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badbrad
04-06-2005, 08:39 PM
I've never competed for catching crappie and have never been to a weigh-in. I was just wondering if the fish that are caught were released? Also, does the total weight decide the winner like in a bass tournament?

I have mixed feelings about tournaments for any species. The lake closest to home that I fish has a bass tournament going on nearly every day. The pressure on the lake is tremendous. I don't know that I want to see the crappie fishing pressured the same way.

I'm not trying to open up a can of worms here, and definately am not trying to be critical of anyone who fishes tournaments. I'm just trying to think of what is best for the resource. I've heard crappie replenish themselves very well, but I wonder if that would be the case if there were numerous tournaments on the lake. I would appreciate any insight on this subject that would make me more receptive to the idea.

Crapbie
04-06-2005, 09:10 PM
I like the fact that so many of us in the forum are planet conscious, I too worry about those things. I can only imagine what its like to live on a lake and have to worry about the fish in there aswell as the value of your house falling due to a polluted/dead lake. Some tournaments have a fish fry after where they fry some but never that many. Many go back and many tournaments have a penalty if you bring any back dead. One around here is 8oz penalty per dead fish. Also around here atleast the more popular a lake is the more it is stocked to help counter the effect, it leads to lots of smallish hungry fish but its better then no fish right :)

reelcrappie
04-06-2005, 09:20 PM
Bass tournaments and crappie tournaments are two different breeds. Crappie tournament fish usually get fried. No losers in a crappie tournament. Now the pro tournaments for crappie may be different but the best part of local small tournaments is the friends you make and of course the fish fry afterwords. Fishing is, after all , about bragging rights and fun. Crappie fishermen, as a whole, are the most unselfish bunch, when it comes to sharing information, that you will find anywhere.

Eager Beaver
04-06-2005, 09:34 PM
Touneyment fishing pays into the resourse through the fishing license and bait and tackle that is bought locally at each site. The money is used to help the fish and game in the state through various projects. Fish stocking is one that the states do. The local economy is also enhansed by the fishermen paying motels and resturants and other establishments while they are in the area. Ask the local merchants what they think of the touneyment, There isn't to many that don't want them to be held in their area. Guys that take the family along while the guy's fish the women shop.

callshy
04-07-2005, 06:46 AM
At the bigger tournaments (Crappiemasters, Crappie USA, etc.) the fish are returned to the water. There is no big fish fry afterwards. The crappie tournaments for the bigger trails are spread out across different lakes not pressuring one certain lake. There can be NO dead fish weighed in.

CrappiePappy
04-07-2005, 08:19 AM
if you look at the top of this forum page, you will see the tournament series that I help run ... and fish in. We have two tournaments a year on a 39,000 acre lake. Teams are two anglers per boat ... and the weigh-in limit is 10 fish per boat. No dead fish can be weighed (but they can be contributed to the fish fry). We clean and cook all the fish that are weighed in .... BUT - the anglers DO have the option to keep the fish for themselves or release them, if they so desire. Rarely do we have a full field weigh in "limits" of 10 fish. Even when we have 35 teams participating ... we still generally only have 100-120 fish to clean. That sounds like a lot ... until you consider that the lake's creel limit is 30 fish per person (state law). So, it's more like our tournament anglers are only catching 3-4 persons daily limits ... even though there's 70 of us out there fishing. Even on the outside chance that we have more fish than those, who attend the fish fry, can eat - none of the fish are wasted. They're packed up and distributed to anyone who wants them.

You just have to set reasonable limits on the fish numbers that can be brought in ... depending on the size of the lake and its potential.

Crappie tournaments for $$ .... like CUSA and NACA ... release their fish. There's several good reasons for them doing so, I believe. One - they have 1day events ... just the tournament. Two - they have many more teams participating. Three - they have more than 2 tournaments per year. Four - in regards to #3 ... they spread their series out over many different lakes & states (some small waters - some big waters).

