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Eagle Lake / Chotard Results
December13, 2014 - Vicksburg, MS
Jimmy Á Ricky Smith - 13.44#'s
1st Place Winners Jimmy and Ricky Smith(13.44#’s) did
something most of us Eagle Lake fishermen failed to do,
they slow-trolled the brush-piles and open water between
the piers. They caught the big white crappie that won the
tournament. I knew the piers could produce winners, it was
a matter of finding the hot piers. At Eagle the piers get
pounded. During the winter months it’s constant fishing.
Ricky says, “We found schools of shad with our electronics
and several times we caught crappie on the bottom hook
and hooked shad on the top hook.” These veteran MCC
members know what it takes to win and they did just that.
I didn't know when I took their photo it would be the
championship picture. I had heard they had a big stringer,
as it turned out they had the .2 of a pound needed to win.
Congratulations guys, great showing.
Shelton Culpepper and David Thornton weighed
13.24#’s of Eagle Lake crappie to capture 2nd place.
These guys live on Eagle; everyone expected them to
win. They have several times. Shelton says, “Don’t let
that black bucket fool you”. He’s right, that ole slick rascal.
He was telling us on Friday that the better fish were
on the north end of Albermarle. I paid no attention to his
antics; been there, done that.
David is totally different. He won’t tell you anything.
His response is “I ain’t catching no quality fish”. The reason
is when he gets one on the line during practice he
shakes it off. I’ve seen David and Shelton have up to four
fish on their poles at one time and not even pick them up
while someone was passing by. Now that SLICK….
Rabbit Rogers and Pat Jeffcoats weighed 13.15#’s to
fall in the 3rd place slot. They too fished the Eagle Lake
piers. The thing about them as always is they fished other
structure too. You’ll never see these guys fishing the
Community Holes. They know the better fish are the unmolested
ones. They’ll find places that we pass by and
put a jig in there and bam.
These guys are a wealth of knowledge. Rabbit knows
more about jig fishing that we’ll ever imagine. I’ve head
stories about this man placing brush pile in the lake at
2am. Talk about making your own honey holes. I’ve also
been told that once he even ran his boat in a willow top
to run the fish out and then started picking them off one
by one. Now that’s amazing. I’m personally proud and
blessed to know such good people as these two guys.
4th Place winners Keith Sullivan and Monty Blount
weighed 12.98#’s. I watched these guys fish a big brush top
all day. I’ve fished the same place several times with very
little luck. The tree top they fished was so big over half of it
was out of the water in 12 feet of water. It was lots of work
to fish this type of structure; you stay hung constantly.
Monty and Keith didn't mind; they were patient and persistent.
That’s what it takes to be in the top 5 with MCC.
On another note, I must tell you about the character of
these guys. They are superb men that’s been a part of MCC
for a long time. Both guys have included their children in
their fishing and hunting activities. That’s impressive; that’s
what good fathers are suppose to do. Monty loves to joke
around; Keith is a more serious guy. One thing they both
have in common, they love crappie fishing and they love
MCC. That’s fine in my book, because we love and enjoy
Keith and Monty. Way to go guys, y’all did good.
Kim Gray and Vic Finkley weighed 12.89#’s to finish
5th. Aunt Kim and her ‘Net Man Vic’ fished the upper
end of Albermarle and did the best in that group. They
caught a bunch of fish but the black crappie couldn't
match the white crappie in Eagle Lake.
Vic and Kim are from Grenada and they run Vic’s
Guide Service. They guide fish for a living; that’s got to
be fun. Vic traded his 22’ Ranger for a pontoon boat that
was more stable and economical. I didn't understand at
the time but now I see why.
They are fine folks; they’ll do anything in the world to
help you but tell you where the fish are. That’s ok with
me because I like to find them for myself. Kim, whenever
you want a new partner let me know, Don is gone
|Big Fish Winners|
1st Place Big Fish
Keith Sullivan Á Monty Blount—2.71#’s
2nd Place - Big Fish
Shelton Culpepper David Thornton—2.46#’s
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Eagle Lake / Chotard Tournamet 2014
Enid Lake Results
November 15, 2014 - Enid, MS
Chaney Starnes Á Glen Frazier - 13.50#'s
Chaney Starnes and Glenn Frazier blew us away with a huge
13.50# stringer to win the MCC Enid Lake Tournament. These
guys fished the Water Valley area of the lake from early morning
to stop-fishing time. Chaney says they caught good fish
nearly all morning pushing minnows in 12’-14’ water. They realized
the cold front had put the fish deeper in the water column.
They put their minnows almost on the bottom and moved
about .2-.3 mph.
