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And the New State Champs are . . .

Hugh Krutz & Steve Stevenson Take Title


Congratulations to Hugh Krutz & Steve Stevenson on winning the 2012 Magnolia Crappie State Championship with a total 2-day weight of 20.63 pounds of Chotard & Albemarle white perch and specks.

Chotard/Eagle was the site of the 2012 Magnolia Crappie State Championship. A total of 37 teams competed for Top Honors over the course of two days of challenging fishing. Oh, there were plenty of fish caught, alright, including a boat load or three of gar fish!

The challenge we all had was trying to figure out how to manage the gar problem and finding and catching the bigger crappie. Our new State Champs, Hugh Krutz & Steve Stevenson, took a shot at something most teams didn’t try and went to the Albemarle mats and caught some of their heaviest Day 2 fish—just enough to win Day 2 and the overall tournament.

Kent Driscoll & Reed Busch finished second with a 2-day total weight of 20.01 pounds, and Day 1 Winners Richard Lack and Sammy “Swamp Man” Hughes finished third overall with 19.61 pounds.

And, we can’t say enough about the wonderful, fun time we had at Chotard Landing Resort, can we? Gosh, Mark & Jerry Johnson and the whole Chotard Crew certainly rolled out the red carpet for us and made us feel so welcomed and special.

The whole tournament experience at Chotard Landing, including that great FREE fish fry on Thursday night, was one of the best State Championships we’ve had in our 20 seasons. Thank you, Chotard. We’ll see y’all again next season in December and January. PJ
As Good As It Gets !!!
To me the whole 2011-12 Season has been as “good as it gets”. We kicked this season off with our largest event ever, our 2nd Big Mama Open—a club record 69 boats-entered event!!!

We staged our first-ever $100,000 Open at Enid and drew 55 teams—a club record for a regular season tournament.

We drew 62 different teams over the course of the 2011-12 season, another club record.

Our average draw this year was over 42 teams per event. That’s as good as we’ve ever been. Great participation, teams—thank you!!

We had one of our most remarkable State Championship tournaments, ever. Do you realize we paid out over $25,000 at Chotard?

From my vantage point as President, I received fewer complaints and had less issues than years past. 2011-12 was great, man!!!

Next Season…. We have new leadership.

Joining me in vacating our current leadership roles are Vice- President Shelton Culpepper and Weigh-master David Thornton. Thank you, men, for your service to MCC the last several years. Staying put, thank goodness, are Sec-Treas Tonya Stewart and Tourn Director Terry Stewart. These two, completing their first year as a club officers, facilitate so many necessary things for the club, and they’re really good at it.

The new President, Ken Middleton, takes the reins on July 1. Joining him will be our new Vice President Eli Rowell and our new Weigh-master Bo Hudson. I’m sure Ken and crew are looking forward to building on the very strong year we just completed.

I have been President, Sec-Treas, or Director since day one—that’s 20 years of service in a leadership role, friend, including being one of a handful of people who chartered this thing over 20 years ago.

I will still serve on the Board of Directors as the Immediate Past President. In that role, I am supposed to advise and help make the transition from one leadership team to the next “less complicated”.

The new club leadership team has its work cut out if they are to continue the wonderful growth we’ve experienced the last couple of years. The mold has been cast—the benchmark moved higher than ever—we finished 2012 “as good as it gets”!!!

I challenge the new leadership team to do better next year.
In closing let me say this will be the last issue of my newsletter under the “As good as it gets” heading. I am sad about that.

Never fear—I’ve always said there is much untapped talent in this bunch of rednecks, tall tale tellers, and general misfits of all shapes, sizes and varieties. Ring in the new year, boys, do your best!!! PJ

State Championship Top 5 Overall Winners

1st Place
Hugh Krutz & Steve Stevenson - 20.63 lbs


2nd Place
Kent Driscoll & Reed Bush - 20.03 lbs


3rd Place
Sammy Hughes & Richard Lack - 19.61 lbs


4th Place
Michael Nowell & Paula Nowell - 19.54 lbs


5th Place
Don Terry & Bernard Williams - 10.01 lbs

Magnolia Crappie Club 2011 / 2012 State Championship Overall Results
Place Team Names Day 1 Day 2 Total Total Winnings Day 1 Day 2 Overall
1 Hugh Krutz / Steve Stevenson 10.20 10.43 20.63 $2,687 $875 $1,312 $500
2 Kent Driscoll 10.48 9.55 20.03 $1,838 $963 $875  
3 Richard Lack / Sammy Hughes 10.51 9.10 19.61 $1,618 $1,312 $306  
4 Michael Nowell / Paula Nowell 10.20 9.34 19.54 $1,576 $832 $744  
5 Bernard Williams / Don Terry 10.01 9.25 19.26 $1,312 $700 $612  
6 John Harrison / Brad Taylor 9.90 9.02 18.92 $874 $612 $262  
7 Shelton Culpepper / David Thornton 9.70 9.12 18.82 $876 $438 $438  
8 Brad Chappell / Bo Hudson 8.60 10.20 18.80 $963   $963  
9 Sidney Moak / Dennis Moak 9.62 9.14 18.76 $875 $350 $525  
10 Terry Stewart / Tonya Stewart 9.72 8.88 18.60 $722 $525 $197  
11 Danny Wade / Ronald Wade 9.36 8.97 18.33 $438 $197 $241  
12 Robbie Niven / David McWilliams 9.51 8.80 18.31 $416 $241 $175  
13 Lance Evans / Sean King 9.27 8.91 18.18 $385 $166 $219  
14 Joe Lowery  / Randy Bouchillon 9.25 8.74 17.99 $328 $162 $166  
15 Craigg Cannon / Jared Gray 9.53 8.45 17.98 $419 $262 $157  
16 Keith Sullivan / Dalton Sullivan 9.12 8.69 17.81 $319 $157 $162  
17 Ray Williams / Dawn Williams 8.64 9.11 17.75 $612   $612  
18 Andy Tackett / Calloway Harris 8.86 8.38 17.24 $149   $149  
19 Pat Jefcoats / Rabbit Rogers 8.80 8.39 17.19 $153   $153  
20 Ken Middleton / Larry Nipper 9.61 7.44 17.05 $306 $306    
21 A.E. Smith / Les Smith 9.10 7.87 16.97 $153 $153    
22 George Walker / Ray Clary 9.38 7.36 16.74 $219 $219    
23 Chaney Starnes / Deanna Starnes 9.30 7.39 16.69 $175 $175    
24 Eli Rowell / Cole Rowell 8.88 7.59 16.47 $149 $149    
25 Paul Johnson / Tommy Moss 6.58 9.34 15.92 $744   $744  
26 Johnny Walker  8.56 6.69 15.25        
27 Kent Holmes / Alan Morgan 8.25 6.95 15.20        
28 Jimmy Smith / Jimmy L. Smith 7.83 6.89 14.72        
29 Vic Finkley / Lee Hankins 7.66 7.02 14.68        
30 Charles Lindsay / Charles Lindsay Jr. 8.28 6.35 14.63        
31 Mike Sumrall 7.56 6.39 13.95        
32 Roy Norwood / Jeff Sutherland 6.70 5.64 12.34        
33 Steve Hart / Jay Carr 7.03 0.00 7.03        
34 Roger Womack / Katie Womack 0.00 0.00 0.00        
35 Johnny Weatherford / Freddie Weeks 0.00 0.00 0.00        
36 Earl Oswalt / Logan Grice  0.00 0.00 0.00        

