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Carlile And Nichols Close Deal And Claim Crappie Masters National Championship PDF Print

With a 145 boat field, perfect weather, and the best Crappie Anglers in the world, something was going to give, and at the Crappie Masters sponsored by The Renewable Fuels Association “Ethanol Fueled With Pride”, American Ethanol, and Bass Pro Shops National Championship September 27th and 28th on Grenada Lake in Grenada, Mississippi, it was the huge Crappie that inhabit the waters. With nearly spring like weights, the cream rose to the top and was filled with some of the top teams of the 2019 season topped by the Oklahoma team of Robert Carlile, and Craig Nichols who already had three victories during the season added a fourth and the biggest of all, the Crappie Masters National Championship with a two-day incredible fourteen fish weight of 31.97 pounds with a 2.85 pound kicker, out lasted day one leaders Richard Bowling and Garry Lee, and the Crappie Masters Angler Team of the Year of Matthew and Bruce Rogers to claim the $25,000 top prize.

Rogers Rolls To One Pole Victory And Claims Crappie Masters Angler Team Of The Year PDF Print

In what could be called one of the best runs in years in tournament fishing, Matthew and father Bruce Rogers put a stamp on it by winning the Crappie Masters sponsored by The Renewable Fuels Association “Ethanol Fueled With Pride”, American Ethanol, and Bass Pro Shops Truman Lake National Qualifier and One Pole Ultimate Challenge hosted by Clinton Tourism and sponsored by Midsouth Tackle Company Friday, August 30th and 31st. The Rogers knew coming into the tournament that a win would basically guarantee they would be the Crappie Masters Angler Team of the Year and they delivered with a nearly 2 pound advantage over the field weighing in 14 fish for the tournament that topped the scale at 22.83 pounds with a 2.09 pound kicker fish. This has nearly completed a dream season as Matthew in a 12 month span has claimed a Crappie Masters National Championship, Missouri State Championship, One Pole Ultimate Challenge Championship, and the 2019 Crappie Masters Angler Team of the Year solidifying he is a force on the tournament trail to be reckoned with. However it was just about lost after a rocky start literally on Crappie Masters Championship Saturday as the Rogers had a boat malfunction and ended up on shore rocks. Fortunately everyone was alright and with the help of Kevin and Clint Pipes the team was able to fish and took advantage being the only team to break 11 pounds both tournament days. Matthew and Bruce caught most fish primarily on custom hair Jigs fishing 8 to 18 feet deep, catching their bigger fish at a 10 to 12 foot depth. Matthew had found the fish two weeks earlier and left them alone until tournament days, which proved to be a smart idea. Of course Matthew credited his electronics, Minn Kota Trolling Motor, and Mercury Motor along with not over reacting to detrimental situations and stay the course. The team took home $6,000.00 for the win plus the $500.00 Missouri Corn Merchandising Council E10 bonus for using E10 fuel, and the $100.00 Jenko Fishing bonus for using their products. Matthew and Bruce Rogers are sponsored by Outlaw Rods, Garmin, Anglers Port Marine, and MR Baits.

Truman Lake, Clinton, Missouri, August 17, 2019 PDF Print


What has become a common theme when they fish is the fact that Matthew and Bruce Rogers will finish somewhere in the top 3 and they accomplished that once again landed in the runner up spot adding $2,500.00 to their bank account for second place and an additional $500.00 from the benefit tournament pool. The Rogers single poled minnows in 12 foot of water targeting fish near willows and hardwoods 8 feet deep. Matthew said that they also relied heavily on their electronics, and Minn Kota Trolling Motor to stay on and find those better fish, which weighed in at 10.39 pounds. The team was also able to celebrate a victory in the Missouri State Championship race based on their 3 Missouri tournament performances. Matthew and Bruce Rogers are sponsored by Outlaw Rods, Garmin Electronics, and Anglers Port Marine.

The third place position was occupied by the team of Matt Beckman and Jeff Lewis who were the only other team to break 10 pounds weighing in 10.22 pounds on a 7 fish limit collecting $1,500.00 for their effort along with an additional $558.00 for their 1.73 pound kicker fish that wound up as the 2nd big fish of the tournament. Beckman and Lewis single poled Jenko Fishing Kevin Rogers Signature Series rods, using minnows, in 12 to 15 feet of water catching fish about 8 foot in the morning and near bottom in the afternoon. Beckman said he felt the key to their finish was doing something different than other competitors by focusing solely on timber. They also praised their Mercury Motor, Humminbird Electronics, and Minn Kota Trolling Motor for their success. Matt Beckman and Jeff Lewis are sponsored by Jenko Fishing, Bobby Garland Baits, Honey Hole Outdoors, and Midwest Marine.

