Crappie USA Classic on Pickwick-Wilson

Souther Pro Tackle Tubes and Road Runner Heads

Steve Coleman & Ronnie Capps land their seventh Classic win.

-Sheffield, AL  Over 140 teams converged on Pickwick-Wilson Lakes during last week’s, Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic. Both amateur and semi-pro divisions competed for thousands of dollars in prize money. Two Ranger boats would be up for grabs as well.

The staff at Colbert County Tourism and Crappie USA did their best to make the anglers feel welcome. All through the event, I enjoyed many warm smiles and firm handshakes. If an angler broke down, a staffer rushed to town for parts. One of the owners of Crappie USA bought a trailer spring and installed it while the angler fished. Imagine his surprise to find his trailer fixed when he docked!

Kindness is contagious. I found myself dipping minnows at Rose Trail RV Park and General Store, two mornings. This was a blessing to me as the friendly banter of the anglers brought back memories of my family’s tackle shop. It is hard to run into an unhappy person that is going fishing.

The team of Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman weighed in a total of 25.22 pounds to win the semi-pro division. They combined their signature, Southern Pro Tackle Tubes with Road Runner and regular jig heads to fish 19 to 26 feet of water. Their color of choice was the lime/chartreuse glow.  Congratulations on their seventh Crappie USA Classic title! Look for Capps and Coleman Signature Road Runners at Cabela’s.

Other news…

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Blessings, -TJ

About TJ Stallings

45-year tackle industry veteran Marketing and Crazy Ideas at TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (Home of Road Runner Lures and six hook brands including Tru-Turn, Daiichi, XPoint, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie and StandOUT Hooks.) Home of Gun Protect. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of TJ Stallings and not necessarily those of TTI-Blakemore.
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