The other guys have some valid points, as well. And it's also a valid point that the Fish & Wildlife Depts of the states involved - set the size and creel limits in accordance with the species sought, angler hours on the water, number of anglers utilizing those waters, and the ability of those waters to sustain a viable population. And while it is true that Crappie are prolific ... they are also cyclic, in their proliferation - due to weather, water levels, water conditions, and natural predation & mortality. My best guess would be that, there's probably more Slab Crappie dying of old age - than are weighed in at a tournament ... and, many of them, may have never even seen a lure. ................cp :cool:

badbrad
04-07-2005, 08:30 AM
Thanks for the information Crappiepappy. The format you described seems very sensible. I just was unfamiliar with how the tournaments were organized.

Crappie Chaser
04-07-2005, 06:57 PM
Crappiepappy has said it right. In the Crappie USA tournaments, ALL FISH MUST BE ALIVE when weighed in, and the tournament organizers release all fish back into the lake. The Crappie USA (American Crappie Association) is an organized group who works very hard to lobby for better management of crappie populations and improvement of crappie fisheries across America. The C-USA is dedicated for all crappie anglers, tournament and weekend anglers alike. Memebership to the Crappie USA is $20 per year, which includes a Product Gift Pack, Crappie Journal Subscription, and allows you to fish in C-USA events in your region. The Cabela's Classic is usually held in late September, with the winners receiving cash, a rigged Ranger boat and Evinrude motor.

Yes Brad, you can weigh in up to 7 crappies and the total weight of those 7 crappies determines your place in the standings. If you weigh in more than 7 crappies, you're disqualified.

fiddlefarter
04-07-2005, 09:53 PM
I really want to fish the Spring Fling. If only I hadn't made a commitment to shoot the Muzzy Classic bowfishing tournament at Guntersville that night :(

crappster
04-08-2005, 08:37 AM
I wish the crappie tournaments did not require the fish to be weighed be kept alive. Then I could enter the tournaments in my canoe. I'd do it too. Man that would be awesome to win a tournament in a canoe!

TAE73
04-08-2005, 10:28 AM
I wish the crappie tournaments did not require the fish to be weighed be kept alive. Then I could enter the tournaments in my canoe. I'd do it too. Man that would be awesome to win a tournament in a canoe!

Get yourself a large insulated cooler and hook up a water pump to recirculate the water and you would be set! Most livewells are not insulated, just thin pieces of plastic.

callshy
04-08-2005, 03:48 PM
I wish the crappie tournaments did not require the fish to be weighed be kept alive. Then I could enter the tournaments in my canoe. I'd do it too. Man that would be awesome to win a tournament in a canoe!

I fish basket hanging out the side until you finish fishing, then a cooler will be fine for transportation. ;)

Barnacle Bill
04-08-2005, 03:57 PM
I wish the crappie tournaments did not require the fish to be weighed be kept alive. Then I could enter the tournaments in my canoe. I'd do it too. Man that would be awesome to win a tournament in a canoe!

We use to use one of those large nylon clothes bags hanging over the side. It works well until you forget to bring it in when moving with the big motor. :eek:

DmDuck
04-08-2005, 04:52 PM
If I was told right , someone did win the Crappie USA Tournament at Lake Monroe ( Indiana) last year out of a canoe .

Crapbie
04-08-2005, 08:21 PM
DO you think loads of rich people went out and bought canoes afterwards thinking they were the next great invention. I'm going to make 20 footer with a racing stripe and sell them for $20,000, for $25,000 you can get a roofless one : )

Raintree
04-11-2005, 12:08 PM
I have only fished 1 crappie tournament but the fish were kept and either let go after weigh or cleaned. Limit was 10 fish per person and total for like 40 boats was only 150 fish so not even a few people's daily limit of 30 each.

However the Woods & Waters tourny was going on the same weekend and they released all there catch. It depends on the event.

BASS fishing i release everything but not crappie those taste too good in my pan.