State Championship Top 5 Day 1 Winners

1st Place
Richard Lack & Sammy Hughes - 10.51 lbs


2nd Place
Kent Driscoll & Reed Bush - 10.48 lbs


3rd Place Tie
Paula Nowell & Michael Nowell - 10.20 lbs


3rd Place Tie
Steve Stevenson & Hugh Krutz - 10.20 lbs


4th Place
Don Terry & Bernard Williams - 10.01 lbs

State Championship - Day 1 - Big Fish Winners

1st Place Big Fish
Allen Morgan & Kent Holmes - 1.73 lbs

2nd Place Big Fish
Steve Hart & Jay Carr - 1.69 lbs

State Championship Day 1 - Top 20 Results & Payout
Place Team (g)=guest (np)=no partner # of Fish Weight Big Fish 1 Tourn Pay
1 Richard Lack / Sammy Hughes 7 10.51 1.67 $1,312.00
2 Kent Driscoll 7 10.48 1.45 $963.00
3 Hugh Krutz / Steve Stevenson 7 10.20 1.68 $875.00
3 Michael Nowell / Paula Nowell 7 10.20 1.60 $788.00
5 Bernard Williams / Don Terry 7 10.01 1.56 $700.00
6 John Harrison / Brad Taylor 7 9.90 1.63 $612.00
7 Terry Stewart / Tonya Stewart 7 9.72 1.68 $525.00
8 Shelton Culpepper / David Thornton 7 9.70 1.43 $438.00
9 Sidney Moak / Dennis Moak 7 9.62 1.52 $350.00
10 Ken Middleton / Larry Nipper 7 9.61   $306.00
11 Craigg Cannon / Jared Gray 7 9.53 1.63 $262.00
12 Robbie Niven / David McWilliams 7 9.51 1.62 $241.00
13 George Walker / Ray Clary 7 9.38 1.53 $219.00
14 Danny Wade / Ronald Wade 7 9.36 1.66 $197.00
15 Chaney Starnes / Deanna Starnes 7 9.30 1.51 $175.00
16 Lance Evans / Sean King 7 9.27 1.59 $166.00
17 Joe Lowery  / Randy Bouchillon 7 9.25   $162.00
18 Keith Sullivan / Dalton Sullivan 7 9.12 1.55 $157.00
19 A.E. Smith / Billy Weissinger (g) 7 9.10   $153.00
20 Eli Rowell / Cole Rowell 7 8.88   $149.00
State Championship Top 5 Day 2 Winners

1st Place
Steve Stevenson & Hugh Krutz - 10.43 lbs


2nd Place
Brad Chappell & Bo Hudson - 10.20 lbs


3rd Place
Reed Bush & Kent Driscoll - 9.55 lbs


4th Place Tie
Tommy Moss & Paul Johnson - 9.34 lbs


4th Place Tie
Paula Nowell & Michael Nowell - 9.34 lbs

State Championship - Day 2 - Big Fish Winners

1st Place Big Fish
Ronald Wade & Danny Wade - 2.04 lbs

2nd Place Big Fish
Brad Chappell & Bo Hudson - 1.97 lbs

State Championship Day 2- Top 20 Results & Payout
Place Team (g)=guest (np)=no partner # of Fish Weight Big Fish 1 Tourn Pay
1 Hugh Krutz / Steve Stevenson 7 10.43 1.84 $1,312.00
2 Brad Chappell / Bo Hudson 7 10.20 1.97 $963.00
3 Kent Driscoll 7 9.55 1.62 $875.00
4 Paul Johnson / Tommy Moss 7 9.34 1.46 $788.00
4 Michael Nowell / Paula Nowell 7 9.34 1.63 $700.00
6 Bernard Williams / Don Terry 7 9.25   $612.00
7 Sidney Moak / Dennis Moak 7 9.14 1.55 $525.00
8 Shelton Culpepper / David Thornton 7 9.12   $438.00
9 Ray Williams / Dawn Williams 7 9.11   $350.00
10 Richard Lack / Sammy Hughes 7 9.10   $306.00
11 John Harrison / Brad Taylor 7 9.02   $262.00
12 Danny Wade / Ronald Wade 7 8.97 2.07 $241.00
13 Lance Evans / Sean King 7 8.91 1.67 $219.00
14 Terry Stewart / Tonya Stewart 7 8.88   $197.00
15 Robbie Niven / David McWilliams 7 8.80 1.49 $175.00
16 Joe Lowery  / Randy Bouchillon 7 8.74 1.74 $166.00
17 Keith Sullivan / Dalton Sullivan 7 8.69 1.55 $162.00
18 Craigg Cannon / Jared Gray 7 8.45   $157.00
19 Pat Jefcoats / Rabbit Rogers 7 8.39   $153.00
20 Andy Tackett / Calloway Harris 7 8.38   $149.00

Wolf Lake Results - June 2, 2012

Wolf Wieners...I meant Winners


Congrats to a couple of fine fellers—Charles and Charlie Lindsay. 10.21 lbs was enough to “do the deed” as Charles would put it. They just simply put their heads down and stuck with a game plan that involved mostly slow trolling minnows in 7 to 10 feet of water

Congrats, Charles & Charlie. I think I heard them say the other day that the first tournament they won years ago was at Wolf, and this was their second Wolf victory. If I’m wrong with that summary, I’m sure Lindsay will let me know!

Charles has been in the club for many years, fishing with and against family members including Brother Homer, Daughter Dustie, Son Chris, Son-in-law William and, now, Son Charlie Jr for the last several years. Having served as President of the Club more than once and having been on the Board for many years, Charles is a great asset to MCC and our “go-to guy” in all things coming under the heading “WOLF LAKE”.

I can’t think of a tougher team to beat, especially when fishing conditions get tough on Wolf Lake. Wolf provided us one of our lowest turnouts of the season in terms of fish and fishermen. Wolf provided 34 teams, our lowest number of the season, who caught only 159 fish weighing an average of 1.13 lbs and the lowest winning weight this season @ 10.21 lbs.

It’ll be fun fishing with you Lindsay Boys at the upcoming 2012 Magnolia Crappie State Championship tournament on June 22-23 at Eagle and Chotard Lakes. All I can say, folks, is to keep your eye on these fellers—I’m bettin’ they ain’t done, yet. More details on our State Championship follow in this issue of the newsletter. PJ
As Good As It Gets !!!
Ring the bell—sound the horn—tell the fat lady to start singing. It’s now over. Elvis has left the building. Our 2012-13 Regular Tournament Season is now in the books, and here are some highlights from this season—in no particular order.

We staged our first-ever $100,000 Open at Enid and drew 55 teams. Outstanding event, great fun, great folks to work with at Water Valley. Our first event of the year was at Grenada, and it was the first time we combined a BMO with a State Championship event, and we broke a record there, too. The BMO part of the event drew our largest crowd ever @ 69 teams entered.

# of Teams

Lake

# of fish

Total Wt

Avg Wt

Winning Wt

Big Fish

34

Wolf

159

179.30

1.13 lbs

10.21 lbs

2.18 lbs

55

Enid

298

390.72

1.31 lbs

10.40 lbs

2.37 lbs

35

Sardis

171

264.48

1.55 lbs

12.66 lbs

2.49 lbs

43

Grenada

294

585.23

1.99 lbs

18.05 lbs

2.95 lbs

36

Wash

55

83.63

1.52 lbs

14.84 lbs

3.35 lbs

37

Chotard II

242

379.37

1.56 lbs

13.31 lbs

2.80 lbs

37

Barnett

170

195.56

1.16 lbs

12.11 lbs

2.31 lbs

38

Chotard

219

285.89

1.31 lbs

13.26 lbs

2.29 lbs

39

Arkabutla

199

340.61

1.71 lbs

14.68 lbs

2.67 lbs


We drew 62 different teams, another club record, during this regular season, including a first-time team at Wolf, Richard Sanders & William Tyer—how ‘bout that—that’s outstanding, folks. Our claim as the oldest, largest, crappie club in the country is still valid.

Shoot, you do realize that we draw bigger crowds than the “pro” circuits draw, on some of the same lakes, don’t you? I hope our current and future sponsors in venues around Mississippi realize that when MCC comes to town (from out-of-town, just like the Big Boys) we bring a crowd. And, we do this 10 to 12 times a year, every year, and every nickel we collect from sponsors goes into our Post-Season Payouts. MCC has no paid employees, and we pay 100% back at every event.

Our average draw this year was over 42 teams per event. That’s as good as we’ve ever been. Great participation, teams—thank you!!

Next Season….Already we’ve announced our 2012-2013 Season and it features 2, that’s right, I said 2, Big Mama Opens @ Grenada—Sept 15th 2012 & Mar 23, 2013. Grenada Tourism and Convention Bureau, we need your support and sponsorship.

We will have 10 regular events next season. We had 9 this season. The fine folks at Water Valley intend to have a repeat $100,000 Open, May 4, 2013. Our 2012-13 Season kicks off Sept 15, 2012 and closes June 1, 2013 with the 2013 State Championship. See the last page for schedule.

