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Percy Priest report

Priest is fishing well as of late. The crappie are back on Brushpiles and willing to eat again. BnM double minnow rigs have been producing limits of good fish.

The bass are holding mid depth, early and late have been the better times. Mid depth crankbaits and soft plastics have been key.

The night time hybrid and striper bite is getting fired up and is expected to continue through July.

Catfishing has been slow due to the spawn but the channels have been biting well. Flatheads and blues are the shallows but will be slow to bite until then spawn ends.

Catfish National Championships change ownership.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAY 14TH 2019

Fishlife and winter blues on wheeler management take over the catfish national championship

Catfish national championship changes management

Rogersville, AL, May 14, 2018– We, at both FIshlife and Winter Blues on Wheeler, are very excited to announce that we have now own the Catfish National championship. We plan to grow this event into a 150+ boat event that will be the centerpiece of the catfish tournament season.

“We are bringing the National championship back to the house of the hogs, Wheeler lake, Al. The event will be in April of 2019”

Our host city will be our longtime partner, Rogersville, Al.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jody Harrison at 205-243-4572 or email at Jody.harrison@fishlife.com.

Winter Blues on Wheeler and SeaArk strike a deal for headline sponsor

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

24 April, 2018

SEAARK boats signed on as the title sponsor for Winter Blues on Wheeler 2019

SEAARK Boats, a Correct Craft Company, share one goal; to build the toughest boat on the market.

Decatur, AL , April 28, 2019– SEAARK boats and Winter Blues on Wheeler are proud to announce that SEAARK has signed on as the title sponsor for the 2019 Winter Blues on Wheeler event. The event, which draws 150+ professional catfish anglers from all over North America, will be held at Ingalls Harbor in Decatur, AL. on January 5th, 2019.

“Bringing SEAARK on as the title sponsor is an exciting move that takes professional catfishing to the proverbial next level.”

In order to grow the sport we needed a sponsor who loves the industry as much as us and SEAARK is, in our opinion, the perfect partner to do just that.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jody Harrison at 205-243-4572 or email at Jody.harrison@fishlife.net.

Ross Barnett Championship Saturday with the American Crappie Trail.

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Day two started an hour before the sun broke the horizon here in Ridgeland, MS. It appeared at first that the wind was going to give the anglers a reprieve but, by day break the wind was blowing and the boats hulls were talking as they tried to get on plane. Even with rain and more wind in the forecast this afternoon the excitement and enthusiasm in the air was remarkable.

Even today the entire top ten can change in just 7 fish. That’s the beauty of crappie fishing, it can be a comeback story sport. All it takes is one stump, one school of fish, and as always just a little luck.

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Capps and Coleman, in the Super Clean boat, are the leaders but went into day two cautiously optimistic. The wind was not blowing in their favor today, as it was yesterday. The second place team of Whitey and Matt outlaw, in the General tire boat, were also optimistic but keeping an eye to wind direction as well. The rest of the field was optimistic and positive, especially after seeing what Ross Barnett has to offer, as far as the size of fish go. This lake has truly shown out this weekend and the weigh in should be fantastic.

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They say when the weigh in lines closes the fun starts and today it sure did. Team after team brought in 13+ pound bags. The wind may have blown but these guys adapted and overcame. Everything was rolling along great and then… right before the top ten teams weighed in a local lady had her water break and the fire trucks and ambulances showed up. Not to be put out tournament director Matt Morgan stopped weigh in, moved boats, and then restarted the weigh in. Once gain proving this trail is top notch and run by professionals.

Once the scales were shut down the winners lined up to be paid, and what a payout it was:  First-place team of Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman, in the Super clean boat, took home $28,100 in cash and Prizes. The second-place General Tire team of Whitey Outlaw and Matthew Outlaw took home $7,800. The field was paid down to 16th place at 850 dollars.  This type of payout in crappie fishing has been unheard of until now. The American Crappie Trail will continue its growth for many years to come.

Ross Barnett day one with the American Crappie Trail

 

DSC_1206Day one boat check came early at Ross Barnett. The wind was already blowing at 5 am and we could hear the hull slap of the boats as they launched toward destinations only known to them. The air had just enough bite to remind us all that spring didn’t quite have control just yet.

Even the cold and wind could not stifle the feelings of excitement as the anglers began lining up for boat check before the sun even broke on the horizon. Smiling faces and positive attitudes were everywhere. I must note that the boat check process here is as seamless as I have ever witnessed.

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Ten of the teams were set up with Go pro camera and Microphones while going through the line. Seeing the looks from some of the anglers, when they found out that they are getting TV time, is priceless. Especially when they are not in a wrapped boat or don’t have a plethora of sponsors. Everyone who fishes has equal opportunity to be the next superstar at ACT events.

As every boat passed by I heard the same thing over and over. “Be safe today guys” was the mantra that the entire staff recited over and over. I heard Matt Morgan tell a team that there was not a crappie in the lake worth them getting hurt. One thing was for sure, and that was the anglers who could persevere through the wind would be rewarded big time.

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Day one weigh in can only be described as electrified. We were told Ross Barnett would produce and we were not let down. Any day you get numb to seeing 2-pound crappie is a wonderful day. The first team to weigh in was the General Tire boat and did they ever set the bar high. Team Outlaw and Outlaw brought in a whopping 13.32 pounds to the scale. That weight held until almost the end of weigh in. The Super Clean boat of Capps and Coleman dropped 14.30 pounds on the scale. What a day it turned out to be.

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The weigh in process was as smooth as silk. The fish were the number one concern and it was obvious. The anglers made it through in a little over 2 hours. Not to bad for an 80 team weigh in. Every team was on stage and got the chance to thank their sponsors, not just the ACT sponsors.

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Ross Barnett showed us a couple key things today. First was her strength when coupled with the wind. Second and most important was her quality. The fish were big, healthy, and beautiful crappie.

Ross Barnett pre tournament banquet with the American Crappie Trail

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4/19/18 Ridgeland MS- Tonight we attended the seminar and Banquet to kick off the second American Crappie Trail event, sponsored by Protect the harvest, at Ross Barnett reservoir. The event venue was ‘The place at Harbor Crossing”. A perfect venue for an event such at this. The CVB from Ridgeland was there to meet all the anglers and hand out information about the area.

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As the anglers filtered in the one thing that became evident was the shift in crappie fishing. These guys were in jerseys, rather than the stereotypical straw hats and rubber boots. The Television production crew was doing interviews and getting footage for American Crappie Trail TV. The transition in crappie fishing, from a pastime to a legitimate angling sport, is becoming evident at these events. You can see the change in the behavior of the anglers as well. They are getting comfortable with cameras and TV production, so much that they are beginning to show their personalities on camera. All we can say is what a great metamorphosis to witness.

The boat count ended up being 80 teams from across the United States. A nice increase from the first event, but growth that we expected to see. This tournament trail is setting the bar very high for themselves and the anglers alike.

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Throughout the evening you could see old friendships renewed and new ones formed. It appeared that the anglers were standing together for the improvement of the sport.

Matt Morgan, ACT tournament director, covered the rules and took time to recognize the effort these anglers have put in to help grow the sport.

As the evening wrapped up and the anglers shuffled outside. the topic of discussion was the wind and its potential impact to not only fishing but safety as well. We shall see what happens in the morning here at Ross Barnett.

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