2012 Slab Masters

Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters

GA State Championship Series

February 4, 2012

Lake Talquin  -  Quincy, FL

     Slab Masters Tournament Trail as a Club Affiliate of Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters Tournament Trail held the 2nd tournament of the GA State Championship, a 3 lake series, on February 4, 2012, at Lake Talquin in Quincy, FL.  Lake sponsors were Ingram’s Marina, Lake Talquin.com Suzanne McGhee @ Mattox Realty, The Whip Waterfront Pub-n-Grub, Lake Talquin Lodge, Hampton Inn of Quincy, FL, Five Star Automotive Group, Jiffy Jigs, Hall’s Taxidermy, Jet Food Stores, Ugly Signs, EZ.T Pole Perch, Dairylane, A&R Jigs, Cape’s Trailers, Knight’s Wildlife Studio, and Moss Back Fish Attractor.

     The husband and wife team of Tommy & Christy Sellers took over the lead in the points race for the Championship by weighing in 13.87 lbs.  This impressive weight was made up of all male crappie too, with the largest of the 7 being 2.13 lbs!  Christy was also the top female angler of the tournament.  They started out long line trolling deeper water in the mouths of creeks, but by 9:30 decided to go to plan B.  They targeted the warmer water in the shallows, but it took team work to make it payoff.  Tommy said he controlled the boat and Christy went to work on getting those big spawning males into the live well from the back of the boat.  She caught over 75 fish exceeding 1.50 lbs. during the day while they slow trolled corks and jigs tipped with minnows through the shallow water which was 4-5 feet deep.   Her smile at the weigh-in told the tale of how much fun she had catching all those slabs!  He said his 36 volt Minn Kota Terrova made controlling his Ranger in the strong wind a lot easier and allowed them to stay quite in the shallow water.   Their team work earned them $1,475 and the lead in the points going into the final tournament of the series.

     Second place was the team of Charles Wood and Alan McGinnis which were only .10 lbs behind the leaders with 13.77 lbs.  Their big fish was second big fish of the day at 2.21 lbs.  They also caught mostly males but did have three females in their 7 weigh-in limit.  They fished the same pattern as the 1st place team and said the two teams worked around each other most of the day.  Charles and Alan worked 3-7 feet of water and said the bite got better as the water warmed more during the day.  They caught 30+ fish over 1.50 lbs. by using either a chartreuse jig head with a minnow or a HalFly jig in orange/green/orange with a minnow and all were under corks.  They fished 6 rods out of the front and two out of the back to work against the wind better.  They earned $735 for 2nd place and some very important points in the race for the Championship bringing them up to 6th place overall.

     Danny Cannon & Gerald Manning took 3rd place and were only .07 lbs behind 2nd place and .17 lbs. out of 1st with 13.70 lbs., but they did manage to catch the big fish of the tournament at 2.42 lbs.  They caught 30+ fish by long line trolling up the lake away from the majority of the crowds.  Danny said they went up the lake to try for females they thought may be moving up.  The better colors of the day for them were blue/black/chartreuse and blue/silver/chartreuse from Lake Talquin Lodge.  They covered a lot of water and picked up fish scattered over deeper water and had their weigh-in fish by 11:00 AM.  They earned $350 and also $160 for Big Fish.

     Lamar Young and Justin Churchwell took 4th place with a weight of 12.67 lbs. and moved into 3rd place in the Championship points.

     Fifth place was Jared Leverett and Colorado Rockies 1st baseman Chad Tracy with 10.95 lbs.

     Slab Masters would like to thank local sponsors that include:  Ingram’s Marina, Lake Talquin.com Suzanne McGhee @ Mattox Realty, The Whip Waterfront Pub-n-Grub, Lake Talquin Lodge, Hampton Inn of Quincy, FL, Five Star Automotive Group, Jiffy Jigs, Hall’s Taxidermy, Jet Food Stores, Ugly Signs, EZ.T Pole Perch, Dairylane, A&R Jigs, Cape’s Trailers, and Knight’s Wildlife Studio.  Slab Masters would also like to thank Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters and all the national sponsors.