Crappie Masters kicked off its 2013 season in Florida with events on two consecutive weekends. The first was held January 25 and 26 in Tavares on the Harris Chain of Lakes. The third day of Florida fishing was held on Lake Monroe, Lake Jessup and the St. Johns River near Sanford, FL. The final day of fishing took place on February 3, with the combined total weight from all three days determining the Florida champion.
Crappie Masters is a team tournament featuring 16 events including a national championship to be held on Lake Granada, MS September 25 to 28. Teams are made up of two anglers. Nine of the 44 teams entered in Florida were male-female teams.
Top Florida honors went to Billy and Scott Williams. The team of brothers weighed in 27.2 lbs in the three days of fishing. The pair found their big fish in the St. Johns River, fishing 20 foot deep waters. The crappies were holding at about 18 feet according to the winning team.
The second place team of Bill Badley and Denny Tittle totaled 26.53 lbs. after the three days of fishing. They found the fish deep also, saying they fished 16 to 20 foot waters. Badley and Tittle won the day at Sanford, with 11.53 of their total weight coming on the final day of fishing.
Missourian John Shannon, fishing by himself, took the 3rd slot of the Florida Championship. His partner had other duties and he had to go it alone. It is a bit unusual for an individual angler to score so high in the standings in this team sport. In the end, he managed 25.04 lbs. in the three days to capture his position in the championship. John commented that he caught plenty of crappie, but just couldn’t get on the big fish.
Top male-female teams are recognized at each Crappie Masters event. The top male-female team honors in Sanford went to Don and Toni Collins. The Florida based team weighed in 9.1 lbs to take the Monroe title and won a Minn Kota trolling motor for their efforts.
The next tournament will be held at Reelfoot Lake near Tiptonville and Samburg Tennessee on March 2nd.
For more information on the Crappie Masters visit their website at http://www.crappiemasters.net.
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