On October 29th and 30th last month, Crappie USA held the 2010 Cabelas Crappie USA Classic at Sheffield, Alabama.
Over 300 fisherman from 19 different states showed up at the crappie fishing tournament. They were competing for over $100,000 in cash and prizes.
Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman from Tennesse took first place weighing in at 25.22 pounds, they won nearly $40,000 in cash and prizes. The hot lure they were using was a lime/chartreuse Southern Pro Glow Jig.
In second place was Warren Cotton and Thomas Hill weighing in at 23.94 pounds. Second place took $5,000 in cash, they were fishing in 25 feet of water with Mustad hooks and minnows. Third place was Randy Pope and Steven Deitz from North Carolina weighing in at 23.41 pounds. Very close to second place winners Cotton and Hill, they won $2,000 in cash.
Other winnings went to the amateur division and big fish award. I tell you what, it would of been fun to attend the event or maybe even compete in the event. All these years fishing, I never competed in a fishing tournament. I never really took fishing that seriously, I always considered it a layed back sport. I always thought when you start competing is when a sport loses its fun and it starts becoming stressful. I’ve met a lot of fisherman over the years that take the sport way to seriously, but that’s my point of view, there’s nothing wrong with taking fishing seriously. As I get older though, it’s always fun to try something new. Now that I have a boat, I might try fishing a tournament next year.