After an exciting 2022 season on the Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail, it’s time to set our focus on 2023 and the new tournament season that comes along with it.
This year’s first National Qualifier kicks off this weekend in Deland, Florida, as some of the top anglers in the country will battle it out on the St. Johns River for the first win of the season and the $10,000 check that comes with it.
History on the St. Johns River
Last year’s stop in Deland was a cold and rainy one, but it produced one of the best crappie tournament stories of the year, as the local team of Randal Stormant and Bobby Robinson led from start to finish while fishing from a Jon Boat with no electronics. They had a two-day weight of 28.94 lbs.
The 2021 Crappie Masters stop on the St. Johns River saw the team of Robert and Tommy Sellers get the victory with a two-day weight of 29.16 lbs.
What To Expect on the St. Johns River
A strong field of anglers will hit the water on the St. Johns River this weekend, including the top 3 finishers from last year’s event. In addition to Stormant and Robinson, the 2nd-place finishers, Eric and Leann Howard, will be competing. Also on the entry list for this year’s tournament are the 2022 3rd-place team of Allen Bates and Lynn Penley.
It’s sure to be another exciting weekend of fishing and weigh-ins down in Florida, with the weather forecast looking quite favorable, as we have an expected high of 76 degrees on Friday and an expected high of 67 degrees on Saturday.
If you’re not able to attend the weigh-ins this weekend in Deland, make sure you tune in to the Crappie Masters Facebook page for our live stream of all the tournament action happening on the St. Johns River.
The Crappie Masters tournament weigh-in will be held at the Ed Stone Park Boat Ramp, located at 2990 W State Rd 44, Deland, FL 32724.