See you wieners later—June 22-23, 2012, Chotard / Eagle. PJ

Top 5 Wolf Lake Winners

1st Place
10.21 pounds won it at Wolf Lake this year. And, the veteran father/son team of Charles and Charlie Lindsay claimed the Winners Circle. Charlie Jr told me he was trying to do something nice for his Daddy for Father’s Day by catching all the good fish for the Lindsay Team. I know Charles Sr is sooo proud, Charlie.


2nd Place
MCC vets and serious white perch-jerkers, Joe Lowrey & Randy Bouchillion put plenty of keepers in the boat with 9.91 lbs.


3rd Place
These men call Wolf Lake home. Robbie Nivens and David McWilliams scored big with 9.42 lbs of muddy water white perch.


4th Place
Katie and Rod put it on us with 9.25 lbs of Yazoo County’s finest. You better look out for this team on their home lakes next.


5th Place
Another father/son team do well at Wolf with 8.97 lbs. Good Job, Dalton & Keith Sullivan. Look out Monty. This boy can fish.

Wolf Lake Big Fish Winners

Big Fish Tie
Paul Johnson / Tommy Moss - 2.18#s

Big Fish Tie
Shelton Culpepper / David Thornton - 2.18#s

In The Running
6th - Michael Nowell / Paula Nowell - 8.79#s 11th - Don Collins / Lonnie Hannah - 7.98#s
7th - Terry Stewart / Tonya Stewart - 8.39#s 12th - John Harrison / Brad Taylor - 7.79#s
8th - Hugh Krutz / Steve Stevenson - 8.37#s 13th - Pat Jeffcoats / Rabbit Rogers - 7.53#s
9th - Ray Williams / Dawn Williams - 8.36#s 14th - A.E. Smith / Billy Weissinger (g) - 7.28#s
10th - Kent Holmes / Alan Morgan - 8.00#s 15th - Andy Tackett / Calloway Harris - 6.37#s

Enid Lake $100,000 Open Results - May 5, 2012

Enid Lake Winners

Enid - Boo-coo Fish, Y’all

Winning their first MCC tournament this season were Terry Stewart & “Little Bit” Stewart, Clinton. Soon to be “Mr. & Mrs.”, we congratulate our Tournament Director and his better half, our Sec-Treasurer. Not only do these very busy people find time to get married, they serve the club in such professional ways as Officers of the Club. Thank you, Tonya & Terry.

My, oh my—I can’t say enough good things about our friends and club leaders, Terry and Tonya Stewart. By the time you read this, these newlyweds will be on their honeymoon, and I’m betting fishing, live bait, and a boat and motor will be a part of the honeymoon scene.

T’n’T are also leading the Points Race with only one tournament left. And, I’m betting that if they can tear themselves away from their honeymoon and fish Wolf, they’ll be hard to beat for the titles of 2012 Points Champs. No guarantee, you understand—any thing can happen, but from where I sit, they’re going to be very hard to knock out of 1st Place for the year.

Tommy Moss can attest to the fact that on the way back from Enid I said what a pleasurable year this has been for me, just because of the wonderful jobs all the elected leaders of this club have done. Tommy agreed saying, “That huge Enid Open went about as well as it could have gone—what a trip!” He was especially talking about how smooth everything was coordinated and executed with our first-ever “procession” (or as Mr. A.E. put it “our first invasion—looked like Patton invading Italy with a big convoy of tanks.”) and our largest fishing crowd of the regular season.

Thank you all for helping make the Enid event a wonderful memory — one to which we will always be comparing the rest of our tournaments, past and present.

Terry & Tonya, y’all bring your old married selves to Wolf, June 2nd. We plan to get some of our money back fair and square. PJ
As Good As It Gets !!!
How could anyone catch more fish today than Shelton and I did?” exclaimed Weighmaster, David Thornton!!! “I’m plum wore out! We’ve never caught so many fish—ever—anywhere!”

That was the general sentiment from practically every team at one of the largest weigh-ins in the 20-year history of MCC. Yes, I heard the “too many little, skinny fish” complaints. It’s a shame when a fisherman starts complaining about catching too many fish, isn’t it?

Here are some season stats that may help you appreciate Enid even more. Bet you didn’t know those “little skinny fish” we weighed averaged 1.31 lbs apiece, did cha? Check out how that compares to other lakes.

# of Teams

Lake

# of fish

Total Wt

Avg Wt

Winning Wt

Big Fish

 

Wolf

 

 

 

 

 

55

Enid

298

390.72

1.31 lbs

10.40 lbs

2.37 lbs

35

Sardis

171

264.48

1.55 lbs

12.66 lbs

2.49 lbs

43

Grenada

294

585.23

1.99 lbs

18.05 lbs

2.95 lbs

36

Wash

55

83.63

1.52 lbs

14.84 lbs

3.35 lbs

37

Chotard II

242

379.37

1.56 lbs

13.31 lbs

2.80 lbs

37

Barnett

170

195.56

1.16 lbs

12.11 lbs

2.31 lbs

38

Chotard

219

285.89

1.31 lbs

13.26 lbs

2.29 lbs

39

Arkabutla

199

340.61

1.71 lbs

14.68 lbs

2.67 lbs


Seems Big Bad Barnett was just that, pretty bad, comparatively speaking from an average weight position. Sardis looks like our lowest participation number so far this season. And, Washington produced the lowest number of fish on a very cold, windy day. It’ll be interesting to see what our last regular season of our 20th Season produces. Early summer pattern on Wolf, after a 500-year flood, could set some kinds of records!!!

Grenada leads the heaviest fish categories of Total Wt (585.23 lbs), Avg Wt (1.99 lbs), & Winning Wt (18.05 lbs). And, Washington, gives us our heaviest Big Mama of the Year @ 3.35 lbs. I’m betting Wolf won’t top any of these weight-related numbers. Oh, it’s good alright, but it ain’t that good.

One other stat that I like to keep up with is the number of teams participating each season. Hands down our first-ever $100,000 Open at Enid wins the “number of teams” award with 55 teams entering the event. Overall, so far this season, we’ve averaged 40 teams per event—a huge growth compared to recent years. It’s not our best ever, but our numbers are edging back toward the benchmark of 42 teams that we averaged at our peak a few years ago. And, if we throw in the 69 teams that participated in this Season Big Mama Open at Grenada, we’d have to say this has been our best season ever at over 43 teams per event!!! WOW ! Way to Go, MCC.

Each and every one of you has been responsible for such a wonderful season. Let’s finish strong at Wolf, June 2. Hope some of you newest guests and members will join us in Yazoo City. PJ

Top 5 Enid Winners

1st Place
New name tag for the winning team, please. Yes sir, Terry Stewart & Tonya Stewart won their last tournament under this name tag placing 10.40 lbs of fish on the scales. Congratulations to two of the greatest assets this club has. Y’all do such great jobs in your respective club leadership roles. Thank You !!


2nd Place
Y’all say hey and welcome to Eric and Bridgett Neth from Pope, MS. 10.33 lbs was real close to winning the Enid Open.


3rd Place
Ronald & Danny Wade, always tough on every lake we fish, didn’t miss 1st place by much either with 10.32 lbs. Nice job, men.


4th Place
Father/son team A.E. & Les Smith are “just glad to be here” according to A.E. We’re glad you are, too, A.E. 10.17 lbs ain’t bad.


5th Place
Braxton Yount & Tony Lowrie scored 5th place with 10.13 lbs. Nice to see you again Tony. Welcome, Braxton. Good job!!

Enid Big Fish Winners

1st Place Big Fish
David Tutor / Scott Hopper - 2.37#s

2nd Place Big Fish
Sidney Moak / Dennis Moak - 2.36#s

In The Running
6th - Brandon Fulgham / Patrick Stone - 10.07#s 11th - Sidney Moak / Dennis Moak - 9.81#s
7th - Anthony Reasons / John Woods - 9.97#s 12th Johnny Walker / Morris Brewer / Hayden Breland - 9.79#s
8th - Doug McCormick / David Newman - 9.91#s 13th  - John Harrison / Brad Taylor - 9.77#s
9th - Andy Tackett / Calloway Harris - 9.90#s 14th - Bernard Williams / Don Terry - 9.68#s
10th - Ricky Hogue / Kevin Hogue - 9.82#s 14th - Michael Nowell / Paula Nowell - 9.68#s

Sardis Lake Results - April 14, 2012
Sardis Lake Winners
Windy Sardis

Sardis proved to be a tough challenge on T-Day, didn’t it? No one said this tournament fishing is always easy. Nonetheless, overall, we had big fun on a big, big lake.

