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4 Pound Crappie From Alabama River
Ronnie Bleas was pre-fishing for a tournament when he caught the giant slab.
By Brad Gill
Posted Wednesday August 29 2018, 9:05 AM
Ronnie Bleas caught this slab crappie on the Alabama River. It weighed right at 4 pounds when he caught, but after two days on ice, it weighed 3-lbs., 12-ozs.
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Catching a genuine fish of a lifetime probably keeps a good many of us up at night. Ronnie Bleas, of Ohatchee, can sleep well since he’s been there, done that.

Ronnie was pre-fishing for a Crappie Masters tournament in the Autauga County portion of the Alabama River when he caught a slab crappie that weighed 4.01 pounds. Two days later when he got home, he pulled the fish out of an ice chest, and it weighed 3-lbs., 12-ozs.

"Early on the morning of April 28, I was fishing man-made stake beds in 10 feet of water just off the main river channel in an eddy," said Ronnie. "This particular stake bed I fished for 20 minutes that morning. I caught around 10 fish no bigger than 9 inches, so I decided I would move and check another stake bed.

Ronnie caught the trophy crappie on a Skipper’s Jigs Toad Thumper jig head with a Mr. Crappie Joker in black/chartreuse that was tipped with a minnow. He was using 14-foot Vexan crappie rods.

There was a husband/wife duo on the river that were able to weigh the fish after he caught it, and that’s were the 4.01-lb. weight came.
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