GABoy
04-11-2005, 12:19 PM
I wish the crappie tournaments did not require the fish to be weighed be kept alive. Then I could enter the tournaments in my canoe. I'd do it too. Man that would be awesome to win a tournament in a canoe!

Just get you a little basket to hang over the side and a 5 gallon pail to transport the fish to weigh-in.....

kunes
04-11-2005, 12:20 PM
I wish the crappie tournaments did not require the fish to be weighed be kept alive. Then I could enter the tournaments in my canoe. I'd do it too. Man that would be awesome to win a tournament in a canoe!
It's kinda funny. From where my house sits I have a clear view of one of the landings often used for tournaments. I've noticed that when there is a bass tournament all the boats that "blast off" look the same, just different colors. It's a whole different deal with the crappie tournaments. First off there's not quite so much "blast" goin on and you'll see all different kinds of boats, most without a metalflake paint job :) I did see 2 guys in a square back canoe with a small outboard fishing the Southern Crappie Assn tournament earlier this year. Watched em catch 2 crappies.

GABoy
04-11-2005, 12:23 PM
It's kinda funny. From where my house sits I have a clear view of one of the landings often used for tournaments. I've noticed that when there is a bass tournament all the boats that "blast off" look the same, just different colors. It's a whole different deal with the crappie tournaments. First off there's not quite so much "blast" goin on and you'll see all different kinds of boats, most without a metalflake paint job :) I did see 2 guys in a square back canoe with a small outboard fishing the Southern Crappie Assn tournament earlier this year. Watched em catch 2 crappies.

HUGE difference in the Bass vs. Crappie tournaments....not even mentioning the people involved!

TAE73
04-11-2005, 01:09 PM
There is no blast offs for since you can be on the water anytime you wish, just cant start before a certain time. One nice thing about CAST, CrappieMasters, and CrappieUSA tournaments. Our club tournaments are like bass tournament, everyone takes off at the same time. Quite a fun deal with boats going each direction. Especially when they head the same direction you are, makes you wonder if they are headed to the same spot.

There is a spot on Truman Lake, if anyone is familar with it. Lots of bass tournaments go out of Bucksaw ramp. As you head down the lake there is a very narrow gap that you can use a short cut if you know the spot. It will cut about 5-10 minutes of your run. What is funny is some boats will fast idle through the spot, others try to run full tilt. Some near crashs happen at this spot, and it happens almost the same time every saturday morning during the summer.

GABoy
04-11-2005, 02:21 PM
There is no blast offs for since you can be on the water anytime you wish, just cant start before a certain time. One nice thing about CAST, CrappieMasters, and CrappieUSA tournaments. Our club tournaments are like bass tournament, everyone takes off at the same time. Quite a fun deal with boats going each direction. Especially when they head the same direction you are, makes you wonder if they are headed to the same spot.

There is a spot on Truman Lake, if anyone is familar with it. Lots of bass tournaments go out of Bucksaw ramp. As you head down the lake there is a very narrow gap that you can use a short cut if you know the spot. It will cut about 5-10 minutes of your run. What is funny is some boats will fast idle through the spot, others try to run full tilt. Some near crashs happen at this spot, and it happens almost the same time every saturday morning during the summer.


I would like to see that....not necessarily be involved, but watching would be fun!

england
04-11-2005, 07:26 PM
Well folks here is my two cents on this subject.
Everybody on this web site should enter at least one of the national crappie tournements. Crappie USA or Crappie Masters has a local event close to most folks. My partner and I thought we were pretty good at this crappie fishing stuff.So we entered a Crappie USA tournement on Grenada lake Mississippi. This lake is about 50 miles from my house.We practiced hard on our fishing for months before this tourny.We were going to give these pros a run for there money.We pre fished the two days before from sun up to sun down,And had four good areas for good fish.When tournement day came we were ready, confident, and started fishing at 6:30 am just knowing we were going to well. About three hours into it we have not caught a big fish, and we thought we would have to catch at least two or three big ones to make a good showing with a seven fish limit. Well we paniced, then we ran to the bank to try and catch seven good males, and we did just that. We wieghed in our seven fish limit at just under ten pounds,we knew that we were not going to win,but we thought that we did ok. The winning team wieghed in 20.5 pounds with seven fish and set a new record for pounds per fish at 2.8 pounds. There were 34 teams I think in the pro division and we placed 32nd. These guys are good ,they are PROFESSIONALS. I now know the meaning of the word. So if yall think your good, go against these guys one time and they will show you just how good you are.
This was very fun for us, we are looking foward to another buttkickin next year.