We kept hearing how great the fishing had been the days and weeks before the week of our April 14th tournament, but, brother, Sardis just about got the better of us on T-Day.

Like always, some team will figure it out and find a way to win, and this time it was Jared Gray fishing with guest, Josh Byford. I heard that they long-lined all day in the wind. That requires tough equipment, great batteries and tough fishermen.

Winning their first MCC tournament ever, Jared Gray & Josh Byford, Calhoun City, showed the rest of us that good stringers can be caught on a windy day. Great job, men, y’all dun real good. Way to hang tough! Somebody’s gonna have to teach Tommy and me how to do that long-lining

Congrats, Jared & Josh. We’re very glad to see some relatively new members compete on such a high level. I think this is your second season to fish with us.

Hey, I can testify, some of us have been competing for decades without having ever won an event. I’m proud of you and proud for you.

Keep up the great effort, and win that $100,000 at Enid. It’s right in your backyard. All you have to do is long-line that giant up from the depths of the lake where the current world record came from—1957, weighed 5 pounds 3 ounces—caught by Fred Bright.

Looking forward to it, gang. PJ
$100K, Really ? -- As Good As It Gets !!!
Thank you Lois & Les Smith for the great BBQ Friday nite at Sardis!! You and your cooking and serving crews were way too good to this bunch. We really enjoyed it, and all who attended said so.

Can you believe it—we only have two regular tournaments to go!! Geez, time flies when you’re having fun. My job here is to help get all our teams ready to compete in the Post-Season and to promote the our first-ever $100,000 tournament.

We have 22 teams are already qualified— points wise—to compete in the Post-Season. You’ll recall that to be qualified for the Post-Season you must enter 6 tournaments and have a total of 80 points or more and buy one Splash for Cash raffle book per adult fisherman. You get 10 points for entering each tournament.

We have several “bubble” teams who I know will qualify, and we have a few teams who can qualify by back paying a tournament or two and fishing the last two tournaments of the year. I project we will have 40 or so teams participate in the 2012 Post Season Payout Package and Magnolia State Championship. That’s a really good number for us, MCCers. Way to go— that means we’ve had a really good year with really good participation. As President of this fine organization, that makes my chest swell just a little bit more. Good Job, folks.

My second job here is to promote the May 5th $100,000 Enid Tournament. That’s right—$100,000 plus the normal Top 15 places are at stake in this first-time-ever WORLD’S LARGEST CRAPPIE OPEN TOURNAMENT hosted by the Water Valley Main Street Association. This is a open event, so I expect to have some fishermen enter who are potential MCC members. We want to do a good job of welcoming our guests and inviting them to join our club.

The $100,000 Top Prize guarantee is sponsored by our good friends and sponsors Bandit Lures and B’n’M Poles plus Doc’s Table Restaurant in Water Valley. I think almost everyone now understands that we’ve bought the same kind of “Odds On” insurance that is often used for golf, bowling, and other sporting events to cover our $100,000 Top Prize.

Nothing tricky here, friends. Plain facts are that if you catch the next World Record Crappie in the tournament, pass the polygraph, and have the fish certified by the International Game Fish Assoc as a World Record, you’ve just won $100,000 + Big Fish money for the day + Big Mama money for the year (if you’re a Post-Season qualifier).

This is a big deal for MCC. It’s as good as it gets. Come join us. I’d love to see each and every one of you at this first-ever-in-the-entire-country-$100,000 event. I’m sure we’ll have a blast!!! PJ


1st Place
Long-liners for life”, Jared Gray with guest Josh Byford, brought an impressive stringer of 7 crappie weighing 12.66 lbs to the scales. Since I was tied to a rock all day, and didn’t speak with these winners at the weigh-in, I have no idea when, where or how they caught the winning string. But, it was a good job, men!!!


2nd Place
Patrick Stone and Anthony Reasons turned in 12.54 lbs for 2nd place. That’s just a shad or two behind the winning team, guys.


3rd Place
Don Terry & Bernard Williams long-lined on a windy day and managed 3rd place with 12.48 lbs. Very nice catch, Don & Bernard.


4th Place
Sandy Tackett’s daddy, Andy, and Calloway Harris hung with the rocking and rolling on the east end and scored 11.99 lb.


5th Place
Steve Stevenson & Hugh Krutz weighed 11.95 lbs fishing isolated, stump fields out in the middle of the lake. Good job, fellers!!

In The Running
6th - Michael Nowell / Paula Nowell - 11.55#s 11th - John Harrison / Brad Taylor - 10.57#s
7th - Roger Womack / Katie Womack - 11.29#s 12th Paul Johnson / Mike Worrell (g) - 10.49#s
8th - Danny Wade / Ronald Wade - 11.18#s 13th  - Shelton Culpepper / David Thornton - 9.87#s
9th - Sid Steen / Scott Steen - 10.95#s 14th - Stan Tallant / Chris Johnson - 9.05#s
10th - Vic Finkley / Lee Hankins - 10.83#s 15th - Lance Evans / Jason Moak (g) - 8.96#s

Grenada Lake Results - March 17, 2012
Grenada Lake Winners
Grenada was the best ever, averaging 1.99 lbs for 294 fish weighed!

The best of the best was the Brad Taylor / John Harrison team, scoring over 18 pounds for their best 7 fish. It’s amazing that no 3 lbers were caught on a day when we averaged 1.99 lbs per fish. That’s a club record— best I can recall. I know this, we usually average just over 1.1 lbs per fish for the season—amazing, ain’t it!! John told me on Thursday that this would be a real doo-zey of a weigh-in.

Winning their second tournament of the season were Brad Taylor & his little short buddy, John Harrison. They out weighed a strong showing from every one with 18.05 lbs. Let me tell you, these boys could win out for the remaining 3 tournaments. They’re tough on every lake we fish.

“If you haven’t got at least 16 to 18 lbs don’t even bother coming to the scales,” was John’s prediction. He wasn’t far off, was he. 15th place weighed over 15 pounds.

Think about that for a second. Most tournaments are won with 15 lbs!! We really picked a good date for this tournament, and, only days before TDay, several of us were making plans for extreme low water conditions on Grenada. I had calls and emails asking about the low water level. Several teams were making plans to gear up for low water conditions.

We have 61 teams signed up so far this year. I want to say that is a club record, too. Still, every team listed on page 6 can quality to go to the State Championship, June 22 & 23, Chotard/Eagle. Our pay back rule will catch you up. You must have a minimum 6 tournaments entered, and a total of 80 points to get into the post-season.

And, don’t forget to pay for your Splash for Cash raffle tickets.

So many new names and faces. So many youngsters. Y’all are doing really good, MCC. Keep it up!! PJ
Has it ever been better???
WOW!! Folks, we just went from as “bad as it gets” to “Has it ever been better than this?” Seems like a distant memory now, but you will recall how terrible the conditions and the fish catching were at Lake Washington— only one tournament before Grenada—right?

If you’re new to tournament fishing, and a lot of this year’s group is, you’ve just seen the best of it, immediately following the worst of it.

You’ll recall that we had a guest at the weigh-in the other day at Grenada, Mickey Howley, with the World’s Largest Crappie Festival, Water Valley, MS. Mickey asked, as he watched with great interest and enthusiasm if this (Grenada) was one of our better tournaments.

My answer was an emphatic “yes—this is as good as it gets”. Huge turnout for MCC—our largest so far in the 2012-13 Season at 43 teams. Great weather and practically every team caught a lot of fish all day long.

I’m still thoroughly impressed with all the new faces we’re seeing at every event this season. How encouraging a message it is to see teams using our liberal “guest” rule and our “bring a kid—3 people in a boat rule”!

New member Johnny Walker locked right into both these opportunities bringing a guest, Morris Brewer and grandson, Hayden Breland. Now that’s the way to do it, Johnny. We’re so glad to have you and all our new members’ and first-time guests’ enthusiasm and support this year.

