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.
Per Crappie Masters and Grenada Lake rules respectively, the National Championship will allow two-man teams per boat, with up to three poles per person. 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.
Grenada Lake continually churns out some of the largest crappie weights in the country, making any tournament held on its waters an exciting one to watch. Crappie Masters previously visited Grenada Lake this year for a March tournament in which winners Paul and Elizabeth Turner won with a two-day weight of 33.24 pounds. The last time a national championship was hosted at Grenada was in the fall of 2016, when the B’n’M team of Matt Morgan and Kent Watson took home the victory with a weight of 26.33 pounds. Before that, a 27.83 pound stringer won the championship for Tommy Skarlis and Kyle Steinfeldt back in 2013.
With fluctuating water levels throughout the past year and reliably abundant populations of slab crappie, the 2019 Championship on Grenada Lake promises to be another exhilarating finish. Fans and spectators are welcome to join in on the excitement as the newest National Champion is crowned. The weigh-in will be held at Grenada Landing both days and is open to the public.
Other events include a Media and Youth Scholarship Fish Off in which, partnering with some of the top crappie teams in the nation, six young anglers will compete to win two $1000 college scholarships, and an Awards Banquet following the completion of the tournament. For more information on dates, times, and locations for tournament events, click here.