Semi-Pro Champs In Crappie Tourney Disqualified

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Ryan Rohl (l.) of Birdseye and Doug Laake (r.) of Ferdinand, finished fourth in the semi-pro division of the Crappie USA tournament last weekend at Patoka Lake. An unidentified Crappie USA official is shown presenting them with their “check.”

PATOKA LAKE (NNDC) – The winning two-person team in the semi-pro division of the Crappie USA National Fishing Tournament last weekend at Patoka Lake was disqualified after failing a polygraph test following the competition. The tests have been given routinely since the early 1980s and few competitors have failed the test. The names of the two fishermen who failed were not released, but a Crappie USA official said he believed they were from Indiana.

Because of the disqualification, the runner-up team of Kyle Schoenherr of Oakdale, Illinois, and Rodney Neuhaus of Ashley, Illinois, was moved upward and declared champions. Their winning weight total for two days of fishing was 13.39 pounds.

A local team of Ryan Rohl of Birdseye and Doug Laake of Ferdinand moved up from fifth to fourth place with a total of 8.61 pounds. The team of Doug Laake of Ferdinand and Ryan Rohl of Birdseye finished 24th among the 60 teams that competed in the semi-pro division. Laake and Rohl finished first in the semi-pro big fish competition.

Two local teams competed in the amateur division. Daniel Reckelhoff of Huntingburg and Ed Ploetner of Huntingburg finished 33rd among the 81 amateur teams, Kent and Anita Besaw of Jasper finished 39th. The Besaws also finished 46th and Reckelhoff and Ploetner 58th in the amateur big fish competition.


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