The Alabama team of Eric Cagle and Wade McDonald had another good finish to keep them in the Angler Team of the Year race with one event to go. Bringing 9.91 pounds of fish to the scale good for a fourth place finish and a check for $1,300.00. The team also participated in the Police Officer Benefit Tournament and won $350.00 from that.

Another possible AOY team, Frank Haidusek and Mark McClure rounded out the top 5, weighing 9.83 pounds of fish and taking home $1,100.00 plus $200.00 from the benefit tournament winnings. Haidusek and McClure also finished Second in the Missouri State Championship race.  

Top Male/Female team honors went to the Green Machine team of Jackie and Holly Linton who walked away with a Humminbird Helix 5.

The top placing Adult/Youth Team was the father and son team of Larry and Dalton Gorham who will enjoy the $100.00 Everharts Outdoor Store gift card they won.

The Missouri State Championship Top 3 were:
1. Matthew and Bruce Rogers
2. Frank Haidusek and Mark McClure 
3. Mark and Aaron Engelhart

The Jenko Fish Off Challenge wrapped up Saturday and winning the prize package of a Humminbird Helix 10 and $200.00 in Jenko Products went to the team of Frank Haidusek and Mark McClure. They will now move on to compete against select Jenko Fishing teams at the upcoming Crappie Masters National Championship in September.

Special thanks to local sponsors that include: Clinton Chamber of Commerce, Hampton Inn, Westbridge Inn and Suites, Bucksaw Resort & Marina, Everharts Outdoor Store, Hawthorn Bank, Benson Center, The Wood Shed, Puddle Jumper's, Walmart, Slugger's 66, Dietz Family Buffet, Mallards Roadhouse, El Camino Real, and Tightwad Bait & Tackle.

Special thanks to our National Sponsors that include: Renewable Fuels Association, American Ethanol, Bass Pro Shops, Missouri Corn Growers Association, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Ozark Rods, Mercury Motors, Power-Pole, Millennium Marine, Muddy Water Baits, Jenko Fishing, Wyld Gear Coolers, Everharts Outdoor Store, HH Rods and Reels, Off Shore Tackle, Navionics, B’n’M Poles, Bobby Garland Crappie Baits, Midsouth Tackle, American Angler, Crappieholic, Frontier Metal, Valley Fashions, Crappie Now, Slider, Lake Fork Trophy Lures, The Original Rod Sox, Marine Metal Products, Timmy Tom’s Jig Company,, Ardent, Fish-D-Funk, Skipper’s Jigs, Foxy Fishing Gear, ProBuilt Jigs, Sure Life, Pautzke Bait Company, Mossback Fish Habitat, Freaky Frank’s Custom Tackle, Fish N Tools, Quickfire, Monster Crappie Media and Huffman Publishing, and KMMO Brad & Brian in the Outdoors.

Carlile And Nichols Single Pole Their Way To A Hat Trick On Mark Twain PDF Print

It was beautiful summer weather and an elite field at the Crappie Masters sponsored by The Renewable Fuels Association “Ethanol Fueled With Pride”, American Ethanol, and Bass Pro Shops Mark Twain Lake National Qualifier and Second Leg of the Missouri State Championship August 3rd, and hosted by the Missouri Corn Growers Association at Chigger Hill Bait and Tackle.  

With the end of the season near, and very tight Angler Team of the Year and HH Rods and Reels Rookie Team of the Year races coming down to the wire over 140 of the nations best and elite Anglers made their way to Mark Twain Lake in Missouri to try and find the elusive bigger fish that inhabit the waters. Normally a one-pound average would be looked at as a successful day, however the best anglers in the country proved that a one-pound average was good for 21st place. Oklahoma’s Robert Carlile and Craig Nichols who stunned the large crowd with a seven fish limit topping the scales at 9.78 pounds that included the second big fish of the tournament, a 1.74 pound kicker that was good for an additional $432.00 on top of the $4,400.00 for the teams third victory of 2019. Being the team’s first trip to Mark Twain Lake Robert stated he fished every arm and cove on the lake in practice generally averaging around a pound per fish, but as happens at times, Championship Saturday brought out the bigger fish with a minor adjustment, fishing shallower in the water column single poling lime green and chartreuse Jigs and minnows in 6 to 9 foot of water targeting bigger fish 4 to 5 feet deep. Using their Minn Kota Trolling Motor and Electronics they fished a stretch that held those bigger fish most of the day. Carlile and Nichols run a Mercury powered Bass Cat boat. Along with the winning and second big fish money the team also took advantage of the $250.00 Missouri Corn Growers Association/American Ethanol bonus, and the $100.00 Jenko Fishing bonus for using Jenko Fishing products. Robert Carlile and Craig Nichols are sponsored by Lowrance, Bonehead Tackle, Big Bite Baits, Power Crappie, and Huckabee Rods.

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