Ultimate Challenge was putting it mild for the field of 75 teams representing 10 different states traveling to Clinton, MO for this one pole, artificial bait only tournament on the country's most well known one pole fishing lake. Truman Lake was on the rise as much as 12-18 inches daily with prefishing conditions being reported as difficult. As always, someone figures out a pattern and puts together a winning stringer.
Barry Morrow and Chad Maupin weighed in a two day total of 18.78 pounds to become the 2015 Truman Lake One Pole Ultimate Challenge winners. The team stated the key for catching the larger crappie was using their electronics to find submerged structure that received less fishing pressure. They were catching their fish in 13-18 foot of water, just off of the bottom with a combination of jigs which mostly included the MidSouth Tackle white/chartreuse tube jig. Morrow and Maupin are sponsored by Crappie Town Daddee Shad and Bobby Garland Baits, Stump Jumper, Gideon Hooks, Beaver Bottom Baits, Huckabee Rods, and Perotti Rod Holders, and took home a check for $5800.00 which included a $500.00 bonus, donated by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol, for using E10 gasoline in their boat along with a $300.00 bonus for using Midsouth Tackle tube jigs to catch some of their winning crappie.
Second place went to Matt Beckman and Jeff Lewis with 18.39 pounds. The team stated that patience was the key and
they were concentrating on fishing hedge trees in 13 plus foot of water, catching their crappie just off of the bottom. Beckman and Lewis are sponsored by Mr. Crappie, Strike King, Lews, and Midwest Marine and took home a check for $3000.00.
Steve Cross and Doc Simmons finished in third place with a two day total of 17.79 pounds. Also fishing in 13-18 foot of water, Cross and Simmons were catching their crappie just off of the bottom on a combination of hedge trees and submerged brush piles on a combination of jigs. The team took home $2200.00 for their finish.
Big fish of the tournament was caught on Day 1 of the tournament by the team of Freddie
Dooly, Texas, and Frank Roberts, Missouri. Their big crappie weighed in at 2.00 pounds even and earned them a check for $1536.00.
Top finishing Adult/Youth team went to Aaron and Dylan Clark, Iowa, with a two day total of 12.03 pounds. They took home a new Minn Kota Trolling Motor along with a $100.00 bonus for using MidSouth Tackle tube jigs to catch their crappie.
Top finishing Male/Female team went to George and Cynthia Nail with 9.43 pounds. They won a $100.00 Bass Pro Shops gift card.
Download full tournament results here.
Special thanks to local sponsors that include: Clinton Chamber of Commerce, Bucksaw Resort & Marina, Hampton Inn, KDKD 95.3, Everhart’s Outdoor Store, Tightwad Bait & Tackle, Hawthorn Bank, Trailside General Store, The Wood Shed, Benson Center, Wal-Mart, Slugger's 66, Golden Corral, Puddle Jumper's, Anglers and Antlers, Mallard's Roadhouse, Benton County Tire & Supply, and El Camino Real Mexican Restaurant.
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 second leg of the Missouri State Championship, August 8, 2015 on Mark Twain Lake, Stoutsville, MO.