TAE73
04-11-2005, 08:29 PM
Just remember when fishing for tournaments, you are not looking to find alot of fish. You are fishing for 10 to 15 big bites, they are won by quality not quanity.

I think I would have entered in the amateur division my first time out, there is a reason why they have a pro and amateur divisions.

Moose1am
04-11-2005, 08:50 PM
No but the guy that won the 2002 and 2003 spring Crappie USA tournaments prefished out of a john boat and did mighty good. Sound transmits through water 4 times faster than in air. So any noise that is created in water travels pretty far and is easily heard by the fish. Even small pressure waves created by a boat approaching might be picked up by the fish's lateral lines.

A kayak or cannon with a paddle would be much quieter than a bass boat with a 65lb thrust trolling motor and a depth sounder sending out a sound pulse ever 1/40th of a second.

I have always wondered how well the crappie or any fish for that matter can hear. What frequencies do they hear. Can they hear the sonar sound pulses in the water. I know that humans can't hear those low frequency sounds but how do we really know if the fish can or can't hear them.

It took us years of research to figure out that Elephants hear in very low frequency sound waves and use these very low frequency sound waves to communicte with each other over tens of miles.

We think that whales also can sing or communicate with each over over the vastness of the ocean.

But even if the fish can hear the sound pulses from the depth sounders transducer they may not be alarmed but it or know what is coming their way. They are not called fish for nothing. They still are on the lower runs of the evolutionary scales.




If I was told right , someone did win the Crappie USA Tournament at Lake Monroe ( Indiana) last year out of a canoe .

whizkids
04-12-2005, 07:59 AM
A point of clarification: In Crappie USA all fish presented for weighin must be released back into the lake alive. If a lake limit is 30, seven can be weighed in and released and 23 kept for the table. This would of course mean the largest are released, but that not all fish caught in a tournament or in practice are released.

GABoy
04-12-2005, 08:50 AM
Well folks here is my two cents on this subject.
Everybody on this web site should enter at least one of the national crappie tournements. Crappie USA or Crappie Masters has a local event close to most folks. My partner and I thought we were pretty good at this crappie fishing stuff.So we entered a Crappie USA tournement on Grenada lake Mississippi. This lake is about 50 miles from my house.We practiced hard on our fishing for months before this tourny.We were going to give these pros a run for there money.We pre fished the two days before from sun up to sun down,And had four good areas for good fish.When tournement day came we were ready, confident, and started fishing at 6:30 am just knowing we were going to well. About three hours into it we have not caught a big fish, and we thought we would have to catch at least two or three big ones to make a good showing with a seven fish limit. Well we paniced, then we ran to the bank to try and catch seven good males, and we did just that. We wieghed in our seven fish limit at just under ten pounds,we knew that we were not going to win,but we thought that we did ok. The winning team wieghed in 20.5 pounds with seven fish and set a new record for pounds per fish at 2.8 pounds. There were 34 teams I think in the pro division and we placed 32nd. These guys are good ,they are PROFESSIONALS. I now know the meaning of the word. So if yall think your good, go against these guys one time and they will show you just how good you are.
This was very fun for us, we are looking foward to another buttkickin next year.


My partner and I have fished in the Amateur division this entire season, but I believe we are past the cut-off limit in winnings, so we will be moving up to the Semi-Pro division next year....that should be a good time!!!

