My fishing partner and I fished in a 1/2 day Coosa River Crappie Club tournament, on Neely Henry Lake in Gadsden, Al., this past Friday ( June 16 ).  We weighed in at the Hwy 77 - Rainbow Landing Park.  The weather was great, until the clouds gave way to the sun at about 9:30 am.  We started fishing at 6 am and we had our 7 fish limit by 7:30 am. We caught over 50 keeper crappie for the day by 11 am. Most were released to be caught again another day.  Everyone in the tournament caught fish.

The water temp was 82 degrees, and we caught our fish in 14' to 20' of water on minnows, spider rigging.  We also caught 9 or ten bass, a few stripe, and a catfish.  The skies were cloudy when we started and the air temp. was nice; but when the skies cleared the sun made it hot fast.  We loaded the boat and headed to the weigh-in at 11 am.

The winners were Gary and Barbara Kendrick - with a 7 fish limit that weighed over 9 lbs.
Second place went to Phil Trapp and Joe Hayes - with a limit that weighed over 8 lbs., and they also won BIG FISH with a 1.65 lb. crappie.  Congratulations to the winners.

The Coosa River Crappie Club in Alabama was started in 2008 and is still going strong with over 50 members. The club fishes 3 lakes in the spring - ( Weiss Lake, Neely Henry Lake, & Logan Martin Lake); and repeats again in the fall for a total of 6 regular tournaments. The club's Annual Classic is it's 7th tournament of the year.  Every member that fishes 4 of the regular 6 events; qualifies to fish in the Classic.  Membership is only $20 year and the entry fee for the 6 regular tournaments is $ 50 per team and includes a BIG FISH pot. One open tournament in late spring is also held on Guntersville.

Interested non-member teams or individuals can fish one tournament without paying a membership fee; but if they win money, their membership must be paid from winnings.  This is a way of allowing new potential members to fish with us and meet our members before becoming members. We have some very good crappie anglers in our club. We have male and female teams, youth and parent teams, as well as male teams.  We invite all interested crappie anglers to check our Facebook page.

Yes; it is hot outside, but the crappie are still biting well in early mornings, late afternoons, and at night.  If you find them you can catch them; and good electronics makes the job of finding much easier. Good electronics is a must, and well worth the price.

Weiss Lake, Neely Henry Lake, Logan Martin Lake, and Guntersville Lake are all within one hour of my house, and all are great lakes for Crappie, Bass, Catfish, and Stripe.  If Bream is your target, then Guntersville or farm ponds may be your best bet.  See Ya'll on the lake --- POP RIVERS


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