Chaney and Glenn says, “The bite was very soft; you had to
watch your pole tip and your line. Sometimes they would take it
and lift up the pole; you had to set the hook quickly or they
would spit it out.” Chaney is no stranger to winning; he and his
partner won the first day of our Sardis/Enid Championship
Tournament back in June. My question now is, can they continue
this winning when we move to the River Lakes, only time will
tell. Congratulations and good luck guys on a job well done.
Bo Hudson & Brad Chappell long-lined their way to 2nd
place with 12.13#’s. The Bass Pro Shops & Bobby Garland
Pro-Staff Team started fishing at the Wallace Creek Boat
Ramp and never left their spot. Brad says, “We pre-fished
several areas of the lake on Friday; we just couldn’t find the
bait fish like we found them in the mouth of Wallace Creek.
We don’t fish until we see the bait on our Lowrance HDS 12
Touch. Side-scanning is the way to go. Without it you’re just
fishing blindly. We find the bait and we know from experience,
the fish are gonna be close by.”
I don’t know about you, but I think they just might have
unlocked the secret to catching fish. This is their 2nd tournament
to finish in the 2nd place spot. These guys are a class
act, they know the how, when, and where of crappie fishing;
on top of that, they’re some pretty good guys. Good Luck.
Tympel Turner & John Harrison finished in 3rd place with
11.86#’s. They’re very familiar with Enid, John guides on this
lake weekly. Last week they had the winning stringer in the
Crappie.com Fruitjar Tournament with about the same weight.
John’s technique is simple, put a minnow in front of them and
they’ll hit it.
John says, “I turned my depth-finder on as I was leaving the
landing and all of a sudden it began to light-up; shad and fish
were stacked up. I told Tympel, ain’t no need going any further
. We can catch 12 pounds right here. That’s what we did.
We fished from Wallace Creek to the Damn without ever getting
on plane. We caught fish from 6’ to 20’ in 25’ to 30’ feet of
John & Tympel is hard to beat on any lake, especially on any
of the Corp Lakes. We’re moving south John, better have your
hooks sharp, we’re gonna give you a run for your money down
south my little buddy. Good job and see you at Eagle.
Charles Lindsay & Graham Taylor weighed 10.76#’s to
finish 4th at Enid. Charles & Graham are very familiar with
this North MS Lake; they consistently finish in the top spots.
Charles Sr. & company are leading in the Angler of the Year
Points race at present; y’all know how that can change; but
his favorite lakes are coming up. You can bet your last dollar
the ‘ole-man’ will be out on the lakes getting ready to lay-the
-wood to some crappie.
These guys fished the mouth of Long Branch most of the
day and did quite well. Knowing Charles, he probably found
his fish on a weekday. At the rate Charles & Graham are rolling
it’s gonna be hard for Charles, Jr. to get back in the boat.
I tell you what, “I personally wouldn’t change what’s working
.” At least Graham can get to the lake on time, LOL.
Y’all done good. Consistency is the name of the game
when it comes to tournament fishing; y’all proving that to be
Rounding out the Top-5 were the Wade Boys, Ronald &
Danny Wade with 10.46#’s. They were another team that
fished the Wallace Creek Mouth with success. Ronald is a
regular, Coach Danny is returning after a long hiatus coaching
high school basketball. I don’t think these guys practiced
a lick. They put the boat in and trolled out to the
mouth of the creek, dropped the poles in and started raking
in the fish. The story I heard, they caught a limit by 10am. I
know guys that followed directly behind them to no avail.
Guess when it’s your day, it’s your day. Congratulations
guys, y’all proved a well known fact, “I would rather be
lucky than good on any given day”. Y’all had several things
going in your favor, you were lucky to find good fish; you
had the skills necessary to put them in the boat; and you
never leave biting fish. That’s what I’m talking about...
|Big Fish Winners|
1st Place Big Fish
Chaney Starnes Á Glen Frazier—2.47#’s
2nd Place - Big Fish
Rabbit Rogers &
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Enid Lake Tournamet 2014
Grenada Lake Results
October 25, 2014 - Grenada, MS
TJ Ferguson & Larry Holmes - 16.55#'s
TJ Ferguson & Larry Holmes weighed 7 fish for a total weight of 16.55#’s to win Grenada Lake Tournament. This is Larry & TJ’s first year as a team, Larry fished as a guest of Terry Stewart a few times. Good job my friends, y’all showed us how it’s done. Keep it up….
Grenada Lake is an awesome lake, no other crappie lake in the country can and do produce the monster crappie like this lake. Larry Holmes and TJ Ferguson proved that on Saturday. They fished the mouth of Perry Creek and boy did they lay the wood to the crappie. 16.55#’s of crappie would be an excellent weight for the spawn; no where but Grenada would you expect this weight in the Fall.
