Saturday, April 23, Crappie Masters returned to Oklahoma on the beautiful waters of Lake Eufaula. Despite the heavy rains early in the week which caused the lake to rapidly rise and muddy up, pre-fishing and tournament day weather was perfect and allowed the anglers to catch lots of fish and produce big Lake Eufaula crappie for the weigh in.
For the second time this season, the Ozark Rod team of David Cox and Steve Hockett, Missouri, topped the field with an impressive weight of 12.09 pounds to take home the first place prize of $3800.00. Fishing from a Ranger boat powered by Mercury Motors, a Minn Kota trolling motor and Humminbird electronics, the team stated they caught their tournament fish while one pole fishing standing timber with 10’ Ozark Rods in 6-9 foot of water and catching their fish 5 foot deep on 3” orange and chartreuse jigs tipped with minnows. Cox and Hockett also weighed in the big crappie of the tournament at 2.33 pounds to win an additional $658.00 plus were awarded a $250.00 bonus, donated by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol, for using E10 gasoline in their boat. David and Steve are sponsored by Ozark Rods and Anglers Port Marine.
The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council team of Charlie “The Professor” Rogers
and Kevin Rogers, Missouri, finished in second place with 10.93 pounds and weighed in the second big crappie of the tournament at 1.83 pounds. The Rogers’ were also one pole fishing standing timber with their new Kevin Rogers Signature Series 10’ Ozark Rods in 10-13 foot of water, catching their fish 8-9’ deep on Bobby Garland 3” Slab Slayer Cajun Cricket (orange/chartreuse) jigs. The father and son team took home $2182.00 and are sponsored by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and their Checkoff, Ozark Rods, Bobby Garland, Mercury Motors, Power Pole, Tite-Lok, Bass Cat, and Midwest Marine.
The Power Pole team of Charlie and Travis Bunting, Missouri, finished in third place with 10.75 pounds. The father/son team was spider rigging in 2-11 foot of water with 16’ BnM BGJP Poles and catching their fish just off the bottom with a combination of jigs and minnows. Charlie Bunting stated, “thanks to our Power Poles and Drift Paddles, we were able to maintain a .2 mph speed or less, otherwise we couldn’t catch a crappie.” The Buntings’ are spomsored by Power Pole, Humminbird, Minn Kota, BnM Poles, Mercury, Tite-Lok, Off Shore Tackle, Ranger, Anglers Port Marine, Muddy Water Baits, Ballzout, and Vicious. They took home a check for $1000.00.
Fourth place and an $800.00 check went to “Mr. Crappie” Wally Marshall and Jeff Heuman, Texas, with 10.48 pounds.
Cory Carter and Tom Snyder finished fifth place with 10.41 pounds and received a check for $600.00.
Andy and Karen Blizzard won the Male/Female division and finished
11th place in the tournament with 9.60 pounds. They took home a $100.00 Bass Pro Shops gift card and Tite-Lok rod holders.
Click HERE for full tournament results.
Special thanks to local sponsors that include: Lake Eufaula Association, Eufaula Chamber of Commerce, Jellystone Park Camp Resort, Lakeview Landing Motel, Eufaula Cove Marina, and VFW Post 8798.
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, Jenko Fishing, Marine Metal Products, Dub-L-Seat, Fish-D-Funk, Ardent, Monster Crappie Media and Huffman Publishing, and KMMO Brad & Brian in the Outdoors.