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14.14 Lb Semi-Pro Team-Catch Wins Rayburn Crappie U.S.A. Tourney
By Ed Snyder

-12.99 Lbs Takes Amateur Team Division-

American Crappie Association-$1.3 Million Dollar Crappie U.S.A. Tournament Trail
Saturday, April 27, 2002, Millcreek Park, Lake Sam Rayburn, TX.

Shifting skies and gusting, southeast winds, greeted the forty-two teamed crappie anglers probing Lake Sam Rayburn's crappie habitat for a winning tournament catch. Targeting grass-points, grass-mats, and brush-piles with their favorite jig and minnow-rigs, the Crappie U.S.A. anglers managed to withstand the "rock & roll" lake conditions to make their weigh-in leader-board marks at Millcreek Park in Brookeland TX. When the final crappie cleared the weigh-in scale, a 10 crappie/14.14 lb catch took the semi-pro division with a 10 crappie/12.99 lb weight winning the amateur division.

"Lake Sam Rayburn is one of our local events, stated tournament director, Bill Shackelford, "as we field semi-pro and amateur teams to fish and compete at our Crappie U.S.A. tournaments. "Our local events consist of two divisions, semi-pro and amateur, which allows the average crappie angler to compete in their field of expertise. "The top ten semi-pro and amateur teams from this event will qualify to compete at our Regional Championship event on Lake D'Arbonne LA, with an opportunity to advance to a competitive berth at the "Crappie U.S.A. Classic" on Pickwick/Wilson AL. "The semi-pro and amateur teams fishing here today are limited to ten legal 10" and above crappie per team/boat, "WHICH-MUST-BE-ALIVE" when turned in or their dead fish will be gleaned from their tournament catch before they weigh-in. "Both team divisions are allowed to fish with either live or artificial baits with four rods per person and two hooks, or jigs, per rod.

While the adult division anglers were fishing for their awards, the children anglers were fishing their own fishing rodeo by catching bream and bass from the bank. The top winners on this event won rod & reel combos from Eagle Claw and will have a chance for a $5,000 scholarship, which will be drawn from the winners listing at the Crappie U.S.A, Classic.

Top Children's Division winners:
1-Sarah Mallet-Brookeland TX-
2-Logan Bryant- Bridge City TX-
3-Rachel Wright-Vidor TX-
4-Brandon Mallet- Brookeland TX-

1st Place Semi-Pro-Team-(10 crappie/14.14)- Larry and David White of Rockwall and Royce City TX, put their Xpress/Yamaha crappie-rig over 147 bridge area buck-brush to work B'n'M poles with Johnson reels spooled with 20 lb test Trilene. The brother team fished 42" water over buck-brush with 1/8 oz Southern Pro jig & minnow rigs to catch their winning weight, which included the "overall" tournament big fish of 1.92 lbs.

1st Place Amateur-Team-(10 crappie/12.99)- Andy Golden and Ty Quick ran their Kenner/Johnson crappie-rig to Veach Basin grass-mats to work Zebco rod and reel combos spooled with 6 lb test Stren line. The Jasper TX, team fished 1/16 oz "Ann Thomason" chartreuse/black curly tailed jigs over 9'-11' grass-tops to hook and land 75 crappie to cull their winning 10 crappie catch from, which included a 1.58 3rd place big crappie award.

Top 5 Semi-Pro-Teams:

Top 5 Amateur Teams:

Top 5 Mitchell Big Crappie Awards:

As a special treat the father and son team, Charles and Jacob Shofner of Jasper TX, managed to win a regional championship slot for the adult/youth division. The family duo managed to do so by running their Questar/Suzuki crappie-rig to Veach and Tiger creek grass-tops to fish Falcon rods and Shimano reels spooled with 4 lb test Stren. The Jasper adult/youth team fished 1/32 oz chartreuse/black jigs, with split-tailed grubs, over 10'-12' grass-tops where they managed to catch 50 crappie to cull their 10 crappie limit from.

Crappie were live released by the Crappie U.S.A. fish recovery -

For more information on this Crappie U.S.A. Tournament Trail contact Crappie U.S.A. at (615)-377-7800- or click to -

Crappie U.S.A. Tournament Sponsors: Cabela's- Ranger Boats- Evinrude/Johnson- Mitchell- MinnKota- B'n'M- Eagle Claw- J.R. Mads- Crappie-Pro- Tite-Lok- Berkley Power Bait- Berkley Tri-Lene- Frogg Toggs- Southern Pro/Lures- Hydro-Glow- American Angler- Rock-It Scaler- Slider- EZ Checke'r- Crappie Magazine- The Outdoor World- Flying Insect Repel- Kodiak Fish Attract- Garmin- Keep Alive- HART- Huffman Publishing Co- Millcreek Lodge & Grocery- Sabine County Tourism-

1st place amateur team, Golden and Quick, display 5 reps to their 12.99 lb Crappie USA win

Regional Championship bound-father & son team of Shofner and Shofner show reps to their qualifying catch
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1st place semi-pro and 1st place amateur teams

Brothers team of White and White display 4 reps to their semi-pro win, including the 1.92 lb "overall"

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