Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters heads to Lake Wateree April 11, 2009

January 7, 2009

CAMDEN, SC – January 7, 2009 – Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters holds a major one day national qualifier with a grass roots division on April 11, 2009 at Lake Wateree, Camden, SC.  Sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Mercury Marine, Minn-Kota, Hummingbird, Toyota and the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, anglers entered in the one day major tournament will compete for a guaranteed minimum of $10,000.00 cash plus prizes.  Grass root anglers will compete with each other for 70% of the grass roots entries. The Grass Roots division is for anglers who have never fished a Crappie Masters tournament in the last 5 years and would like to experience tournament fishing.  Grass Roots entries are 60.00 per team and they will fish against other grass root entries for 70% of the total purse. All rules apply for the grass roots division. Grass roots entries cannot qualify for the National Championship to be held in September at Grenada Lake, Grenada, MS.  The top 20 teams of each major one day and two day tournaments will qualify for the Grenada Lake National Championship. 

Seminar and late entry registration for Lake Wateree is April 10, 2009 at the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, 607 Broad St, Camden, SC., with registration at 5 pm and the seminar at 6:30 pm.  The tournament on Saturday will also hold the weigh-in at Clear Water Cove Marina, 2029 Baron Dekalb Rd., as angler’s fish from 7 am to 3:30 pm. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the weigh-in at Clear Water Cove Marina.

Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters Kid’s Rodeo is April 11, 2009 and free for children 15 and under.  Parents may bring their kids to fish for prizes and fun.  Registration is 8 am and activities are from 9 am to 11 am at Clear Water Cove.  Kids will need to bring their poles and bait.

The Lake Wateree tournament is followed by the Missouri State Championship at Lake of the Ozarks in Laurie, MO., on April 17-18.

Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters would like to thank local sponsors to include: Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center, The Crappie Hole, Quality Inn, Clear Water Cove Marina, Burdin Metal Works, Sam Kendall’s Restaurant, 521 Bait & Tackle, McDonalds, Comfort Inn, Seafood Hut, Lugoff Bait & Tackle, The Riverdeck Store & Grill, Wateree Dam Bait Store & Sub Shop, Smokin & Grillin Restaurant, and Beaver Creek Sports Bar.

Special thanks to our  National Sponsors that include: Bass Pro Shops, Mercury Motors, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Toyota, American Angler, RoadRunner by Blakemore, Proplite, Cajun Fryer, Vicious Fishing Line, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, Mr. Crappie Wally Marshall Signature Series Crappie Rods, Grizzly Jig Company, Tite Lok, Spike-It, Kodiak Scents, Slider,  Bobby Garland, Bugband, KeepAlive, Monster Crappie, Bryant’s Osage Outdoors, Grip N Check, DotLine Nets, AWD Baits, Porcupine Fish Attractor, Navionics, Coldstream Fisheries, Showdown Jigs, DriGrip Sunscreen, The Fishing Butler and Chumbob.

For more information, contact Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters at or call:  Paul Alpers, President 573-280-8020, Bobby Brown, Vice President 417-532-0244, Betty Rutledge, Administrative Assistant 660-723-1552.