8 pounds which earned them $3,000. The duo fished Blood River over manmade cover spider rigging in 4-18 feet of water.

Second place went to the team of Hunter Dowdy of Humboldt and Brently Smith of Gadsden with a 2-day weight of 26.82 pounds that paid $2,000.

Taking the top spot in the amateur division went to Doc Holladay of Paducah, Kentucky with 27.03 pounds and earning $1,500. Doc was a one person team that fished Lake Barkley with one pole at a time over manmade cover. Doc was fishing in 8-12 feet of water using Southern Pro Brown/Chartreuse and Yellow/Chart jigs as well as Cajun Crickets.

Second place went to the Stewart team of Bobby and Betty Cox with 26.82 pounds and earning $1,000. They fished the Danville area using straight minnows and white and chartreuse Road Runner jigs in 10-12 feet of water.

There were approximately 100 boats competing in the event.


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