Crappie USA Inc., Americas Premier National Crappie Fishing Tournament Organization will make its first 2011 stop at Florida's Crescent Lake January 22, 2011. Anglers will be fishing for a 7-fish limit of crappie, which could net them a check along with the opportunity to advance to the Cabelas Crappie USA Classic, the most prestigious event in crappie fishing today. This year's classic will be held October 12-15, 2011 on the Kentucky/Barkley Lakes at Paris, Tennessee.
Registration and Seminar
A pre-tournament seminar will be held on Friday evening the 21st at the Crescent City City Hall, 3 N. Summit St., Crescent City, Florida. Sign up will begin at 5:00pm with the meeting and a National Sponsor Field Test Product Drawing starting at 7:00pm local time. This seminar is open to the public. For those not fishing the event but, want to learn more we encourage you to come out to the seminar and meet the top crappie anglers in the area and learn more about Crappie USA and what competitive crappie fishing is all about. It's not too late to sign up. Just bring a partner and sign up at the registration.
The Weigh In Site
The tournament weigh-in will be held on Saturday the 22nd at the Margary Neal Nelson Sunrise Park/City Ramp in Crescent City beginning at 3:00pm. We are looking for a great weigh-in on Crescent Lake, which is known for excellent crappie action. This is the perfect opportunity for non-competitors to come and learn how the big ones are caught on Crescent Lake. Interviews of the top 5 teams will be conducted after the weigh in.
Sponsor and Host Lodging Site
The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome all Crappie USA anglers and their guest to the area and hope they take the opportunity to enjoy the many attractions in the area. For more information on the area call: (863-551-4750) or visit their website at www.centralfloridasports.com. Host lodging for the event will be the Lake View Motel 1004 N. Summit St. in Crescent City. For reservations call: (386-698-1090). Rooms maybe limited so make your reservations early and mention Crappie USA.
How to Enter
You can enter our tournaments by filling out and sending in an entry form or by registering on our website at www.crappieusa.com before the deadline listed on the form. Teams may also enter at the pre-tournament seminar on Friday night. All late entries will be subject to a $20.00 late fee.
ACA membership is required to fish in our tournaments and a space is provided on our entry form for you to become a member. Teams may consist of one or two partners. Teams may have a third partner if third partner is under the age of 16. Pole limits for three-partner teams will be the same as two-partner teams.
Entry fees in all qualifying tournaments are $100.00 per team in the Amateur Division and $200.00 in the Semi-Pro Division. There is an optional $10.00 (Per Team) Big Fish Pot. All participants must be a member of the American Crappie Association to fish in these events. American Crappie Association membership is $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for spouse and youth memberships. Each membership will include a subscription to the official publication of Crappie USA, one of the top crappie fishing publications in the nation.
Crappie USA Free Crappie Kids Rodeo
Held in conjunction with the tournament will be the Crappie Kids Fishing Rodeo to be held Saturday morning at Lake Stella, Central Ave. in Crescent City. Sign up for the Kids Rodeo will be at 8:00am with the rodeo from 9:00am till 11:00am. The Crappie USA Kids Fishing Rodeo is a chance for children of the area to get out and enjoy nature, do a little fishing and win some prizes. The event is free to all children 12 and under with all participants eligible for a chance to win one of the six, Crappie USA $2,000.00 scholarships to be awarded at the Cabelas Crappie USA Classic.
Crappie USA and our anglers have contributed nearly $302,000.00 to the Crappie Kids Scholarships since 1997. We are very proud to be a part of the education process for the youngsters who participate in our tournaments as adult/youth teams and those who fish in the Crappie USA Kids Fishing Rodeos.
The Crappie Kids Free Fishing Rodeo has grown in many cities to be a major attraction drawing as many as 350 or more children from surrounding areas to compete for prizes and the chance at the $2,000.00 Crappie Kids Scholarship. All participating children must be accompanied by an adult.
National Sponsors of Crappie USA are: Cabelas, Rebel Yell Bourbon, Ranger Boats, Evinrude Outboards , Energy-Mate by Acli-Mate "The Official Energy Drink of Crappie USA", Cruiser RV, B n M Poles, Minn Kota, Humminbird Electronics, Adventure Products EGO Nets, J.R. Mads, Charlie Brewers Slider Co., Big Bite Baits, TTI-Blakemore Road Runner, Driftmaster Rod Holders, Fishouflage, Touchdown, "KOOLWELL PRODUCTS", Vicious Fishing Line, Southern Pro Tackle, Anglers Unlimited and Ron Gooding Insurance.
The following companies furnish product to help make these events possible: Kodiak Fish Attractants, Keep Alive, and Hydro Glow.
For more information please call Crappie USA Inc. at 270-395-4204. Please visit our website at www.crappieusa.com.