Mark Twain Lake was the site, Saturday, August 8th, for the second leg of the Missouri State Championship as seventy one teams from ten different states came to get in position for the State Championship, Angler Team of the Year points race, and try to claim the Mark Twain title. Tournament anglers were reporting catching as many as 100-150 crappie per day during pre fishing with many of those not meeting the nine inch length limit. Great weather and a slow steady drop in the lake level made for another exciting tournament with one team finding the right combination.
Mark and Chris Hatcher became first time winners on the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail by weighing in a seven crappie limit of 7.30 pounds. The Hatchers were spider rigging in 5-10 foot waters with BnM Trolling Poles and Capps and Coleman double minnow rigs, catching their bigger crappie in the 8 foot range, 4-6 foot deep. They stated that moving back and forth in shallow water produced the biggest fish during pre fishing so sticking to this game plan was their goal. The game plan payed off by cashing in a $4250.00 check which included a $250.00 bonus, donated by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol for using E10 gasoline in their boat.
Second place went to Brad Ruyle and Reggie Redinger with a weight of 7.15 pounds. The team was spider rigging in 2-
15 foot of water with double minnow rigs, catching their fish 8 foot deep. Ruyle and Redinger took home a check for $2000.00.
Rick Fajen and Earnie Cox finished in the third spot with 6.99 pounds. Fajen stated that pre fishing was rough but they stuck with it and went to a spot that they caught their biggest crappie at, which wasn't much, and just went fishing. They were also spider rigging with Ozark Rods and double minnow rigs in 5-17 foot of water, catching their crappie at the 4-6
foot range. Fajen and Cox took home $1000.00 for their efforts.
Big fish of the tournament ended in a tie between the teams of Brad Ruyle/Reggie Redinger and Scott Breed/Lowell McNinch with a 1.48 pound crappie. Each team received a check for $690.00.
Top finishing Adult/Youth Team went to Chris and Cameron Younger, Tennessee, with a
weight of 5.00 pounds. They took home a $100.00 Bass Pro Shops gift card and a $100.00 Everharts Outdoor Store gift card.
Top finishing Male/Female team went to Paul and Alana Click with 6.33 pounds. The Clicks received a $100.00 Bass Pro Shops gift card and also a check for $350.00 for finishing 11th place in the tournament.
Click HERE for full tournament results.
Special thanks to local sponsors that include: Junction Inn Motel, South Fork Resort, Chigger Hill Bait & Tackle, The Dry Dock, Hickman's IGA, 154 Marine, The Paris National Bank, and Nemo Bait & Fisheries.
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 final leg of the Missouri State Championship, August 22, 2015 on Truman Lake, Clinton, MO.