Despite the winds of nearly 20 M.P.H Magnolia Crappie Club’s Lake Washington tournament was a rounding success. The winning seven fish limit was 13.83 pounds for Brad Taylor and Chris Criswell. B’n’M’s Pro Team, Kent Driscoll and John Harrison snagged second place with a 12.46 stringer. The Magnolia Crappie Club is a family organization and the members are just good folks that are a pleasure to fish with. If you live in or near Mississippi, please check out their website and join.
The outdoor writer event, Crappie Camp followed after the tournament and they rolled out the red carpet. War Eagle Boats President, Mike Ward cooked a killer meal of lip-smacking ribs on his custom made smoker. Between the pros and the writers (Keith Sutton, Chris Ginn and Jeff Samsel) I was in darn good company.
My first few hours of day-two were with Bernard Williams and Donald Terry. They specialize in long-lining for Crappie. (Road Runners fished waaay behind the boat) I shared a new Natural Science Road Runner Head with him which he quickly rigged for long-lining. Donald and Bernard were fun to work with and easy targets for my camera.
My second session was with Kent Driscoll, John Harrison and fellow photographer, Chris Ginn. Our shoot was about one of their favorite techniques, wading for Crappie. Driscoll used a Slab-Daddy while Harrison used a Crappie Thunder Road Runner for ammo. I’ve seen how effective this technique is on Grenada Lake and it’s a killer.
During a coffee break; Jeff Samsel’s son Nathaniel played a few songs on his dulcimer and we were blown away by his talent. This 11-year old plays like he’s been at it for thirty years. Incredible.
The dark clouds of an approaching cold-front began to sneak up on our camp. I quickly bagged some video tips and loaded up the truck for the ride home. As luck would have it; the front caught up with me and made for a long trip. But it gave me plenty of time to think about the great people I met during this adventure.
Look for the big Bass mount and the three-pound Crappie in our Bassmaster Classic booth this weekend. Please stop by and say howdy.