WOW! What a tournament full of big fish. The weather was a little nasty Fri with some rain and north winds, but Sat dawned clear and calm. Conditions were right for the fish to be biting and the big ones didn't disappoint. There were 29 fish over 2# weighed in and more than that were caught. After the leader board was showing 2.37 in 10th place, most people with a 2# fish opted to go for closest too. So don't know how many fish were caught that actually exceeded 2#.
This year saw another big increase in entries with 193 adults and 23 juniors; 216 total entries. Folks, in terms of entries, this years Crappie Fest is the largest ever big fish crappie tournament in the U.S. CAT hopes to grow this tournament large enough to be giving away a boat for big fish. CAT is working diligently in that direction.
There was a bonus award for any crappie over 3# and that money was claimed this year by Phillip Law with an impressive 3.2# crappie. That fish was worth $9K. Highest finishing CAT member was Donnie Holder in second place with another impressive 2.97# fish worth $3K.
There were 4 fish over 2# brought to the scales by the junior anglers. Langdon didn't get that 4 pounder but he did have a great 2.22# fish for big fish overall in the junior division for 10 and under just edging out Mason Tucker by .01#. In the 11-17 junior division, Stewart Turner had a 2.11# for first place. Congrats to all the junior anglers.
Bill Muntz will be adding pics later.
Here's pic of the leader board