Mr. Howley’s comment after observing our MCC bunch and weigh-in procedures for almost an hour said upon his leaving, “You’ve got a great bunch of folks in your club—just exactly what we were hoping MCC would bring to our May 5th World’s Largest Crappie Festival. I can’t wait to report to the Water Valley Main Street Association what a great addition this crappie tournament will be to our 2nd Annual Festival.

People, I’ve been involved with this thing since it’s beginning 20 years ago, and I can honestly say that this, our 20th tournament season, feels like one of the best we’ve ever had. And, to me, that means that not only are we seeing so many new faces this year, but, overall, the fishing’s been really good on T-Day, the smiles and laughter and enthusiasm of all involved is unsurpassed, and the issues have been almost non-existent..

Speaking of issues, we had a slight hiccup with the weigh-in the other day. As you know, Tommy Moss and I weighed first and a weight of 18.48 pounds was announced. No two people were more surprised than Tommy and I. And, after a short reflection and discussion with “weigh-master In-Training” Bo Hudson and Head Weigh-master David Thornton, Tommy and I insisted that our fish be weighed again, knowing that we didn’t really have the 18 pound basket that Bo called. And, even though our rules say fish will only be weighed one time, Tommy and I knew we could not accept any prize that we didn’t earn. Over the mild protest of tournament officials, Tommy and I convinced them that the fair thing to do for all was to re-weigh our fish. We’re glad we cleared up any potential issue quickly.

Looking forward to seeing you all at Sardis, April 14th. PJ


1st Place
John Harrison / Brad Taylor - 18.05#s


2nd Place
Graham Taylor (guest) / Charles Lindsey - 16.98#s


3rd Place
Sidney Moak / Dennis Moak - 16.84#s


4th Place
Tommy Moss / Paul Johnson - 16.40#s


5th Place
Dawn Williams / Ray Williams - 16.33#'s


1st Place Big Fish
Brad Taylor / John Harrison - 2.95#s

2nd Place Big Fish
Steve Stevenson / Hugh Krutz - 2.85#s

In The Running
6th - Joe Lowery / Randy Bouchillon - 16.25#s 11th - Craig Cannon / Jared Gray - 15.53#s
7th - Andy Tackett / Calloway Harris - 16.20#s 12th Jimmy Smith / Ricky Smith - 15.36#s
8th - Shelton Culpepper / David Thornton - 16.15#s 13th  - Johnny Weatherford / Freddie Weeks - 15.31#s
9th - Bernard Williams / Don Terry - 15.76#s 14th - Hugh Krutz / Steve Stevenson - 15.26#s
10th - Keith Sullivan / Monty Blount - 15.55#s 15th - Kent Driscoll - 15.23#s
Lake Washington Results - February 11, 2012
Lake Washington Winners
Lake Washington was tough I tell you-- T-U-F-F, tough!!! But, MCC rookies, Warren Cotton and Kirk Lewis, Memphis, TN, found some really good fish the first two hours of the day. After catching what turned out to be the winning stringer by a wide margin, Cotton told me they didn’t get another bite after 9:00 o’clock Saturday morning.

MCC new comers, Warren Cotton and Kirk Lewis hail from Memphis. This was their 2nd MCC tournament, and they finished in the Top 5 at Arkabutla. What I’m trying to tell you is that this team is G-O-O-D !!! Over 14 pounds on a day when every other team was struggling just to get a bite. Congrats !!!



Where and how did they fish, you ask? We’ve got the answers. They put in at Cordell’s Landing and never cranked the big motor. They slow trolled minnows around the piers to begin with and then moved out from the bank a ways to 4 and 5 feet of water.

No one was more surprised than these two men when they got to the weigh-in line. They pretty much figured everyone else would have the same kind of day, and they were sick about their early bite playing out on them. That’s before they saw the rest of the club’s catch.

And, get this—these guys didn’t put in a minute’s practice. In fact, they got to Lake Washington Friday nite after the fish fry was over—you can imagine, they were a little upset about that, too. Warren told me that he has been fishing crappie tournaments for several years with another partner, and decided to join MCC this year, bringing Kirk with him.

Congratulations, men, y’all dun good, and we’re glad to have you in the club. Now, you need to get qualified for the post-season. Pay attention later in the newsletter to the “Post Season Qualifiers” section. See you fellers at Grenada—I imagine. Great job on a T-U-F-F day.;  PJ
As Bad As It Gets
Although our official club motto is “as good as it gets”, I’ve got to admit, tournament day on Lake Washington was “as bad as it gets”. Listen, we’ve fished tournaments when it was colder. We’ve had tournaments just as windy—remember the dust storms at Grenada a few years ago. But, to the best of my recollection, we’ve never had conditions this bad with the fishing this sorry as it was at Washington. Certainly, that’s no one’s fault and no reflection on this wonderful Mississippi crappie fishery. We’ll be back. It was just a bad day, weather wise, on Lake Washington.

Nonetheless, we had 36 really crazy and tough teams hit the lake under the absolute worst conditions a person could script. I want to compliment the “toughness” and safe-mindedness of everyone who fished, while at the same time suggesting that you probably ought to have yourselves checked out by the head doctor real soon.

What in the world would make grown men and women and a couple or three kids venture out into gale-force wind with the wind chill in the single digits? Hey, I know the answer, and the answer makes this club even stronger & tougher than I think we’ve ever been.

Not only are you people crazy, you’re one hardheaded bunch of tough, dedicated fisherpersons.

And, speaking of tough! We men like to think we’re the strong one on the man-woman spectrum, don’t we? I want to say to Deanna, Delta Dawn, Jackie, Kid Addysen (15 or so, I think), Paula, and Little Bit (that’s Short Stack, in case you were wondering), you ladies are “tooough”—and good, too.

We now know who’s catching the fish on the team currently sitting on top of the Points Race, don’t we. Tonya “Little Bit” Stewart scored a huge Big Mama @ 3.35 pounds. That’s one shad south of the club record.

Finally, we had two double-tough boys in the boats on Lake Washington. Eight year old Logan Grice, fishing with granddad Earl Oswalt, and 10 year old Cole Rowell fishing with his dad, Eli. These young fellows, as we all know, are great kids to be around, and sticking with these awful weather conditions just proves how unique and special you two boys are. MCC is fortunate to have you in the club.

As bad as T-Day was, the rest of the Lake Washington Experience was great! Working backwards in chronological order, I want to say thank you to Roy Norwood, with assistance from Charles Lindsay and others, for the Fish Fry Friday night. And, thank you Pam Hammond for opening your store, Roys, to us for our use on Friday nite. I hope all who tried ‘em enjoyed the Liver and Onions cooking on Thursday nite. And, a small crowd of us ate all the Shrimp & Oysters we could, courtesy of Rod Womack on Wednesday nite.

Now, I know the real reason we all “toughed it out” at Lake Washington. These are the times that make MCC as good as it gets!  PJ

Warren Cotton and Kirk Lewis introduce themselves by winning our Lake Washington tournament. These gentlemen fished Arkabutla and scored in the Top 5 there, too. All I can tell you is that I’m paying closer attention to where this team fishes at Grenada, aren’t you? Great Job, Guys!!! 14.84 lbs is pretty dang good.


3.35 for the biggest Big Mama so far this year caught by “Little Bit” Stewart. Oh yeah, they came in 2nd, too with 11.29 lbs.


Ken Middleton & Larry Nipper placed 3rd fishing in the Alligator Hole all day. Nice catch on a tough day, men. 10.67 lbs


Welcome back, Vic. Where you been? We’re so glad to see you in the Top 5 with 7.68 lbs of hard to come by crappie.


Robbie Nivens & David McWilliams scored a 3.13 lb slab and 5th place at 6.57 lbs. Good Job, Yazoo County Team !!


