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Jeff Riddle and David Maddux Take Their First Win on Beaver Lake


Anglers from seven different states took to the clear waters of Beaver Lake for a one day national qualifier on Saturday, April 25. Pre fishing conditions were reported as tough during the week with high winds and temperature swings complicating the already difficult puzzle. A pattern was established as the week went along and Beaver Lake posted some impressive numbers.

Jeff Riddle and David Maddux, sponsored by Johnson Fishing, weighed in an impressive seven fish stringer totaling 9.62 pounds for their first Crappie Masters victory. Riddle and Maddux established a pattern during the week which held up on tournament day that included catching the winning weight in 20-30 foot of water just off the bottom. Their secret to success was trolling with lemon/white Johnson Shad Tails on low pound clear Stren Line while using a Humminbird graph with 360 imaging. The team fished from a Ranger Boat with a Minn Kota Trolling Motor and used 16’ BnM BGJP poles. Riddle and Maddux took home $2650.00 which included a $250.00 bonus, donated by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol, for using E10 gasoline in their boat motor. Their sponsors include Johnson Fishing, Stren, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Tite-Lok, and Slabber Dave’s Sporting Goods.

Second place went to locals Phillip Harp and Anthony Moten with 9.55 pounds. The team fished in 9’ waters and caught  their crappie just off the bottom while spider rigging with double minnow rigs from their Tracker boat equipped with a Mercury Motor, Humminbird Electronics, and a Minn Kota Trolling Motor. Harp and Moten earned a check for $1200.00.

Finishing out the top three was another local team, Marvin Walker and Johnny Cross, with 9.51pounds. Walker and Cross caught their crappie in 20-25 foot of water, 15 foot deep, spider rigging with BnM Poles with jigs and crank baits. The team is sponsored by Arkie Lures and received a check for $700.00.

Top finishing Male/Female Team went to Donald and Teresa Hawkins with 6.60 pounds. They took home a $100.00 Bass Pro Shops gift card.

Big Fish of the tournament was caught by the team of Kent Keith and Bob Bethell. The1.79 pound crappie earned them $364.00.

For full tournament results click here

Special thanks to local sponsors that include: Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce, Crain Buick-GMC of Springdale, Bear's Place Bar & Grill, and Hickory Creek Marina Fish and Ski Center.

Special thanks to our National Sponsors that include: Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Boats, Nitro Boats, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Mercury Motors, Missouri Corn Growers Association, American Ethanol, Ozark Rods, Martin Metal, Johnson Fishing, Road Runner by Blakemore, Power-Pole, Tite-lok Rod Holders, Bobby Garland Crappie Baits, Rockport Rattler, Midsouth Tackle, Grizzly Jig Company, Spike-It, Stren, Lake Fork Trophy Lures, The Original Rod Sox, B’n’M Poles, Slider, Crappie Now, Bug Band, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, KeepAlive, Wild River, Crappieholic, Valley Fashions, Ziptailz, Off Shore Tackle, Navionics, Zeko Shoes, Southern Tackleworks, Fizards, Silent Stalker, Rod Safe, Timbuktu Outdoors, Gator Guards, Hook Line & Threader, Skinzit, Crazy Angler, Stump Jumper Series, Rig Rap, American Angler, Fish Balls, Monster Crappie Media and Huffman Publishing, and KMMO Brad & Brian in the Outdoors. 

Next on the Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail will be a two-day national qualifier and Tennessee State Championship, sponsored by Stren, May 1, 2, 2015 on Kentucky Lake, Paris, TN.