Greenville, MS, September 26, 2014. Day one of the Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters National Championship is in the books. Nearly 160 boats, normally with two anglers each, begin the day with high hopes of becoming national crappie champions.
Competitors could fish their choice of six local lakes in their bid for the national championship. The lakes are Washington. Lee, Paradise, Ferguson, Whittington and Chicot Lakes. With the Mississippi River rising 5 feet and then beginning to fall it influenced water levels in the connected lakes and probably the location of the fish.
Many of the competitors had been prefishing for days before the tournament with mixed results. Many of those that were on fish before the tournament started, reported tough fishing on the first day. Many pointed to the changing water level as at least one reason for the tough fishing.
Whitey Outlaw and Mike Parrott, Crappie Master’s Angler Team of the Year, commented at weigh-in that they had seven bites and caught 7 crappie, the limit allowed by tournament rules. Normally anglers would be catching multiple fish and culling to the heaviest 7 fish stringer.
Many anglers did not catch 7 fish to bring to the weight-in, but since it is a two-day tournament anything could happen and many anglers will be fishing the second day. The champion will be crowned as the team with the heaviest two-day weight. Given the weight of today’s leaders it will most likely require over 20 pounds to win. Maybe even more than 25 pounds.
Coming out on top of day one was the B’n’M’, Roadrunner team of Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman with a 7 fish weight of 13.11 pounds. They start day two at less than a pound in front of Alan Carter and Tony Sheppard who finished day one with 12.49 pounds.
Following in third was Rod Wall and Joey Hilton with 11.71 pounds; Fourth place went to George Nelon and Paul O’Bier with 11.54 pounds; and fifth place went to Dustin Harris and Kelley Graham with 10.34 pounds.
Top male/female team, and also sixth place over all, at the end of day one is Jay Don Reeve and Rhonda Reeve with a 7-fish total of 10.27 pounds. Spots 7 through 40 went from 10.25 pounds to 8.77 pounds.
Brian Sowers, Official master of ceremonies at the weigh-in declared, “It’s a two day tournament, so you can’t win it on day one, but you sure can lose it!”
Day two is sure to be a shoot out with many teams still in the running to be named 2014 Crappie Masters National Champions. Fishing begins on day two at 7:00 am and ends at 3:00. Competitors must be in the weigh-in line by 4:00 pm.
The weigh-in for day two is being held at the Greenville Inn, 211 S. Walnut St., Greenville, MS.