1st Place Big Fish
Tonya Stewart / Terry Stewart - 3.35#s

2nd Place Big Fish
Robbie Nivens / David McWilliams - 3.13#s

In The Running
6th - Krutz / Stevenson - 4.91#s 11th Johnson / Moss - 2.53#s
7th - Grice / Oswalt  - 3.23#s 12th Harris / Tackett - 2.42#s
8th - Jeffcoats / Rogers - 3.05#s 13th Womack / Womack - 2.03#s
9th Harrison / Taylor - 2.90#s 14th J Carr - 1.96#s
10th White / White  - 2.79#s 15th Wade / Wade - 1.76#s
Chotard II Results - January 14, 2012
Chotard II Winners
Kent Holmes and Alan Morgan, an MCC veteran team of many, many tournaments, showed the rest of us what a little more time on the water can mean. No one works harder at winning a tournament than these two old pros. Talk about daylight to dark, John Harrison ain’t got nuthin’ on these here fellers. “We love it,” said Kent “Get-Along” Holmes. “You can’t get Pa off the lake before dark,” soft-spoken Alan told me at the Friday nite Get- Together. “He comes to fish, and we’re catching a lot of fish on Chotard.”

Two of MCC’s finest veteran members showed out at Chotard, weighing in 13.31 pounds of Chotard’s finest. Big fish were abundant, coming in bunches to the scales. Close race, but in the end, Mr. Holmes and Mr. Morgan showed the rest of us how to best the best. Congrats, gentlemen!!!

Holmes and Morgan finished in the Top 5 in the Overall Points Race last season and currently hold the 5th spot this season, so we know these men are good on every lake we fish.

Look for Get-Along and Big Head to Repeat or 3-peat this season. When these boys get on a roll, they really dig in.

Lake Washington is always good to them, and it’s up next. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if we saw these same two fishermen standing in the winners circle at Lake Washington. Keep an eye on this team—pay attention to what, where, and how they fish. Plan on starting early and staying late if you’re going to scout them before the next tournament. They sure put in the practice time.

Roy’s Store at the north end of the lake will be our tournament Headquarters. Lake Washington in February can be “as good as it gets”.   PJ
As Good As It Gets
Chotard did not disappoint, did it? Yes, this was one of our best tournaments so far this season for several reasons. One, the fish bit. Man, did the fish bite on Chotard!

Only days before the Chotard tournament I had calls and e-mails asking me, begging me, threatening me to move the tournament to Eagle Lake. TD Terry Stewart was receiving the same kinds of calls, too. Some were sure that Eagle Lake was hot and Chotard was not. Some were convinced that Chotard would be too high, have too much water, or be extremely muddy on T-Day.

First-year Tournament Director Terry Stewart held firm to our scheduled agreement, and everything worked out great. Good job, Terry.

None of those fears were reality, were they? The lake was on a fall, the Vicksburg river level was well below our cut-off mark of 35 feet, and the water was as clear and beautiful as I’ve ever seen it.

And, man, the fish bit! That’s always a factor that makes one tournament more memorable than others—catching fish, catching huge fish.

You will note that the 2 largest fish for Split #1 Big Mama came from Chotard on page 6. Randy Bouchillon/Joe Lowery weighed a 2.80 lb monster, and Jennifer & John Ratcliff (2nd place in the tournament) weighed a huge Chotard fish @ 2.68 lbs. Those results are one of the reasons we fished Chotard twice this season.

And, as a reminder, before the weigh-in, I announced that Chotard closed the Big Mama Split # 1. Please note that to qualify for Big Mama payouts teams must meet the minimum participation level for Post-Season Payouts.

This year, that minimum participation level is to enter 6 regular tournaments and earn at least 80 points. Again, see page 6 for current participation levels for all teams. All that is to say that should any of the five teams currently listed to win Split # 1 Big Mama money not qualify, we go to the scorebook and pick the next heaviest fish caught during these first four events. We pay the money at the Awards Banquet.

The second reason we scheduled two events on Chotard this season was to support and say thank you to long-term club sponsor, Chotard Resort Landing. Mark Johnson and staff did a wonderful job as our hosts under “flood recovery” conditions. The Friday night Get-Together, sponsored by Chotard Landing, was “as good as it gets”, and we’ve never had tournament hosts who were so cordial and welcoming before.

Thank you Chotard Landing!!! We love coming here and fishing for some of the biggest and best crappie in the state of Mississippi. What an adventure, what a tournament!!! PJ

1st Place
Kent Holmes / Alan Morgan - 13.31#s


2nd Place
Jennifer Ratcliff / John Ratcliff - 12.94#s


3rd Place
Jimmy Smith / Jimmy L. Smith (guest) - 12.67#s


4th Place
Danny Wade / Ronald Wade - 12.66#s


5th Place
Brad Chappell / Bo Hudson - 12.64#'s


1st Place Big Fish
Randy Bouchillon / Joe Lowery - 2.80#s

2nd Place Big Fish
Jennifer Ratcliff / John Ratcliff - 2.68#s

In The Running
6th - Ken Middleton - 12.63#s 11th - Eli Rowell / Cole Rowell -11.81#s
7th - Joe Lowery / Randy Bouchillon - 12.40#s 12th Dennis Moak / Sidney Moak - 11.53#s
8th - John Harrison / Brad Taylor - 12.30#s 13th  - Paul Johnson / Tommy Moss - 11.51#s
8th - Hugh Krutz / Steve Stevenson - 12.30#s 14th - Chris Horton / Kevin Horton - 11.38#s
10th - Shelton Culpepper / David Thornton - 11.97#s 15th - Chris Criswell / Christopher Criswell - 11.34#s
Barnett Results - December 17, 2011
Barnett Winners
Robbie Niven and David McWilliams, a rookie team this year, showed the old pros in this club how it’s done on a cold, windy December day on Barnett. Windy down in the main lake? No problem, take it “upriver” and push minnows thru some heavy tops and lay downs; lose your net along

As tournament organizers, we’re always happy to see teams do well— especially new ones. At Barnett, David McWilliams and Robbie Niven, Yazoo City, MS, did really well winning the tournament “up river” with 7 huge specks weighing 12.11 lbs. Great job, fellers, and welcome to MCC.

the way; and miss the biggest fish of the day. Result—tournament winners in only their second tournament as a team. Both Robbie and David fished a tournament or two last year as guests of other team members. We’re sure glad you Yazoo boys showed back up this year. Keep it going.

I won’t disclose the exact location of David and Robbie’s upriver success. But, I can tell you that the top 3 weights came from the same area. When Tommy Moss and I made our move to our third stop, they were already there—slow trolling the outside edges of the river structure.

We fished close to one another for the first 30 minutes or so and then they broke to the other side of the river, and Tommy and I continued upriver, around the next bend. After a couple of hours of being out of sight of the winning team Tommy and I worked our way back down stream around the same bend and danged if David and Robbie weren’t exactly where we’d left them. Tommy said to me, “Those boys must be on a good top over there.” Turns out they sure were.

Good turnout at Barnett with 37 teams participating. Take note of the new names and faces at each of our events and be sure to make all our members feel welcomed in the MCC family. Glad to see all. PJ
As Good As It Gets


Did she say yes? Yes, she certainly did. Terry Stewart won the best prize of the day when his sweetheart and fishing partner, Tonya Stewart, said yes to Terry’s marriage proposal.

Talk about the MCC Family! Tonya and Terry sure illustrated the point at the Barnett weigh in.

Upon his arrival, I told Bobby Cleveland, Outdoors writer for the Clarion Ledger, what was going to happen before the weigh in, and he said, “That’s great—sure makes the point that MCC is a family-oriented club.”

Yes, Tonya, Terry told a few us on Friday what he had planned and quite frankly we were worried what Terry would do if you said, “let me think about it”. I asked Terry if he was sure about doing this in public, stating that he might get his heart broken, and he told me he’d never been more sure of anything in his life. You could certainly see the excitement in Terry’s face on Friday which turned into relief and happiness on Saturday.

As you all know, Tonya and Terry are not only tough tournament competitors on any given lake at any given time, they also serve the club as officers. Terry is the Tournament Director, and Tonya is our Sec-Treas.

What a great couple!!! And, we’re all so glad, Terry & Tonya, that you let us share your happiness and excitement. Terry, you did a fine job of the whole thing, sir. Shoot, most of us men could not have gotten thru your proposal without messing it up somehow.

And, Tonya—well, Tonya, all I can say now is that you didn’t hesitate for a second, making Terry one happy, lucky man.