We had a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, and 23rd. We still have the Regionals and the Classic to fish for this season, and then immediately start the next season at Oconee in October. That will probably be our first Semi-Pro event....unless we are still under that winnings amount that will allow us to stay in Amateur.

I can't wait!

Tim The Lippa Rippa Mon
04-12-2005, 09:03 AM
Everybody on this web site should enter at least one of the national crappie tournements. Crappie USA or Crappie Masters has a local event close to most folks.....
My partner and I thought we were pretty good at this crappie fishing stuff.
This was very fun for us, we are looking foward to another buttkickin next year.

You have a great attitude England. ;) And yes, their are really some top notch pros out there. When I first started tournament fishing, I thought I was gonna whup everybody cuz I always significantly outfished all my friends & relatives. I got the same eye opener too! :eek: Man!! This lake has fish that size in it!?!? I was severely outdone. It really can be fun getting beat though. Especially when you learn something from it.

Joe Miller just started another Pro Crappie tournament circuit just for the state of MS this year. His Classic, (I'm qualified for it already) will be on Sardis Lake this Fall. If you are interested, I can put you in touch with him about his coming qualifier events.

I would also like to mention C.A.S.T. - This is an excellent run association. I would suggest checking out some of their tournaments in the future as well. Read all about it Here: (http://www.castamerica.com/)

Full baskets and big bites to ya. Tell them Rippa, or Big Tim sent ya's! :D

<,"}/>{ Rippa

GABoy
04-12-2005, 09:10 AM
Man...it's too bad CAST is only out in the midwest, I am always looking for some good tournaments to fish.

Yep, you really do have to have a good attitude to fish tournaments....because there are some fine fishermen across the nation and they really can show you a thing or two about how to be a good sport...hee hee!!!

TAE73
04-12-2005, 09:37 AM
I would also like to mention C.A.S.T. - This is an excellent run association. I would suggest checking out some of their tournaments in the future as well. Read all about it Here: (http://www.castamerica.com/)

Full baskets and big bites to ya. Tell them Rippa, or Big Tim sent ya's! :D

<,"}/>{ Rippa

Tim, you coming down to Mark Twain this weekend for CAST? If you do let me know how you did, I hope you are not plaqued with all the small fish that have been caught lately. Good luck to ya.

Moose1am
04-12-2005, 10:06 AM
Eager Beaver:

While all you said is true .. it's also true that those same guys would be fishing anyway on their own. Many days on KY Lake you can see lots of fishing boats out on the lake and they are not competing in a timed tournament. They are competing for the same fish however but they are not rushed.


Here is what I don't like about tournament fishing. The time element makes people do things that they normally would not do. Add some money into the mix and they may do even crazier things. NOTE: I said MAY as not everyone acts crazy when money is on the line but some guys do. Money makes the world go round but it also causes people to do crazy things like rob banks or comment forgery.

I don't mind guys having fun fishing tournaments but I personally would rather not have to compete like that. First I just don't have the resourse to compete. Second I would rather take my time out on the lake and fish for a week and relax. I am older too so the excitement of a tournament is not good for guys with high blood pressure like me. I may have been more inclined to fish tournaments when I was younger. But back then they didn't have that many fishing tournaments.

Fishing tournaments is for guys with money or guys or gals that want to devote most of their finances to fishing the tournament trail. It's not for everyone.

Now what you said about the business in an area is very true. The tournaments will bring in new money to an area and the financial experts say that the money turns over 5 times in that same community so it's very good for any community to get motel rentals up.

