Truman Lake, Clinton, MO was the final destination for the the third leg of the Missouri State Championship. This championship is one of the toughest tests during the year as you compete on three different lakes during different times of the year. After fishing Lake of the Ozarks, Mark Twain Lake, and Truman Lake, the total points from all three events determines the champion.
Barry Morrow and Chad Maupin won the Missouri State Championship this past weekend after winning the Truman Lake event, finishing 7th at Mark Twain Lake, and 10th at Lake of the Ozarks and accumulating 585 points. Both Morrow and Maupin stated they were honored to win this championship while fishing against some of the best anglers in the country and after falling just short in 2014. The team took home a check for $2795.00 which included a bonus of $625.00 donated by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council. They are sponsored by Crappie Town, Stump Junmper, Off Shore Tackle, Perotti Rod Holders, Beaver Bottom Baits, Gideon Hooks, and Huckabee Rods.
Charles and Travis Bunting finished second in the Championship with a total of 575
points. The Buntings are sponsored by Power Pole, BnM Poles, Humminbird, MinnKota, Muddy Water Baits, Tite-Lok, and Ranger. They received a check for $1677.00 which included a $375.00 bonus donated by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council.
Third place went to the father and son team of Mark and Aaron Engelhart with 559 points. Their winnings totaled $1118.00 which included a $250.00 bonus donated by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council.
Each team that competed in all three legs of the Missouri State Championship were entered into a cash drawing of $750.00 donated by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council. One hundred and sixty different teams entered at least one of the tournaments and twenty four teams fished all three. The drawing winner for the $750.00 was the team of Ed Edgar and Lenny Austin. Special thanks for the additiional $2000.00 in prize money for the Missouri State Championship goes out to the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council.