A new record weigh in was held at the Crappie USA Grenada Lake $10,000.00 Mega Bucks event Saturday (3/27).
Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman of Tiptonville, TN weighed in a total of 10 crappie weighing 25.83 pounds to take first place in the Grenada Mega Bucks event. To the best of our knowledge this is a new record weight for 10 crappie in a professional crappie fishing tournament, officials said.
In all, 13 teams weighed in over 20 pounds of fish with more than 4 crappie weighing in over the 3 pound mark.
Taking first place with 25.83 pounds was the Tiptonville, TN team of Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman. Ronnie and Steve were last years Semi-Pro winners of the Cabela's Crappie USA Classic which was held on Grenada Lake. Capps and Coleman were fishing up past the bridge in 8 to 12 feet of water trolling with the Tite-Lok System using chartreuse colored Southern Pro Jigs tipped with minnows.
The team caught over 30 fish over the two pound mark during the day. "There's not very many lakes in the country that you could have a weight like this", said Capps. "We caught two fish over three pound today and that's something we've never done before. It takes a lot of coordination to catch a stringer like this. We had people around us, but just something we were doing a little different to make them bite," said Capps. Capps and Coleman took home a check for $3,500.00 for first place.
Second place In second place was the team of Tracey McIntosh of Dyersburg, TN and John Wood of Newburg, TN with 24.59 pound of fish and taking home $1,000.00. The team was fishing up above Graysport in 11 feet of water using Southern Pro red/Chartreuse Jigs.
Third place Third went to the team of James and Barbara Reedy of Charleston, MO with 23.89 pounds and taking home a check for $700.00.
"We were fishing very slowly", said Barbara. Last year Barbara caught a four pound crappie during practice period here on Grenada. "We caught 20-25 fish today using Teezar jigs with Southern Pro plastics tipped with minnows in 5-6 feet of water" said James.
Fourth place Reggie Reidinger of New London, MO and D. Oenning of Stoutsville, MO took fourth place with 23.87 pounds. The team was fishing in 4 to 6 feet of water on channel breaks using red/chartreuse Southern Pro jigs tipped with minnows and Berkley Crappie Nibbles. Reidinger and Oenning took home a check for $600.00 for fourth place in the event.
Fifth place In fifth place was the team of Elbert Thomas of Clinton, LA and Elton Thomas of Franklin, LA with 22.97 pounds. The team was fishing the Yalobusha side in 5 to 7 feet of water using black/chartreuse red head jigs. The team had weighed in 24.93 pounds the week before to win a tournament on Granada with a 3.04 pound kicker fish. The team netted a check for $500.00.
Sixth In sixth and second biggest fish of the event were R. Mays and C. Strain of Opdyke, IL with a total of 21.67 pounds. The team took home a check for $475.00.
Seventh Seventh place went to A.E. Smith of Wesson, MS and Leslie Smith of Senatobia, MW with 21.66 pounds and taking home $450.00.
Eighth Eighth place went to Jerry Blount Jr. of Jackson, MS and William Hall of Brandon, MS weighing in a total of 21.44 pounds of fish. The team took home $400.00 along with an extra $1600.00 for big fish of the event.
Ninth In ninth place was the team of R. Merritt of Talking Rock, GA and Jeff Porter of Canton, GA weighing in 21.22 pounds and taking home $375.00. Male/Female Team The top Male/Female Team of the event was D. Smith and S. Smith of Campbellsburg, KY with 20.14 pounds.
Mitchell Reels Taking first place in the Mitchell Reels big fish contest was the team of Jerry Blount of Jackson, MS and William Hall of Brandon, MS weighing a beautiful 3.43 pound Grenada Lake crappie. The team nearly beat the existing Crappie USA all time record fish which was 3.69 pound. The team received a check for $1,600 for first place in the big fish contest.
Taking second place in the Mitchell Reels big fish contest was the team of R. Mays and C. Strain of Opdyke, IL with a 3.36 pound crappie. The team took home $400 for the second biggest fish.
A special thanks goes out to Brandi Brown of the Grenada Tourism Commission and the City of Grenada for the warm hospitality to all the Crappie USA Anglers and spectators who attended this Mega Bucks Event. For more information call 1-800-373-2571 or visit their website at: www.grenadamississippi.com.
Crappie USA Kids Fishing Rodeo In conjunction with the tournament Crappie USA held their Kids Rodeo on Saturday morning at the Grenada Lake Corp of Engineers ponds below the dam. A total of 90 very excited children were in attendance at the event. The ponds had been stocked with catfish weighing up to 5 pound which provided the kids with excellent fishing. A special thanks to the Corp of Engineers for the site and setting up their water safety program for the kids at the event. Taking first place in the 0-7 age group was Peyton Jones with 4 fish. In the 8-12 age group Ashton Mooney took first place with 4 fish. All Crappie Kids participating in the event received a "Southern Pro" Lure Kit courtesy of Southern Pro Lures. All the participants signed up for a chance to win one of 4-$5,000.00 scholarships to be drawn for at the Cabela's Crappie USA Classic.
Crappie USA and our anglers have contributed $145,000.00 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."