2017 Tournament Results
Crappie USA Tournament Results For Old Hickory Lake at Gallatin, Tennessee
Pro Division Results
The Easter weekend provided ideal weather to be on the water with sunny skies and temperatures in the 80's with SSW winds at 5 – 10mph. The teams had to brave a great deal of tourist boat traffic, making conditions difficult at times. Harold Maddux and Brian Oldham, both of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee took first place in the Pro Division with a total weight of 12.10 pounds and earned $1,500.00, plus the Big Fish Bonus of $600.00. The team targeted the middle section of Old Hickory Lake in shallow water using slab magnet lures in red/chartreuse and yellow/chartreuse colors under floats. They had 45 fish for the day and weighed several females that had not spawned. Brian stated that they caught all of their fish early in the day on Saturday.
Larry Clark of Louisville, KY took second place with a total weight of 10.43 pounds and earned $800.00. Larry targeted his fish in 13 – 19 feet of water trolling crankbaits in black and smokey colors to land around 20 fish for the event.
Taking third place were Shawn Gore and Joey Peck, both of Almo, Kentucky weighing in at 9.67 pounds and earning $500.00, plus an additional $250.00 Ranger Cup Bonus and $260.00 for 2nd place Big Fish. The team fished in their Ranger 520 in Drake Creek spider rigging blue/chartreuse and pink/chartreuse nothead jigs in 2 – 5 feet of water to land 16 total fish for the day.
Amateur Division Results
Dewayne and Robert McCord, both of Wingo, Kentucky took first place in the Amateur Division with a total weight of 9.23 pounds and earned $1,100.00, plus an additional $250.00 Ranger Cup Bonus. The team fished in their Ranger 620 in Spencer Creek pulling crankbaits in black/chartreuse color to catch over 50 fish. The team gave credit to Jenko baits for making the perfect crankbait for the crappie market.
Taking second place was Johnny and Kim Clary of Greenbriar, Tennessee weighing in at 9.15 pounds and earning $600.00. The team fished down river at the start of the event, catching 2 big fish in deep water, however they were weak. They lost some fish on the way to the weigh-in early and they had to start over again. Team Clary were using slab magnet made by Crappie Magnet Jigs in yellow/chartreuse and pale moon colors to land over 40 fish for the weekend.
William and Karen Snyder of Bell Buckle, Tennessee took third place of the event weighing in at 8.55 pounds and earned $400.00. The team fished out of their Ranger 195 towards the dam in deep water using slab magnet jigs in black/chartreuse color, jigging one pole to catch 25 total fish.
In fourth place was Rodney Talley of Riverside, Alabama and John Baker of Pell City, Alabama with a total weight of 8.20 pounds and earned $400.00. Unfortunately the team left before we could get their secrets!
Jay and Mary Johnson of Mascoutah, Illinois took fifth place weighing in at 8.16 pounds and earned $300.00. Jay fished by himself today, spider rigging in 12 – 16 feet of water using shiner minnows to land 12 fish for the day.
Rudy and Brian Bostelman (Mt. Juliet and Hendersonville, Tennessee) took sixth place with a total weight of 8.08 pounds and earned $200.00.
The Talon Bonus of $250.00 went to Roger Claywell and Dean Rogers (New Castle, Indiana and Gaton, Ohio).
A special thank you to Barry Young and staff at the Sumner County CVB for hosting the event. Also, a thank you to Flipper and his staff at Flippers Marina for taking care of the anglers at the weigh-in site.
National Sponsors of Crappie USA are: Cabela's, Ranger Boats, Mercury, Mustad, B 'n' M Poles, Minn Kota, Humminbird Electronics, Gamma, Adventure Products EGO Nets, J.R. Mad's, Charlie Brewer's Slider Co., Big Bite Baits, TTI-Blakemore Road Runner, Driftmaster Rod Holders, World Fishing Network-WFN, Cumberland Crappie Double Seat Mounts, Church Tackle Company, Crappie Now on-line Magazine, Talon Shallow Water Anchors, Humminbird/Lakemaster Maps, Sunsect Sunscreen & Insect Repellent, Digital EFX Wraps, Gill Rainwear, AWD Baits, Tentnology, Crappie Magnet, Crown Trophy and Jenko Fishing.
The following companies furnish product to help make these events possible: Kodiak Fish Attractants, Rigrap and Keep Alive.
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