The final national qualifier for the 2015 regular season took place on Saturday, August, 22 on Truman Lake. Richard Bowling, local guide, stated this was the toughest fishing conditions for crappie he had ever seen on Truman. However, 149 anglers from thirteen different states traveled to Clinton, MO and battled the tough conditions and as always, someone has to figure them out and be crowned Champions.
Truman Lake One Pole Ultimate Challenge Winners, Barry Morrow and Chad Maupin, posted an impressive 8.83 pounds on a seven crappie limit to take home their second win in 2015. The team stated the bite was slow and patience was the key. Morrow and Maupin were one pole jig fishing and concentrating on submerged natural lake structure catching their crappie in 7-9 foot of water, just off the bottom. They were using a combination of Bobby Garland, Mid South, and Beaver Bottom black and chartreuse jigs. Barry and Chad are sponsored by Crappie Town, Stump Jumper, Off Shore Tackle, Beaver Bottom Baits, Perotti Rod holders, Gideon Hooks, and Huckabee Rods. They took home checks totaling $7045.00, which included a $250.00 bonus, donated by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol, for using E10 gasoline in their boat.
The Ozark Rod Team of David Cox and Steve Hockett finished in second place with 8.63 pounds. Cox and Hockett were
one pole fishing submerged structure with black/chartreuse and orange/chartreuse jigs tipped with minnows from a Ranger boat equipped with Humminbird Electronics and a Minn Kota Trolling Motor. They were catching their crappie in 10-12 foot of water, 6-8 foot deep. Cox and Hockett are sponsored by Ozark Rods and Anglers Port Marine and took home $2000.00.
Richard Bowling and Garry Lee weighed in seven live crappie at 8.36 pounds and finished in the third place position. Also fishing from a Ranger boat with a Minn Kota Trolling Motor, the team was fishing in 10-15 foot of water with most crappie being caught at eight foot deep on straight minnows. Bowling and Lee are sponsored by Huckabee Rods and received a check for $1300.00.
Big Fish of the tournament was weighed in by the Power Pole Team of Charlie and Travis Bunting at 1.94 pounds which was good for $1050.00
Top finishing Adult/Youth Team went to George Ryberg and Cameron Wright with 7.28 pounds. They won a $100.00 Bass Pro Shops gift card and a $100.00 Everharts gift card.
Top finishing Male/Female Team went to Jeff Faulkenberry and Natasha Goucher with six crappie weighing 5.75 pounds. They won a $100.00 Bass Pro Shops gift card.
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, Everharts Outdoor Store, Silent Stalker, Rod Safe, Timbuktu Outdoors, Gator Guards, Hook Line & Threader, Skinzit, Crazy Angler, Stump Jumper Series, Rig Rap, American Angler, Marine Metal Products, 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 the 2015 National Championship, September 23-26, 2015 on Kentucky Lake, Paris, Tennessee.