The first One Pole Ultimate Challenge of the season took place on Friday and Saturday, May 8,9, in Columbus, MS on the Tennessee Tombigbee. This tournament not only set the stage for the Angler Team of the Year points race, but also challenges anglers by only being able to use one pole and artificial bait only. Anglers from ten different states battled current, stained water, and fluctuating water levels all week before putting patterns together to show off this incredible fisheries potential.
Ray Looney and Will Evans, both from Columbus, MS, weighed in the tournament's top stringer on day two of 10.08 pounds to jump from fifth place to first place to win the Midsouth Tackle One Pole Ultimate Challenge with a two day total of 19.04 pounds. The home town team concentrated on 14-17 foot of water, finding lay down trees along the deepest channel ledges in the river, catching their crappie 12' deep with a combination of Midsouth and Bobby Garland jigs on 12' BnM Poles. Their boat was equipped with a Minn Kota trolling motor and Humminbird electronics. Looney and Evans took home a check for $5200.00 which included a $500.00 bonus, donated by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol, for using E10 gasoline in their boat motor and a $500.00 bonus from Midsouth Tackle for using Midsouth baits to win the tournament. The team is sponsored by Crappie 101 and BnM Poles.
Day one leaders, Carl Froshour and Justin Lindsay, along with the top finishing Male/Female team of Jessie and Nonna
Wright, finished in a tie for second place with a two day total of 18.86 pounds. Froshour and Lindsey reported catching their crappie with a combination of jigs that included Midsouth jigs in 6-8' of water, 5' deep, while fishing from a Ranger boat equipped with a Minn Kota trolling motor and Humminbird electronics. The team, sponsored by Lindsey Roofing and The Boat Gallery, took home a check for $2000.00 which included a $300.00 bonus for using Midsouth jigs.
The Wrights reported catching their crappie in 5-7' of water and just 2' deep, also using a combination of Midsouth jigs and Bobby Garland Jigs. They are sponsored by BnM Poles, Lake Fork Trophy Lures, Midsouth Tackle, and Bobby Garland. The Wrights took home a check for $1800.00 which included a $100.00 bonus for using Midsouth jigs and a $100.00 Bass Pro Shops gift card for finishing as the top Male/Female team.
The highest finishing Adult/Youth team went to Chris and Cameron Younger with a total of 8.61
pounds. The father and son team took home a new Minn Kota trolling motor for their efforts.
Big Fish of the tournament honors went to Kyle Schoenherr and Rodney Neuhaus with a 1.74 pound crappie. They took home a check for $548.00 which included a $100.00 bonus for using Midsouth jigs to catch the big fish of the tournament.
Click here to download full tournament results.
Special thanks to local sponsors that include: Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau, Wingate by Wyndham, Ramada, Performance Marine, Columbus Marina, 45 Express Mart, H and B One Stop
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 National Qualifier May 16, 2015 on Rend Lake, Whittington, Illinois.