I have competed in three fishing tournaements in my intire life. One was a friendly bass fishing tournament help by the Purdue University bass fishing club. They let me fish for free and I took out a student with me for the day. The students can't keep boats at Purdue very easily so they depend on volunteers to take them out on the lake for a day. My fraternity brother started the Purdue Bass Fishing Club long after I left the campus and I thought it would be a good thing to help the club out. I did that in Sept 2003. I have fished two other tournaments and both were for Dave Summers. Those were the Teezer crappie fishing tournaments. I caught a few nice crappie on the first tournament and finished way down on the list. The last tournament I didn't catch a signal fish. But I learned about where not to go on KY Lake when the winds blow out of the NE. LOL I took Jeff out in my boat that cold windy November day and could not reach the spot I wanted to fish due to the winds and high waves. It was just too dangerous for my small 16 ft boat. I could see the spot but I could not get closer than 200 yards to it without being bucketed by the winds and waves. So I ended up fishless. The fish were in deeper water and the only fishable water in Sulfur Creek that day was back in 6 to 8ft of water. By the time we decided to move to a new spot we had run out of time as I got lost on the way back on the back country roads and killed another 30 mintues trying to figure out where I was going. I don't like that kind of pressure and will not do that again for a while. Well at least not until next Year. LOL I am going to learn more about this area (BIG SANDY) in the next few weeks and hopefully I can be better prepared for the next tournament down there. I just hope that Richard Williams gets his back healed up before then. I know it's giving him lots of trouble and I hate to hear that. He ran the last two fishing tournaemnts for Dave and I just hope that he continues doing that. It sure changed my life. I really do think the world of Richard and want to see him stick around and continue to work with Crappie USA and the Teezer Tournaments. They are such fun and they bring guys together from all across the country and that is a very good thing.



Touneyment fishing pays into the resourse through the fishing license and bait and tackle that is bought locally at each site. The money is used to help the fish and game in the state through various projects. Fish stocking is one that the states do. The local economy is also enhansed by the fishermen paying motels and resturants and other establishments while they are in the area. Ask the local merchants what they think of the touneyment, There isn't to many that don't want them to be held in their area. Guys that take the family along while the guy's fish the women shop.

David Waters
04-12-2005, 11:24 AM
I also had my rear end handed to me on a plate this year at grenada. I love tournament fishing. I love the competitiveness involved, but am quick to not get to much in that direction. I have fished both crappie and bass tournaments, and by far the crappie tournaments just have better people involved period. The people running Crappie USA tournaments are extremely nice. They could easily get frustrated talking to the new guys who do not know what is going on, but they don't. They were very helpful to us. Even the other competiters were nice. A top notch group of people at Crappie USA. I was impressed so much that my buddy and I decided to start a crappie organization here in the Muscle Shoals area. Crappie fisherman are just good folks, who like to help you out, but just don't quite tell you everything :)

I did bring home two 3 pound fish to be put on my wall, though. Just needed 7 of those deformed fish to win.

Crappie Chatt
04-12-2005, 12:26 PM
Fishers; I have been tourney fishing since 1989. First 5 years I paid & paid, then paid my dues. Would come close but, no checks. I have every excuse known to man why I didn't do better. Then, as I was at a sport show, attending a crappie seminar, I asked the speaker just what I needed to do. I said I could catch fish before the tourney with no problems but, tourney day,,,I SUCKED!!! He quized me and came to this. I was beating myself!!! I let the pressure of the tourney get to me. Run here, run there, run all over the place looking for the hot spots. Many times I left fish to find fish. Not a bad tactic when prefishin but death for tourney day. I now plan every move. Watch the weather and prefish accordingly. I want to have at least 5 spots that I can fish. I have put all my eggs in 1 spot before because of weather or simply not knowing any others. I try to fish the ways I like best because that's where my confidence lays. The more knowledge I have,,,the luckier I get! LOL. I run the roads back to the weigh-ins to see just how long it takes and get to know these routes.A lot of preparation before the tourney keeps your mind on fishing and not worring about others. I could go on & on but,,,the BEST thing about traveling around to all these tourneys,,,,you meet the NICEST people in the world and some have become the best of friends. Try your local tourneys first. Most are very affordable and on a lake you have confidence in. Remember this 'Fish the same way you like too'. Yes you'll get beat-up at times but it's better than trying something you have no skills in doing. If you like spider-rigging, do nothing else. Get real good at it before you go dipping trees and visa-versa. Look at how the past winners, won on that lake. Some are troller lakes, some are full of trees. I personally like dipping trees and probing brush-piles with long poles. I've tried spider-rigging and that is definally my weak spot. I have all the tools and had many of lessons from other trollers. My heart just isn't into mobile trot-lines but, I will do it! Hope this helps & checks are in the future! <*)}}}><

