The first leg of the Missouri State Championship was held on Saturday, April 16, on Lake of the Ozarks. Hundreds were in attendance at Captain Ron’s to cheer on the 87 teams from eight different states with sunny skies and warm weather blessing the anglers this week. Millenium Marine headlined this one day national qualifier that put over $20,000.00 in cash and prizes up for grabs.
Tony Edgar, Missouri, and Travis Lepley, Iowa, weighed in a limit of seven crappie at 10.65 pounds to take home the $4000.00 first place prize. The team was shooting docks with Ozark Rods and 1/32 ounce jig heads with natural shad colored jigs, catching their fish 10-15 foot deep. Edgar stated, “the key to victory was shooting our baits as far up under the docks as possible and letting the bait free float its way down deeper than the other teams, 15 foot deep at times.” Edgar and Lepley are sponsored by Ranger Boats, Evinrude, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Anglers Port Marine, and Ozark Rods. They also earned an additional $250.00, donated by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol, for using E10 gasoline in their boat.
Second place with 10.52 pounds went to the team of Stacy Helton and Steve
Seifert, both from Missouri. Helton and Seifert were also shooting docks, catching their crappie around three feet under the surface with a combination of Bobby Garland’s Baby Shad and 3” Slab Slayers in white and chartreuse. The team took home a check for $2200.00 and are sponsored by Troutt and Son’s, John’s Firestone, and Cashion Rods.
Travis Stevens and Rich Campbell, both from Missouri, finished in third place with 10.45 pounds. Also shooting docks, Stevens and Campbell were catching their fish at 1-3 foot deep with a combination of jigs that included Bobby Garland 3” Slab Slayers in white and chartreuse. Sponsored by Bucksaw, Skeeter, Yamaha, Daiwa, Huckabee Rods, and Beaver Bottom Baits, the team earned $1400.00.
Fourth place at 10.40 pounds and Big Crappie of the Tournament at 2.57
pounds, Travis Bullock and Clint Hibdon, Missouri. Bullock fished the tournament by himself and took home a total of $2390.00.
Fifth place at 9.90 pounds went to the Ozark Rods team of David Cox and Steve Hockett, both from Missouri. Winners of $1000.00.
Mike and Angie Baker, Missouri, won the Male/Female division with 8.34 pounds. Winners of a $100.00 Bass Pro Shops gift card.
Mike and Sheldon Schulte won the Adult/Youth division with 7.15 pounds and took home a $100.00 Bass Pro Shops gift card and a $100.00 Everhart’s Sporting Goods gift card.
Click HERE to download full tournament results.
Special thanks to local sponsors that include: Captain Ron's Bar & Grill, The Lake House Inn, Deepwater Inn, KS95 95.1FM, Lake West Marine, Sport World Boat Center, The Bank of Versailles, Edgar's Outdoor Sports, Chance's R Restaurant, Tortilla Flats, Honey B's Restaurant, and MJ’s.
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, Lake Fork Trophy Lures, The Original Rod Sox, 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, Crappie Town, American Angler, Marine Metal Products, Dub-L-Seat, 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 April 23, 2016 on Lake Eufaula, Eufaula, Oklahoma.