White crappie are the predominant species on Old Hickory Lake at Gallatin, TN. The Sumner County CVB hosted the recent Cabela’s Crappie USA Super Event Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26, during the prime time for catching big female white crappie. The event attracted 90 anglers from several different states. Anglers competed for $10,000.00 in cash and prizes.
Anglers prefished in the rain on Thursday but saw clearing and chilly temperatures in the 40’s on Friday. Saturday was a tolerable fishing day, featuring a sunny and warmer day with temperatures in the 50’s.
Pro Division Results
First place honors in the pro division went to the team of Harold Maddux and Brian Oldham both of Mount Juliet, Tennessee. The Tennessee team brought a two-day total of 22.27 pounds to the weigh-in site at Flippers Bait and Tackle. They earned $3,000.00 for their efforts.
Maddux and Oldham targeted their fish in Chutes Branch. Harold stated “We didn’t catch a keeping fish in water over 25 feet deep.” They tight lined sunken trees, targeting big white females. They had to weed through a lot of small fish to get their keepers. They used Slab Magnet red/chartreuse jigs to catch 30 keepers on day 1 and 60 on day 2. Where sunshine normally brings the crappie up to shallower water, it did not. They also had 3rd big fish at 1.91 pounds.
Second place went to John and Matt Feagin, both of Mayfield, Kentucky. Team Feagin weighed in 20.63 pounds and earned a check for $2,000.00. The team fished Drake Creek using the spider rigging method. Like most competitors the team fished deeper on day 2. John and Matt used anything with chartreuse, however preferred blue/chartreuse and red/chartreuse. The team found their fish tight in cover, stating that they thought it was due to weather. Their big fish weighed 1.69 pounds.
Kevin Randall and John Hendrix, both of Rome, Georgia, claimed the third place honors with 20.57 pounds. They and earned $1,000.00 for third and added $250.00 for 2nd place Big Fish. The team fished Drake Creek, below Drake Creek on the main lake and Bluegrass Creek. Kevin and John found fish in 30 feet of water, tight on cover and on channel breaks. The team used junebug/chartreuse Big Bite slab tubes while spider rigging. They landed 25 fish on day 1 and 60 fish on day 2.
Shawn Gore of Almo, Kentucky and Joey Peck of Murray, Kentucky weighed in 18.97 pounds to earn the fourth place prize. The team fished Drake Creek to Spencer Creek in their Ranger 390V to win Ranger Cup Bonus of $250.00. After trying to find shallow crappie in 4 feet of water they moved out to about 25 feet to find their keeper fish. Shawn and Joey used orange/chartreuse feather jigs while spider rigging to finish fourth.
Joe and Janette Carter of Gilbert, South Carolina, came in 9th place, however they were the highest placing team using a Talon and won the $250.00 Talon bonus. Joe and Janette long lined and pulled crank-baits in 14 feet of water. They fished in their Ranger 620 and said fish were holding on bottom in 14 feet of water. They also used anything with chartreuse to land 60 total fish for the weekend.
In addition to competing for cash and prizes anglers were fishing for a chance to advance to the prestigious Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic. This year’s classic will be held October 27 – 29, 2016 on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes at Paris, Tennessee.
For a complete list of tournament standings and downloadable photos for this event visit their website and click on “Tournament Results.” More photos are available on the Crappie USA Facebook page.