The Crappie Angler Sportsman Tour will descend upon Oologah Lake Friday and Saturday.

Anglers from across the Midwest will shove off at 6:30 a.m. Friday from Hawthorne Boat Ramp for the first of the two-day CAST Classic, featuring some $40,000 in payouts.

Weigh-ins on Friday and Saturday will take place between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Will Rogers Rodeo Grounds on East Blue Starr Drive.

Take-offs and weigh-ins are open to the public.

Last year, Bobby Goforth of Conroe, Texas, and Max Graham of Montgomery, Texas, won the Classic on Oologah in May. They were crowned CAST national champions after pulling in a two-day total of 33.64 pounds.

The first-place finish earned them a fully rigged Polar Kraft Boat. Additionally, the team’s 2.59-pound crappie from day 2 held the top weight for the Garmin Big Crappie Award worth $1,000 to put their total winnings at over $20,000.

The top Oklahoma finishers in the 2005 Classic were George Foster of Broken Arrow and Larry Johnson of Coweta. They placed fifth with a two-day catch of 23.60.

A pair of Claremore anglers, Craig Nichols and Tom Hensley, finished seventh. Their first-day catch weighed in at 12.24, and they followed that with a 9.19 haul for a two-day total of 21.43.

The husband-wife team of Danny and Becky Miller of Claremore finished 16th overall with a weight of 16.60 pounds to win the top Male-Female Award.

The 2005 field attracted 166 anglers from 19 states.

On Friday and Saturday, boat checks begin at 5 a.m., and all boats must be in the water and ready to go by 6:20. The take-offs follow at 6:30 a.m.

The Crappie Angler Sportsman Tour Inc. administers events throughout the midwest and southeast as a leading marketer of crappie fishing tournaments.