Larry says they pushed minnows almost on the bottom to catch about 20 or more slabs in the early morning bite. These guys had no problem catching their 7 fish limit while others struggled. TJ says, “we had our limit around 8:30am. We had our weigh-in fish around 9:30, then they shut off. You have to catch them while they’re biting or you’re out of luck”. So true my friend, so true.
Bobby Garland & Bass Pro Staff Team Brad Chappell & Bo Hudson finished 2nd with 15.09#’s. These guys fished the Carver Point area, long-lining soft plastics. Brad says, “We found those fish about a week ago; we pulled off them rather quickly and continued to check them during practice. Fishing Crappie Masters two weeks prior was a big advantage. Our bite started early and lasted till about 10am. After that it was slim and none”.
Second year team Jeremy Aldridge and Clint Egbert finished 3rd with 14.42#’s. These guys came on the scene hard and heavy last year, winning 2 MCC tournaments and finishing in the top 5 in the Anglers of the Year race. They fished the Scuna area along with over half the field.
Coming in 4th the team of Johnny ‘Cat’ Walker and Tom Robinson 13.92#’s. Johnny says his big fish (2.60#’s) was the 1st fish he caught. “I thought I was going to kill em’, I caught several more but the big ones either moved or stop biting.”
Rounding out the top 5 was the brand new team of Nick Sullivan and Johnathan Pitcock with 13.68#’s. These Batesville guys showed us ‘pro-fess-i-o-nals’ how it supposed to be done. They weighed 13.68#’s. They fished the Carver Point area and the Scuna River side of the lake. Congratulations, Nick and Johnathan, y’all did great!!!
Grenada Lake - Big Fish & Big Mama
Kent Driscoll & John Harrison - 3.03#'s
You can’t keep a good dog down long, Kent Driscoll & John Harrison won the Big Mama Open with a 3.03# crappie. These guys are tough to beat on any lake especially on their home lake of Grenada.
Ok, speaking of Big Mama’s, we seen plenty. Kent Driscoll of Covington, GA and John Harrison of Calhoun City, MS caught a whopper, 3.03#’s to be exact. The B’n’M Poles & War Eagle Boats Pro Staff Team fished the Choctaw Landing area of the lake and weighed 12.38#’s. These guys are class acts, they donated the $500 in B’n’M Bucks they won using B’n’M poles back to MCC. I know of no one that would even consider doing that. Thank you Kent and John. Bless you my friends.
Did I mention we had teams from Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Illinois, and Missouri. That’s not too shabby for a little ole crappie club down in Mississippi. We must be doing something right or we wouldn’t have had 48 teams fishing our regular club tournament and 54 teams fishing the Big Mama Open.
We weighed 268 fish for a total weight of 437.84#’s. The average fish weight was 1.63#’s and average number of fish per team was 5.68 fish. The average weight per team was 8.94#’s. I know of no lake in the country that has those type statistics. Guess that’s why the parking lots are filled with out of state tags.
We were blessed with sponsors from Lake Fork Tackle and Mid-South Tackle. Anne and Ronnie Parker from Lake Fork Tackle provided us with lots of giveaways (soft plastics & rod socks) for the fishing teams. Doyle and Phyllis Hudson of Mid-South Tackle agreed to continue their team sponsorship of their MCC Team (Vic Finkley and Kim Gray).
I had the pleasure of meeting a professional outdoor writer and photographer Brad Wiegmann. Brad did a photo shoot of some of the B’n’M teams. This guy is a class act. He taught me more about my camera than I could ever imagine. I can now take high quality, good looking photos. Brad says, “I’ve taken well over a 500,000 photos with this Canon Ti2 camera. You’ve got to learn your camera before you can take quality photos”. I agree with you 100%. With the right lens and a good flash, you can produce some excellent photos, well at least Brad can. Thank you Brad for providing the cover photos. You are the man!!!
Brad Chappell & Bo Hudson weighed 15.09#’s to finish 2nd at Grenada. The Bass Pro Shops & Bobby Garland Pro Staff Team is extremely hard to beat.
Clint Egbert & Jeremy Aldridge weighed 14.42#’s to finish 3rd. These guys consistently make the top 5. Good job, way to go……….
Johnny Walker & Tom Robinson finished 4th with 13.92#’s. Johnny & Tom could be the new team to watch this coming year.
Nick Sullivan & Johnathan Pitcock weighed 13.68#’s to finish in the 5th spot. This rookie team could very well be our Rookie of the Year Team.
|Big Mama Open Winners>|
Kent Driscoll Á John Harrison—3.03#’s
Phil Kirk & Ray Clary—2.97#’s
Tommy Moss & Bard Calhoun (not
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Grenada BMO Fall 2014
Wolf Lake Results
September 6, 2014 -
Yazoo City, MS
Charles Lindsay - 8.79#'s
We say congratulations to Charles Lindsay with 7 fish weighing 8.79#’s and a big fish weighing 1.54#’s. You did excellent without Charles Jr.—Let him sleep though the next tournament too.
