The Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters Tournament Trail hit Truman Lake this Saturday, August 20th, for the final regular season tournament of the 2016 schedule. Ninety-five teams took part in the one day National Qualifier in Clinton, MO with lots at stake including the Missouri State Championship and the Angler Team of the Year points race. A cold front and wind showed up the night before the tournament but that did not keep Truman Lake from producing the heavy summertime weights.
Morrow and Chad Maupin came to the scales needing to post an impressive weight to take the lead after two other teams were tied at the top with 10.50 pounds. The defending champions posted a seven fish weight of 11.24 pounds to win again on Truman Lake. Morrow and Maupin were one pole fishing in 3-6’ of water catching their crappie just off the bottom with an assortment of jigs including Crappie Town Daddee Shad, Beaver Bottom, and Rocky Top in black and chartreuse color. The team fished from a Ranger boat equipped with a Mercury Motor, Minn Kota Trolling Motor, and Humminbird Electronics. The win earned them a check for $5220.00 which included a $250.00 bonus, donated by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol, for using E10 gas in their boat and a $570.00 check for catching the second biggest crappie of the tournament. Morrow and Maupin are sponsored by Stump Jumper, Crappie Town, Everharts Outdoor Store, Off Shore Tackle, Perotti Rod Holders, Beaver Bottom Baits, Lights Out Jigs, Brush Lunker Custom Tackle, and Huckabee Rods.
There was a tie for second and third place at 10.50 pounds between Brad
Ruyle and Reggie Redinger and the team ofJim Dant and Donny Zufall. Ruyle and Redinger were also one pole fishing in 2-6’ of water and catching their fish anywhere from the top to the bottom of the water column. Their own Elite Jigs in black and chartreuse were the ticket to catching. Some of their equipment included a Minn Kota Trolling Motor, Humminbird Electronics, Mercury Motor, Ozark Rods, and Grizzly Elite Rods. Ruyle and Redinger received a check for $1900.00 and are sponsored by Elite Jigs, Midwest Land Sales, and Ozark Rods.
Dant and Zufall, sponsored by Bobby Garland, Elite Jigs, Do-It Molds, Outlaw Rods, and Bait Mate, were two pole fishing in 6’ of water and catching their crappie just off the bottom with Bobby Garland 2” Slab Slayers in the Lights Out color. They fished from a Ranger boat equipped with a Mercury Motor, Minn Kota Trolling Motor, and Humminbird Electronics.
Dant and Zufall received a $1900.00 check.
The Power Pole team of Charles and Travis Bunting finished in fourth
with 9.41 pounds and received a check for $1200.00.
Fifth place and a check for $1000.00 was Paul Alpers and Brian McGhee.
Big Fish of the tournament weighed 1.81 pounds and was caught by Ozark Rod pro staffe John and Tracy Shannon. They took home a check for $1330.00.
Rod pro staff Aaron and Dylan Clark won the Adult/Youth division by weighing in a seven fish limit of 7.61 pounds. They were winners of a $100.00 Bass Pro Shops gift card and a $100.00 Everhart’s Outdoor Store gift card.
Male/Female division winners and representing Crappie Town and Bobboy Garland were Cory Batterson and Dianne Stevens. They weighed in 8.28 pounds and took home a $900.00 check for finishing 12th in the tournament plus a $100.00 Bass Pro Shops gift card.
To downloand full tournament results click HERE
Special thanks to local sponsors that include: Clinton Chamber of Commerce, Bucksaw Resort & Marina, Hampton Inn, Westbridge Inn and Suites, KDKD 95.3, Everharts Outdoor Store, Hawthorn Bank, Benson Center, The Wood Shed, Puddle Jumper's, Wal-Mart, Slugger's 66, and Golden Corral
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, Zeko Shoes, Monster Crappie Media and Huffman Publishing, and KMMO Brad & Brian in the Outdoors.