Tim The Lippa Rippa Mon
04-12-2005, 12:50 PM
Tim, you coming down to Mark Twain this weekend for CAST? If you do let me know how you did, I hope you are not plaqued with all the small fish that have been caught lately. Good luck to ya.

Man I hope not too, but I do plan to fill some freezer bags while I am there anyway. I've also got a secret strategy for that problem too Ted. It involves a topo map, prayer, a dart, and a blindfold... :D Hope that water temp comes up in the next few days for it though. You guys ought to come over & get in it too.

I'm getting down there early Thursday AM. Dedicating 2 days to prefish for this one. We will no be in the typical tournament fishing areas, I can tell you that. We just need 15 or so "right bites" on T day! I'll give you a call when I get back.

GABoy, come on up. Us Northerners is easy! Heh Heh! ;)

Moose, it would plain drive you nuts to fish as slow as we do during tournaments. Not much run & gun is even involved. Especially on waters like you are familiar with. Way too dangerous, and even more unproductive. Chatt summed that up well.

Full baskets to all!

<,"}/>{ Rippa

Moose1am
04-12-2005, 01:16 PM
My john boat is so slow that they would have all the crashed boats plucked out of the water and all the debris cleaned up before I made it to that point in the lake. LOL. I get there a dime short and a day late every time running that old fishermarine with just a 35 hp on it.

I have seen boats flip over while they were going over 100 mph on the Ohio River. It's not a very pretty sight. I have seen hydroplanes crash that were going over 200 mph and that was a serious accident.

Once while on the river at night for a fourth of july fireworks display I was almost run over by 100 other boats of all sizes who were in a big hurry to get back to the boat ramp at Angle Mounts just a few miles upriver from the Evansville, IN riverfront. I had my boat tossed around as if I were out in the ocean during a big storm. I had a 60ft cabin cruiser on my port side and a racing speed boat following by about 50 water ski or pleasure craft boats. Talk about waves coming at me from all directions and all I had was a 300,000 candle powered spot light to show me the way. It was about 10:30 PM on a warm July 4th Night and I will never take my boat out on the river at night durning that event again. Now I may just take the boat out and set up a tent across the river on the sandbar or bank and stay there all night and go back to the boat ramp the next day. I was never as scared of water as I was in my little boat that night. I was afraid that my boat would capsize and that the 50 boats behind me would run over me and my wife and step daughter. Talk about puttin on a life jacket real fast. My boat is 16ft long and 70 something inches across at the top so it's not that little but it was not nearly big enought that night.




There is no blast offs for since you can be on the water anytime you wish, just cant start before a certain time. One nice thing about CAST, CrappieMasters, and CrappieUSA tournaments. Our club tournaments are like bass tournament, everyone takes off at the same time. Quite a fun deal with boats going each direction. Especially when they head the same direction you are, makes you wonder if they are headed to the same spot.

There is a spot on Truman Lake, if anyone is familar with it. Lots of bass tournaments go out of Bucksaw ramp. As you head down the lake there is a very narrow gap that you can use a short cut if you know the spot. It will cut about 5-10 minutes of your run. What is funny is some boats will fast idle through the spot, others try to run full tilt. Some near crashs happen at this spot, and it happens almost the same time every saturday morning during the summer.

TAE73
04-12-2005, 01:17 PM
I would come up that way but I will be over at Truman cleaning the camper out and making sure no uninvited guest moved in during the winter. Hopefully nothing like your squirrel problem a few months back! And hope to maybe get a couple of hours of fishing in Saturday and Sunday. Looks like another good weekend of weather is instore! Good luck to ya!