And we’re off, coming around the first turn we have team Lindsay pulling off from the pack, going down the stretch coming into the last turn team Lindsay and team Horton running neck and neck. Crossing the finish line it’s team Lindsay crossing the finish line; and the winner is Charles Lindsay with 8.79#’s followed closely by Chris and Kevin Horton with 8.64#’s.
The fishing for me was horrendous, horrible, and awful; you get the picture. I’m just not use to fishing where there’s so few fish. I did manage to catch a few small dinks; several had scales missing from being in the mouth of gar. Speaking of gar, there was no shortage of these scavengers; they were everywhere, on the edges and in the middle.
I never like to write about the negatives of any fishing adventure but this one deserves mentioning. Wolf Lake was once a great crappie lake; man you could catch a cooler full of slabs before lunch. The flood of 2011 and the drought of 2012 did a number on the river oxbows. It’s gonna take a few good spawns to correct the problem; and just as always mother nature will correct itself if and only if we keep our hands out of the picture.
Rabbit Rogers and Pat Jeffcoats finished 3rd with 7.77#’s followed closely by Shelton Culpepper and David Thornton with 7.71#’s. Rounding out the top 5 was Jerry Gross and his wife Debbie with 7.2#’s. Jerry’s partner Bill Burnett had other obligations and couldn’t make the trip; thank you Debbie Gross for filling in for Bill.
Our Big Fish winners were Jerry and Debbie Gross with a 2.18# slab. I wouldn’t have believed it came out of Wolf if I didn’t see him catch it. That one fish put him in the top 5. The 2nd Big Fish was a tie with the husband wife team of Michael and Paula Nowell along with hometown boys David McWilliams and Robbie Niven weighing a 1.99# slab. David and Robbie swears they’ve been catching good fish prior to the tournament but the heavy rains during the week caused the fish to move. I think they’ve packed their bags and caught the 1st Greyhound headed out of town.
Wolf Lake - Big Fish
Debbie Gross - 2.18#'s
Team Jerry & Debbie Gross (not pictured) captured the big fish prize with a 2.18# slab. Didn’t know Wolf had fish that big; guess y’all proved me wrong again. Congratulations and good job.
As I stated earlier, thanks to the wonderful staff and Board with the Yazoo County CVB. They always go out of their way to make sure we enjoy our visit with them. They’ve been doing this for years. We’re continuing our support of them as they continue to support MCC.
Our next tournament will be on the world famous Grenada Lake. We’ll be rolling in there on an around October 25th. Many of our teams will fish the Crappie Masters National Championship on Lake Washington in September. Good Luck guys, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that one of you will be standing on stage raising that championship trophy and collecting those two Nitro Boats. It can happen, MCC has some of the world’s best crappie fishermen. Don’t let them guys come to our house and show out, you show them “Who’s The Daddy Around Here”.
I’m reaching out to all MCC Members when I say let’s go out and get some sponsors. Each team needs to bring in at least one sponsor. We have many levels of sponsorships—from $150 to $5,000. No sponsorship is too small. Sell them an ad in this newsletter. It’s good for us and them too.
Second year team Jeremy Aldridge & Clint Egbert secured a standing $5,000 sponsorship from the City of Batesville to bring the 2015 Championship to Sardis / Enid. Thank you Jeremy & Clint. When I say “Standing”, that means they will give us $5,000 each time we bring our 2-day championship to Batesville. We’ll be weighing in at the Civic Center with police escorts and all that good stuff. You know, kind of like the Bassmasters. So when you run into Jeremy or Clint, be sure to thank them for their work.
We make progressive changes each year. This year we’re changing the layout of the newsletter to be more in line with a magazine. If you win a tournament you will make the front cover just like the outdoor magazines. If you never made a magazine cover, don’t worry, all you got to do is win a MCC tournament and you’re on the cover. Thank you and may God Bless and Keep You….
Kevin & Chris Horton weighed 8.64#’s and finished 2nd. Their 1.73# big fish went a long way to push their weight almost to the top.
Pat Jeffcoats & Rabbit Rogers finished 3rd with 7.77#’s. Rabbit & Pat consistently make the top 5. Good job, way to go……….
Shelton Culpepper & David Thornton finished 4th with 7.71#’s. Guess that 5 or 6 days of practice really paid big dividends.
Jerry & Debbie Gross weighed 7.29#’s to finish out the top 5. Bill Burnett couldn’t make the trip and Debbie showed her stuff.
|Big Fish Winner|
Big Fish Winner
Jerry & Debbie Gross—2.18#’s
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