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The Crappie Fishing All American Trail Tournament has begun

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ROSS BARNETT RESERVOIR, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The American Crappie Trail is a big tournament with a big payoff for enthusiastic fishermen and a qualifier for the fishing tournament is underway right now on the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

Friday was the first day of the Crappie Fishing American Tournament Trail and the anglers were up bright and early this morning.

"I probably got out here about 6," said one participant.

He was one of over 80 anglers who participated in the tournament Friday. 

"278, another big fish leader right there," said the MC. 

Bass tournaments have always been the COOL tournament. But today's event shows that Crappie fishing is being taken to a whole new level. 

"People don't think crappie fisherman will spend money. Crappie fisherman will spend just as much money for a boat or a depth finder," said Morris King.

King isn't participating in the tournament. But he is the go-to guy when it comes to fishing and the tournament. 

Because many of the anglers haven't fished the reservoir they had four days of official practice. 

"It's not like going out there and dropping your pole in the water and catching a fish," added King. "You gotta know where to fish. You gotta know where to go, what to do and how they're biting." 

So why would anglers from all over the country come to Mississippi to fish? Well, there are two reasons. The first is the lake itself.

"There is great fishing in the reservoir. And it's been under fished,"  said Mina Thourgeson, Director of the Ridgeland Tourism Commission.

The second draw, the prizes. The first place winner walks away with a $25,000 fishing boat. 

"Gonna get my something back in the water and we'll see you guys in the morning," said one tournament official, wrapping up the day.

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