For national crappie tournament winner and runner-up, weight of a nickel difference between tens of thousands of dollars

FARMERVILLE, La. — Less than a nickel’s weight made the difference between first and second place – and tens of thousands of dollars – at a recent fishing tournament in Louisiana.

Tony Hughes and Jeff Riddle, both of Hornbeak, Tenn., pulled in 35.94 pounds of fish at the American Crappie Trail ‘s national tournament at Lake D’Arbonne.

Daniel Porter of Campbell, Mo., and Jeremy Aldridge of Batesville, Miss., brought in 35.93 pounds of crappie.

The difference was one-hundredth of a pound, or 4-1/2 grams – about the weight of a nickel.

Hughes and Riddle won cash and prizes worth $50,750. Porter and Aldridge got $8,300. The tournament paid $137,000 in cash and prizes.

Union Parish and the Lincoln Parish city of Ruston hosted the tournament, which ended Saturday.

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