Prattville, AL hosted the 2015 Alabama State Championship this past weekend, June 5.6, on the Alabama River which drew teams from 11 different states and paid back over $13,000.00 in cash and prizes. Day one of the competition saw some big weights and put local team, Steve Brown and Gerald Overstreet in the lead with an impressive seven fish stringer weighing 11.84 pounds. Day two seemed to produce greater weights and also shake up the leader board after the final teams weighed.
The Road Runner and Tru Turn Hooks Team of Kyle Schoenherr and Rodney Neuhaus wieghed in a day 2 weight of 11.55 pounds to give them a two day total of 22.24 pounds to win the Alabama State Championship. Schoenherr and Neuhaus were spider rigging with BnM Poles on Tite-Lok Rod Holders along the main river channel, targeting submerged lay down trees and tree tops over a 40 mile stretch of river. Schoenherr stated that the key for catching the winning weight was to put their baits in as many structures as possible to find seven good fish each day, catching up to 150 crappie daily. The team caught their fish on a combination of Midsouth jigs and Tru Turn Hooks tipped with minnows in 12-25 foot of water, catching their crappie 8-12 foot deep. Schoenherr and Neuhaus fish from a Ranger boat with a Mercury motor and a Minn Kota trolling motor. They are sponsored by Road Runner, Tru Turn Hooks, Bnm Poles, Tite Lok Rod Holders, Midsouth Tackle, Muddy Water Baits, Lowrance, Harvest Clean, Gamma Line, Frog Hair Floats, and Rend Lake Resort. Kyle and Rodney received a check for $5000.00 which included a $500.00 bonus, donated by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol, for using E10 gasoline in their boat.
The Rockport Rattler Team of Whitey Outlaw and Mike Parrott finished in second place with a two day total of 21.42
pounds. Fishing from a Ranger boat equipped with a Mercury motor, Humminbird electronics, and a Minn Kota trolling motor, Outlaw and Parrott were slow trolling with BnM Poles in 10-15 foot of water and catching their crappie on Midsouth tubes on Rockport Rattler jig heads tipped with minnows, 8-10 foot deep. Their finish earned them a check for $2500.00. Outlaw and Parrott are sponsored by Rockport Rattler, BnM Poles, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Midsouth Tackle, Driftmaster, and Vicious.
Steve Brown and Gerald Overstreet, sponsored Fle-Fly, Road Runner, and Tru Turn Hooks, finished in third place with 21.15 pounds. The team was targeting 10-17 foot of water, catching their crappie 9 foot deep on a combination of double jig and double Tru Turn Hook minnow rigs on BnM Poles. Brown and Overstreet fish from a Ranger boat equipped with a Minn Kota trolling motor and Humminbird electronics. They received a check for $1300.00.
Big Fish of the tournament honors went to the Missouri Corn Growers Association Team of Kevin
Jones and Billy Don Surface with a giant 2.24 pound crappie. Big fish bait was a Muddy Water Black and Glow jig tipped with a minnow. This crappie was worth $294.00.
Top Male/Female Team went to Jonathan and Alicia Phillips with 13.72 pounds. They won a $100.00 Bass Pro Shops gift card.
Jeff and Sela Ward won the Adult/Youth division with 14.24 pounds and won a new Minn Kota trolling motor.
Click HERE for final tournament results.
Special thanks to local sponsors that include: Elmore County Commission, City of Prattville,
Hampton Inn & Suites, Howard Johnson, Big Bass Bait & Tackle, Blue Ox Outfitters, Cathouse Marine, Auto Save Tire & Automotive, and American Legion Post 133.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 and One Pole Ultimate Challenge, sponsored by Spike It, June 19, 20, 2015 on Truman Lake, Clinton, MO.