Crappie Masters National Championship Returns to Grenada for 2019
The 2019 Crappie Masters National Championship will kick off next week at a familiar crappie powerhouse location: Grenada Lake in northern Mississippi. The festivities will begin on Wednesday, September 25 with a Sponsor Showcase held at the Mattox Event Center in Grenada, where fishermen will have the opportunity to meet, greet, and even purchase from the national sponsors who help make these tournaments possible. A seminar and welcoming banquet will be held that evening for registered entrants to the tournament, and tournament fishing hours will begin promptly at 7:00 AM on Friday, September 27.
As with all Crappie Masters events, the National Championship will allow two-man teams per boat, with up to eight poles per team. Fishing hours will be held from 7 AM to 3 PM on both Friday and Saturday, with anglers needing to report to the weigh-in line by 4:30 PM each day. Teams will bring their best seven-fish stringer to the scales each afternoon, hoping their combined two-day, 14-fish total weight will top the list come Saturday evening.
DC's Crappie Cake Recipe
Here at Destination Crappie, you'd be hard-pressed to find a seafood dish at least one of us won't try and enjoy, and when we stumble upon a restaurant, dive bar, beach-front food truck, or any other facility serving up crab cakes, you're probably going to have to physically restrain us to keep us from sending in our order. However, the truth is, and always will remain (at least until we find ourselves wealthy retirees spending our final days on our own private island - there's nothing wrong with dreams), that we are a freshwater family, and our freezers are loaded much more with panfish fillets than crustaceans.
That's why, at our house, although you aren't likely to locate many homemade crab cakes, we'll do you one better - and I'm not just saying that. These crappie cakes are a true Josh Gowan specialty. With the perfect flavor, texture, and overall mouthwatering experience, you'll find yourself saying "crab who?" and you won't have to break the bank to do so. Pair it with Mrs. Lyn's Homemade Rémoulade and you may never want to eat crappie any other way again.
True Fish Stories: The 4-pound 6-ounce Monster Illinois Crappie
How big is big? How large, how long, or how heavy does a crappie have to be to be considered a trophy? The answer is completely subjective, and depends on where you live, how often you get to fish, and the size of the fish you normally catch.
For many anglers, the three-pound mark is the magic number, and when Mike Zimmer caught a crappie just over three pounds on Kincaid Lake in Southern Illinois, he wanted to put it on the wall. His wife was firmly against it. “I already had a lot of mounts, so I didn’t put up much of an argument,” said Zimmer. “I’m glad I didn’t.”
The next week, March 15th to be exact, Zimmer was back on Kincaid fishing the same area as the week before. “It was cold that morning, 26 degrees, and being the middle of the week, there weren’t very many boats on the lake,” said Zimmer. “I was fishing big treetops on a shallow ledge, pitching a slip-cork 18 inches above a 1/32-ounce Kelly Green Grizzly Jig tipped with a minnow. I pulled up to the first tree and caught ten keepers immediately. The bite was so good I started culling out the smaller fish.