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04-13-2008, 06:17 AM
World Record Crappie Catch
courtesy of: The Lake County Banner

The three- time national crappie fishing champion team of Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman caught what many believe to be a world’s record stringer of ten crappie in the Grenada (Mississippi) Mega-bucks event last weekend.

They had two crappie that weighed over three pounds.

Their remarkable catch of ten crappie weighed 25.83 pounds on a day when slab crappie of storybook size were the rule and not the exception.

Capps is a officer for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Coleman is an officer at Northwest Corrections Complex in Tiptonville.

They are both Reelfoot Lake natives.

They just outdistanced the second place team of Tracy McIntosh and John Woods (of Dyersburg, Tennessee) who weighed in ten crappie for a total of 24.59.

And Capps and Coleman’s big crappie of 3.18 pounds did not even win the big fish category.

The big crappie in the tourney weighed an amazing 3.43 pounds.

Capps said conditions were near perfect at Grenada and that even he and his partner Coleman were surprised by the size of their catch.

In fact, their next best stringer of fish in the dozens of tournaments they have entered weighed just over 19 pounds.

“I’ve only caught one three pounder in my life before this,” said Capps Tuesday.

“The water level was just right and those fish had run up those creeks and rivers and a fast fall just pulled them right out of the brush and trees.

“They were going to spawn and the fall put them in small, deep holes.

“It was almost against the law the way they were biting. It was a fun day to be there.

“It was a special day. We caught about 20 head in one hole. We were throwing pound and three-quarter fish back.

“We finished with one male and nine females.

“We were not even getting the (dip) net for two-pounders.

“A 19.6 stringer might have been the best before last Saturday.”

They plan to have the record-setting ten crappie mounted.

Wilkerson Taxedermy of Dyersburg will mount them.

“They will probably be displayed at Boyette’s (Resort, owned by his mom, Judy Capps).

The husband and wife team of Jim and Brenda Reedy, who frequently fish at Reelfoot, finished third with 23.89 pounds.

Capps and Coleman used single jigs tipped with minnows on six pound test in 12 feet of water.


04-13-2008, 10:25 AM
Wow,now that is a stringer of fish!

04-13-2008, 11:03 AM
That is amazing!!!! What a day. If you ever see me throwing 1 3/4# fish back I have passed, because I'm in heaven.

04-13-2008, 12:02 PM
That happened SEVERAL years ago. Back when you weighed in 10 fish at crappie tournaments. It was immpressive to say the least!

04-13-2008, 03:59 PM
Wow, I would say that is nice big stringer, nice dinner too.

04-13-2008, 04:06 PM
Geesh.....thats darn near as big as I usually catch 'em....:D

04-13-2008, 05:55 PM
Them boys from Tennessee sure know how to catch them crappie!

04-13-2008, 06:06 PM
Them fellers knows where the hogs live at huh :D