New Crappie Masters tournament records were set during the big fish Grenada Lake, Mississippi State Championship March 21-22. Pre-fishing during the week was a little tougher than the competition days, as a cold front moved through on Monday dropping water temperatures 4-5 degrees. As the week progressed, temperatures steadily warmed. Water temperatures at night stayed warmer going into the final pre-fishing day and by the final pre-fishing afternoon the bite was on.
Sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Marine, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Mercury Motors, Rockport Rattler and the Grenada Tourism Commission, 109 teams competed with the top 14 teams eclipsing the previous two day total weight record. The Ozark Rods sponsored team of David Cox and Steve Hockett (pictured left) set the new two-day tournament record. The previous record was 35.52 lbs. on 14 fish. Cox and Hockett weighed in a total of 38.92 lbs. to become the Mississippi State Champions. They were awarded a $6,000 prize and 200 points for the top spot, according to CrappieMasters.net.
The previous single day (seven fish) record weight was 19.33 lbs. Six teams eclipsed that record with Jay Don and Rhonda Reeve setting the new single day record with a weight of 20.54 lbs. Jeff Riddle and David Maddux (pictured right) set a new big fish record with a 3.87 lbs. slab. Twenty nine teams weighed in a crappie over 3 lbs. and 64 teams weighed in over a 2 lb. average. The average weight per fish over the course of the tournament was 2.40 lbs.
Cox and Hockett were in second place after day one with 20.11 lbs. The teamed weighed 18.81 lbs. on day two for their record weight of 38.92 lbs. The team was fishing in 5 to 7 foot water, catching fish five foot deep. They caught the their fish on Ozark Rods using custom double rigs with black & chartreuse jigs tipped with minnows. They caught most of their fish before 10 AM before the bite slowed down. The team felt that boat control and using light (1/32 oz.) jig heads gave their bait the ability to move and was a significant factor to their success. They fished in a Ranger boat with a Mercury motor, Humminbird electronics and Minn Kota trolling motor. The team earned $6,000.00 for first place.
Second place was the top male female team of Jay Don and Rhonda Reeve with a total weight of 38.11 lbs. Sponsored by Lake Fork Trophy Lures, Perotti rod holders, Moss Back and TNT tackle, they were in 18th place after the day one weight of 17.57 lbs. On day two they broke the single day record with a weight of 20.54 lbs. They fished 8 to 9 foot waters, catching fish 4 foot deep using chartreuse glow Lake Fork Live Baby Shad jigs on Pro Angler rods. The team fished out of a Lund boat with a Yamaha motor using Humminbird electronics and a Minn Kota trolling motor. Pictured left, with Rockport Rattler’s Charles & Vicky Sablatura, they earned $3,000.00 for second place.
Jeremy Aldridge and Jason Daniels, sponsored by Silent Stalker, were in 19th place after day one, with a weight of 17.51 lbs. They weighed in 20.30 lbs on day two for a total of 37.81 lbs. The team fished in 8 ft. waters catching fish 3.5 feet deep. The team stated that the Silent Stalker was a key factor by keeping the noise down so the fish were not spooked on the second day of competition. They used live bait with double hook minnow rigs on BnM poles. They fished out of a Polar Craft boat with Yamaha motor using Humminbird electronics and a Minn Kota trolling motor. The team won $2,500.00 for third place.
Second big fish was 3.42 lbs., caught by Alan Carter and Tony Sheppard. Top adult youth was Aaron and Dylan Clark who placed 17th overall with 35.24 lbs. The top 10 were as follows.
1 DAVID COX-STEVE HOCKETT 38.92
2 JAY DON REEVE-RHONDA REEVE MF 38.11
3 JEREMY ALDRIDGE-JASON DANIELS 37.81
4 ALAN CARTER-TONY SHEPPARD 37.65
5 BRAD TAYLOR-HUGH KRUTZ 37.60
6 STEVE MARQUIS-TROY GARRETT 36.75
7 TIM EBERLY-GEORGE PARKER 36.48
8 RONNIE CAPPS-STEVE COLEMAN 36.40
9 DAMON THOMPSON-JACKIE THOMPSON 35.88
10 GILFORD SIPES-SHANNON SIPES 35.80 Submitted photo. Writing credit goes to CrappieMasters.net.