Check with Paula and Mike Nowell, newlyweds last year, about honeymoon plans. As we all know, Paula and Mike spent their honeymoon fishing our Arkabutla tournament last season.

Congratulations, you two!! I’ve got an idea for the wedding. Let’s do it on the lake. I didn’t say at the lake. I said on the lake. Some of you oldtimers will remember the first memorial service we did on the water after long-time member Elmo Lyons died, don’t you? We had 35 boats in procession and we gathered around just north of the 43 bridge. We played a hymn or two, said a prayer or two, and gave a short eulogy. Hey, a wedding and a funeral have a few things in common, don’t they?

That new boat you’ve got is plenty big enough to get a preacher and a couple of bridesmaids and a best man on board. The flower girl and the ring bearer can come out in a separate boat. And, we can hold the reception under the pavilion after the weigh in. How’s that sound?PJ

1st Place
David McWilliams and Robbie Niven score big at their second tournament as a new team. I can vouch for them. We fished the same undisclosed area. They found a really good top and stayed on it for most of the day. Say, how do you score over 12 pounds without weighing a 2-lber? Answer—They’re all good ‘uns.


2nd Place
Jackie and Rod Womack (some folks calls her Katie—I calls her Jackie) caught some upriver slabs, too. Great job with 11.99 lbs.


3rd Place
Tommy Moss, in the drivers seat all day, with Paul Johnson handling the dip net scored a really nice 3rd place with 10.89 lb.


4th Place
Welcome back, Charles Lindsay. You, too, Junior. Always hard to beat this father/son team who turned in 9.55 lbs.


5th Place
Tournament pros, Joe Lowrey and Randy Bouchillon, bested 32 other teams placing 5th with 9.41 lbs. Nice job, men.


1st & 2nd Place Big Fish
Katie & Rodger Womack won both Big Fish prizes with 2.31# and 2.17# slabs.

In The Running
6th - Jimmy Smith - 9.31lbs 11th - Ken Middleton / Larry Nipper - 7.78lbs
7th - Dawn Williams / Ray Williams - 8.86bs 12th (Tie) - Cole Rowell / Eli Rowell - 7.50lbs
8th - Shelton Culpepper / David Thornton - 8.65lbs 12th (Tie)  - Dennis Moak / Sidney Moak - 7.50lbs
9th - Pat Jeffcoats / Rabbit Rodgers - 8.14lbs 14th - Brad Chappell / Bo Hudson - 7.30lbs
10th - Ronald Wade / Danny Wade - 7.83lbs 15th - Chris Horton / Ron Brewer - 7.12lbs
Chotard Lake Results - November 12, 2011
Chotard Winners
Brad Taylor and John Harrison, MCC Board Members, won the Chotard tournament employing a new strategy. Brad told me that John found some good fish on one top up in Albemarle while pre-fishing.

“We made sure we got to ‘the spot’ before Shelton and David, and we stayed on it all day. The top was real thick, and we broke off and re-tied 50 times, literally using up a 50 count pack of hooks. We caught close to 60 fish on that one top! No, sir, didn’t crank the motor all day except to get there and get back”, according to John when asked if they fished a lot of spots. Great job to a couple of club leaders. Y’all dun good!!

John told me they kept trying to figure out how to use their sponsors’ products in that top, but they never could get that Bandit crank bait to stay down. And they quickly lost all their Mr. Twister stuff to the brush.

So it was good ol’ Eagle Claw hooks and straight minnows that won the day for them. They didn’t even need their GPS unit, their lake maps, their side-imaging depth finder, their I-Pilot trolling motor, or their fish whistle.

I figure these fellows will be hard to handle the rest of the year. Look out Barnett, John and Brad figure on making it two in a row.

Our one and only Barnett tourney is up next, Dec 10. We’ll base the tournament out of the Hwy 43 Boat Ramps Pavilion. Early December on Barnett can be really good with fish feeding up before cold weather kicks in. Jig fishermen, slow trollers with minnows, long-liners using jigs and crank baiters can all win this event. It’ll be any body’s tournament to win, and, given good weather, it will come down to who can catch 7 really good ones. Looking forward to it. Hope to see 47 teams at Barnett. PJ
As Good As It Gets
Chotard didn’t disappoint. Chotard, as always, gave us a great, fun time for a day or two. I guess we look forward to making the Chotard tournament because it’s always more than just a fishing tournament.

It has an appeal for many of us for several reasons. One, the three lakes, Chotard/Albermarle/Tennessee, are some of the most beautiful resources our Magnolia State has. And, those beautiful waters contain some of the biggest crappie in the State of Mississippi. Two, our on-the-lake sponsors, Mark and Jerry Johnson of Chotard Landing Resort, top my list for being so accommodating to our bunch.

Three, we know how to tailgate—we’ve become experts at it. And, Chotard tops the list for our bunch when we gather for a cookout. Yes, we have good times wherever Rod Womack cranks up the music, and he and Shelton fire up the grills. Chotard seems just right for our outdoor, fun-loving crowd.

And, y’all do know that the Johnsons have been through a once in a lifetime flood this year—shoot, someone called it a 500 year flood—taxing their limits to bring it back to what it used to be and handle a group the size of MCC.

Mark and Jerry, thank you again for making our first-of-this-season Chotard tournament such a success. We’ll be back in January. Make your reservations now, folks. It’ll be duck season soon, 601-279-4282. And, a great big thank you to David Thornton, Eagle Lake, MS. David hosted any one and every one who wanted to come to his house on Thursday night. The fish was good, the hushpuppies were great, the pickled onions sublime and the company was so fine. Thank you, David. We really enjoyed it.

I was very pleased with the Chotard turnout—especially after I heard the wind forecast for T-Day. We had 38 teams according to Sec-Treas “Short Stack” Tonya Stewart. And, in the mix of the 38 teams were a bunch of new faces. Hope all you new folks keep coming on back—we need you. Tonya tells me that we had 8 teams for whom Chotard was their first event to enter this season. Adding those 8 teams to the 39 teams we had at Arkabutla puts our roster at a total of 47 teams very early in our season. And, the potential for continued growth this year is still there because we’ve had a good number of guests thru two tournaments this season.

I encourage all 47 Teams to be at the Barnett event, Dec 10. See T.D. Terry Stewart’s page for details. Plus, George Walker & Ray Clary are hosting a Friday Get-Together beginning at 3:00 PM at the Hwy 43 Pavilion at the boat ramps. I promised ’em I’d cook some of my infamous “liver & onions”. Join us, but you’d better bring something to throw on the grill. PJ

1st Place
Brad Taylor and John Harrison serve the club and members of the Board of Directors. In addition to serving in these leadership roles, these 2 fine gentlemen know how to catch fish on T-Day. Without moving from one top all day, John and Brad scored the winning total of 13.26 pounds and they caught the Big Fish of the day.


2nd Place
Board member, Ken Middleton and partner Larry Nipper caught big enough fish off of Culpepper’s top. They weighed 12.18 lbs


3rd Place
Weigh-Master David Thornton and club V-P Shelton Culpepper did good, too. They weighed 11.85 lbs of Albemarle specks.


4th Place
Two more of the club’s Directors, Terry Stewart and Tonya Stewart, did very well at Chotard, again. 11.84 lbs.


5th Place
Club rookies Calloway Harris and Andy Tackett hit the Top 5 in their 2nd MCC tournament. Great job, men with 11.52 lbs.


1st Place Big Fish
New team this year, but both are tournament veterans—Brad Taylor and John Harrison won the Big Fish with 2.29lb slab.

2nd Place Big Fish
Club President Paul Johnson & Board-Member Tommy Moss with 2.24lb Black Crappie.

