Crappie Masters Tournament Trail landed in Greenville, Mississippi on Saturday March 12th for a one-day national qualifier held on Lakes Washington, Whittington, Ferguson, Paradise, and Lee. Anglers were once again faced with tough conditions with over 12 inches of rain being reported in the area causing fishable waters to dramatically rise and muddy up as the week progressed. 88 teams from all over the country braved the weather and fishing conditions for what turned out to be a great tournament producing the high weights the delta is known for.
Team Crappieholic, Dustin Harris and Kelley Graham of Arkansas, weighed in an amazing weight of 14.57 pounds to take home their first Crappie Masters victory. The team was slow trolling double minnow rigs at .2 mph with 16ft BnM trolling poles in 7.5 to 8ft of water, catching their fish 18 inches deep. They were fishing from a Ranger boat powered by a Mercury motor, Humminbird electronics, and Minnkota trolling motor. Harris and Graham won a total of $5,250.00, which included a $250 bonus from the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol for using E10 gasoline in their boat.
Vic Finkley and Kim Gray, Mississippi, weighed in an impressive 14.25
pounds to finish in 2nd place and take top Male-Female honors. Finkley and Gray were spider rigging in 4.5ft of water, also with 16ft BnM trolling poles, catching their fish 18 inches deep on Midsouth red/chartreuse tube jigs tipped with a minnow. They are sponsored by Midsouth, BnM Poles, Kirk Ford of Grenada, MS, Humminbird and Minnkota and received a check for $2,500 plus a $100 Bass Pro Shops gift card.
Third place went to the Power-Pole team of Charlie and Travis Bunting, MO with 14.04 pounds. Fishing from their Ranger boat equipped with a Mercury motor, Humminbird electronics, Minnkota trolling motor, and a set of Power-Poles with Drift Paddles. The buntings were spider rigging in 5-7ft of water catching their fish 2ft deep on BnM 16ft trolling poles. Team Bunting won $1600. They are sponsored by Power-Pole, BnM Poles, Tite-Lok, Offshore Tackle, Ranger, Mercury, Angler’s Port Marine, Ballzout, Vicious, and Muddy Water baits.
Big fish of the tournament went to the team of Jason Price and Tosh Manning with a 2.93 pound slab
crappie. They won $1,604.00, which included a $400 Budweiser Big Fish bonus donated by Mitchell Distributing.
Joe and Will Welch took home the top finishing Adult-Youth team award with a weight of 10.70 pounds. They won a $100 Bass Pro Shops gift card and a $100 Everhart’s Sporting Goods gift card.
Click HERE to download full tournament results.
Special thanks to local sponsors that include: Greenville/Washington County Mississippi Tourism and Visitors Bureau, Trop Casino, Mitchell Distributing – Budweiser, Greenville Inn & Suites, Hampton Inn, Harlow's Casino Resort & Spa, Wdms 100.7 Cajun Shotgun House & BBQ, The Gator Den, Roy's Store, Southern Stars RV Park and Cabins, Garfield’s Restaurant & Pub, South Shore Cottages, Sherman's Restaurant, and Cicero's 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, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, Ozark Rods, 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, B’n’M Poles, Slider, Crappie Now, Bug Band, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, Crappieholic, Valley Fashions, Ziptailz, Off Shore Tackle, Millennium Marine, Navionics, Southern Tackleworks, Everharts Outdoor Store, Rod Safe, Gator Guards, Skinzit, Crazy Angler, Stump Jumper Series, American Angler, Marine Metal Products, Fish-D-Funk, Ardent, 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 Mississippi State Championship March 25, 26, 2016 on Grenada lake, Grenada, Mississippi.