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  • Crappie Tournament Near Record Weigh In

    On what appeared to be a miserable weather day, the Magnolia Crappie Club folks nearly set a tournament record. We proved, once again, that Ross Barnett Reservoir is absolutely one of the very best crappie lakes in the entire country.

    Get this, folks, and you do remember the weather conditions, right? The winning string (best 7) weighed in at 16.18 pounds. That's a 2.31 pound average, and that's right up there with our club record of a winning weight averaging just over 2.5 pounds set a few years ago on Grenada.

    Club records are still best string (10 fish) @ 25.96 pounds, Buck & Lefty Thomas, Franklinton, LA. And, yours truly still holds the club record Big Mama @ 3.41 pounds. Both these club records were set on the same day on a Grenada tournament in March 04.

    Well, Kent Driscoll, Cordova, TN, fishing with a last minute sub took us to school Saturday. Kent & partner weighed 16.18 pounds and weighed the tournament's only over 3 pound perch @ 3.08.

    MCC had 38 teams--that's 76 crazy people -- sign up for the tournament in the middle of the worst weather we've had in some time. At breakfast at the Waffle House with the rain coming down in buckets, I predicted to club VP Shelton Culpepper that our turnout would be down--way down.

    Boy, was I wrong, again. We even had 2 or 3 new teams sign up in the middle of the rain storm. Good turnout at the weigh in, too, with a lot of interested on-lookers showing up to see the giant crappie.

    I've been competing in these events --about 10 or 12 a year-- for 17 years, and this was one of the very best tournaments ever--any where, any time--for lots of really big slabs. Great fishing for all the competitors. To illustrate, it took over 13 pounds (7 fish) to get into the money--that's the Top 15 teams!!! Man, I mean this was a real shoot out.

    As Tommy Moss, Brandon, MS, put it, 'Jim and I were proud of our catch--until we came to the scales. Our little ole 2 pound average just didn't matter, did it? And, besides, we really caught ours by accident. We'd only caught 3 little fish out on the main river ledge, and out of desperation and boredom we kicked up the trolling motor with our baits out to move into the Welfare Hole. And, bam, when we trolled through there, the 2 pounders were knocking the poles out of our hands. Boy, am I glad my partner, Big Jim McKay, decided to make that move.' Jim said, 'We were kind of long-lining, only with short string.'

    1st place, Kent Driscoll, 7 fish, 16.08 pounds
    2nd place, Jimmy Smith/A.E. Smith, 7 fish, 15.44 pounds
    4th place, Jason & Bull Eichwurtzle, 7 fish, 14.90 pounds