West Point - Mar 09 2013 

     The second tournament of the season was back on West Point.  Great weather let the anglers fish anywhere they wanted without worrying about wind, rain, and cold.  Water temps were not friendly and dropped on an average of almost 5 degrees over most of the lake and river from temps seen less than a week earlier.  Of course that changed a lot of the plans for most of the anglers fishing the prior weeks for the tournament.  53 degrees is just enough to tease a few big females up shallow enough to keep the anglers trying to figure out how shallow or deep the females and large males would move.  17 teams entered the tournament weighing in 76 crappie that averaged 1.16 lbs.  The average Big Fish weighed 1.91 lbs.  Now that the lake is close to full pool again, maybe it will stay so those big fish can spawn and keep that lake a crappie destination for years to come. 

     Congrats to T. Jones / D. Brown for working it all out to find the largest 7 crappie on tournament day.  They said they had to work hard to get the few bites they got.  They longline trolled a mix of plastics and some plastic/marabou jigs with minnows.  Browns and other dark colors were best.  Depths ranged from 8 - 18 feet of water with good fish coming from all up and down in the water column.  They fished a major creek on the South end of the lake.  They had a total of 10.45 lbs with a big fish of 1.78 lbs.


  • 2nd place was E. Jones / B. Gray with 9.98 lbs and a big fish of 1.59 lbs. 
  • 3rd place was P. Johnson / G. Hanson with 9.92 lbs. and a 2.00 lbs big fish. 
  • 4th place was D. Grantham / J. Manning with 9.62 lbs. 
  • 5th place was S. Bohannon / W. Bohannon with 8.72 lbs. 
  • Overall Big Fish of 2.10 lbs was weighed in by D. O'Neal / S. McRae. 
  • Top Youth team was M. Blount / B. Gazaway.

     Was really nice to see all the new anglers and another youth out competing too.  All the anglers from today's tournament are now qualified for the Classic later this year.  The weather is finally getting more like spring and we hope to see even more new anglers and youths at Oconee next week.

     Thank you to GA Boy/Girl Outdoors for all the hospitality.  See Chris Prescott for all your bait needs at West Point.  He also has a lot of knowledge about West Point and the surrounding area and some pretty darn good coffee!  Also, a big thank you to B'n'M, Jiffy Jigs, EZT Pole Perch, Crappie Town & Bobby Garland Baits, Ocmulgee Timber, and Five Star Automotive Group.

     Next stop is Lake Oconee on March 16, 2013.

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Click on Ocmulgee Timber for complete results below and check out the slide show of pictures from the tournament at the bottom of the page.