In The Running
6th - Eli Rowell / Cole Rowell - 10.31lbs 11th (Tie)- Buras / Gunter - 9.69lbs
7th - Kent Holmes/ Alan Morgan - 9.92bs 11th (Tie) - Pitts / Sumrall - 9.69lbs
8th (Tie) - Bernard Williams / Don Terry - 9.83lbs 13th - Ronald Wade / Danny Wade - 9.68lbs
8th (Tie) - Rod Womack/ Katie Womack - 9.83lbs 14th - Brad Chappell / Bo Hudson - 9.57lbs
8th (Tie) - Randy Bouchillion / Joe Lowrey - 9.83lbs 15th - Hugh Krutz / Steve Stevenson - 8.95lbs
Arkabutla Winners - October 22, 2011

1st Place
Rev. Mickey Ferguson (guest) & Ray Williams
15.09#'s


2nd Place
Bernard Williams & Don Terry
14.41#'s & 2nd Big Fish 2.63#'s


3rd Place Tie
Warren Cotton & Kirk Lewis
13.06#'s


3rd Place Tie
Ray Clary & George Walker
13.06#'s


4th Place
Hugh Krutz & Steve Stevenson
13.03#'s


1st Place Big Fish
Craig Cannon & Jared Gray

In The Running
6th - Eli Rowell / Cole Rowell - 12.99lbs 11th - Roy Norwood - 12.00lbs
7th - Anthony Reasons/ Tony Lowrie - 12.95lbs 12th - Rod Womack/ Katie Womack - 11.76lbs
8th - Ron Nobles / Chris Pender - 12.56lbs 12th - Kent Holmes/ Alan Morgan - 11.76lbs
9th - Andy Tackett / Calloway Harris - 12.51lbs 14th - Randy Bouchillon/ Joe Lowrey - 11.63lbs
10th - Monty Blount - 12.49lbs 15th - Sidney Moak / Dennis Moak - 11.24lbs

MCC 2011-2012 Tournament Schedule
Date Lake Location
Oct. 22, 2011 Arkabutla Arkabutla, MS
Nov. 12, 2011 Chotard Vicksburg, MS
Dec. 10, 2011 Barnett  Madison, MS
Jan. 14th, 2012 Chotard Lake (with Eagle Lake substitute, should conditions warrant) Vicksburg, MS
Feb.11th, 2012 Lake Washington Glen Allen, MS
Mar.17th, 2012 Grenada Lake Grenada, MS
Apr. 14th, 2012 Sardis Reservoir Sardis, MS
May 5th, 2012 Enid Reservoir (Open Tournament, no club membership required, part of the 2nd Annual World’s Largest Crappie Fest) Water Valley, MS
June 2nd, 2012 Wolf Lake Yazoo City, MS
TO BE ANNOUNCED STATE CHAMPIONSHIP - BIG MAMA OPEN GRENADA, MS

Championship Results - Sept. 17-18, 2011 - Grenada, MS

Championship Winners


John Harrison & Kent Driscoll won the State Champs Title at Grenada in a really close race. They did it coming from "back In the pack" after Day One. In fact, they didn't make the Top 10 teams for Day One, and John said they changed locations on the lake on Day Two and ''went for broke".

John Harrison and Kent Driscoll show off the State Championship Trophies at Grenada. Great job, men!

Being on the "hot seat" while watching the next ten teams weigh in trying to knock them out of 1st place was an anxious time for this veteran team to say the least. They were over-joyed when George Walker/Ray Clary, Day One leaders and the last team to weigh-in, didn't have quite enough to overtake them.

Driscoll/Harrison registered 23.68 pounds for a two day total that was just enough to survive the late push by 2nd place overall finishers Stewart/Stewart (23.40 lbs) and Clary/Walker (22.90 lbs).

I'm proud to see such great assets to the club do so well. These men contribute so much to MCC's overall success. Both raise lots of sponsorship money and facilitate things the rest of us just couldn't make happen. Thank you, Kent and John. You fellers come on back next season. We'll be glad to try to win some of that money back.

Speaking of next season, it's here!! Yes, sir, right now we're making plans for the next first event at Arkabutla on October 22nd. See the details in following pages in this issue. Last October we had one of the best tournaments of the year on Arkabutla. Some of the heaviest fish and limits were caught, and I know that if you fished it last year, you're like me and can't wait to get back to Hernando, MS.

Bring a new member or a guest fisherman with you. We just finished a big growth year, folks, in membership, sponsorship, and tournament participation. Let's keep the momentum going.  PJ

2011 Big Mama Open

The Big Mama Open got even bigger this year1 Our 2nd Annual BMO brought in 69 teams vs 63 teams a year ago. That's nearly a 10 % growth rate, and any business enterprise in America would be tickled pink right now with a 10 % growth number. We should be, too.

The Grenada COE were such wonderful hosts again this year. Our buddy, Mr. Don Gober, Chief of the Grenada COE Office. IS retiring in December, and I want to say thank you, Mr. Gober, and thank you to all the other Grenada Park Rangers and Game Wardens and staff who helped facilitate our growing numbers at Grenada.

We look forward to coming back as often as we can. The best to you Mr. Gober in your retirement. Come fish with us. You'll have a ball. Congratulations to Dave (he said call him "Gator") & Darlene Roach, Horn Lake, MS, for winning the BMO with a 2.46 pound Big Mama. They caught this really good fish on a B'n'M Pole and earned $500 B'n'M Bonus Bucks in addition to $1500 cash.

Gator and Darlene Roach shown with Jack Wells, B'n'M Poles, fished j their first tournament ever at Grenada BMO. Great job, rookies1 Dave told me that he bought the biggest minnows he could find at Tadpole's in Hernando late Friday night, and he believes that made the difference. Gator claimed he caught 14 white perch over 2 pounds with those really huge minnows on Saturday.

The story goes that Ray Clary drew him a map on Friday afternoon at registration showing him were to launch and fish. Seems Gator had never even seen Grenada Lake before. Plus, he had a blowout on his boat trailer on the way to the lake Saturday morning and didn't get started fishing until after 8 o'clock.

Gator's home lake is Arkabutla. And, he told me the really big fish are biting on Arkabutla--over 3 Ibers, over 18 inches long. Man, I can't wait!!! How bout you?  PJ

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Championship Winners - September 17-18, 2011

1st Place
John Harrison and Kent Driscoll pulled the rabbit out of the hat on Day Two and overcame a low Day One weight. An emotional win for these two great fishermen. Congrats, men, on a 2-day total of 23.68 lbs.


Terry Stewart & Tonya Stewart score a very close 2nd place overall with 23.40 Ilbs. Great job, y'all.


3rd Place
Ray Clary & George Walker Day One winners with 12.54 lbs finished with a 3rd place overall total of 22.90 lbs.


4th Place
Defending State Champs, Bo Hudson & Brad Chappell placed 4th Overall this year. Not bad, guys, not bad at all. 22.64 lbs.


5th Place
Ken Middleton & Larry Nipper were 5th Overall with 22.18 lbs. Great job for a couple of row crop farmers from the Delta.
Craigg Cannon / Jared Gray - 2.51lbs Craigg Cannon / Jared Gray - 2.15lbs
Tommy O'Keefe / Wayne Stewart - 2.15lbs

In The Running
6th - A. E. / Les Smith - 22.07lbs 14th - Womack / Womack - 19.70lbs
7th - Don Terry / Bernard Williams - 21.74lbs 15th - Moak / Moak - 19.36lbs
8th - Monty Blount / Keith Sullivan - 21.52lbs 16th - Nathan Howell / Vic Finkley - 19.27lbs
9th - Jimmy / Ricky Smith - 21.05lbs 17th - Garrett / Horton - 19.04lbs
10th - Randy Bouchillion / Joe Lowrey - 20.02lbs 18th - Cannon / Gray - 18.95lbs
11th -  Blackwell / Blackwell - 20.02lbs 19th - Chris Criswell / Brad Taylor - 18.95lbs
12th - Michael Nowell / Paula Nowell - 19.97lbs 20th - Eli Rowell / Cole Rowell - 18.68lbs
13th - Ronald / Danny Wade - 19.86lbs  

Other State Championship Stats
Other State Champ Stats 33 boats-A little disappointing that 2 of our qualified teams couldn't fish this event due to personal conflicts or health reason. We missed Jeffcoats / Thomas and Lindsay/Lindsay. We hope you boys are able to join us at Arkabutla Oct. 22nd.

31 teams weighed 204 fish on Day One that weighed 286.81 pounds. That's an avg size of 1.41 lbs per fish.

28 teams weighed 190 fish on Day Two that weighed 275.22 pounds. That's an avg size of 1.45 lbs per fish.

Total weight 562.03 lbs

Avg size crappie @ 1.43 lbs

Opps, Tommy, after a 5th place finish on Day One, we dropped the ball on Day Two. I told you we should have pulled Bandits.

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