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BECKMAN AND LEWIS BEAT THE HEAT AND A STELLAR FIELD TO CLAIM ONE POLE VICTORY!

With some of if not the best one pole anglers in the country participating, Matt Beckman and Jeff Lewis held off several strong Championship Saturday charges to go wire to wire and claim their first Crappie Masters One Pole Ultimate Challenge victory on June 16th and 17th. Sponsored by The Renewable Fuels Association "Ethanol Fueled With Pride", American Ethanol, and Bass Pro Shops, Midsouth Tackle Company, and the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, ninety-two teams participated in this artificial bait only shoot out with Beckman saying everything had to go right to get in the winners circle, and it did.  He also stated that he and Lewis had two perfect days of fishing with decision making and landing the quality fish that would eventually lead to the title. Leading after day one with a weight of 10.48 pounds, Beckman said he and Lewis really didn't feel a lot of pressure going into Championship Saturday and confidence in their fishing locations was a big key to victory. The team caught their winning fish on predominantly Black and Chartreuse Bobby Garland Slab Slayers, Midsouth tubes, and Muddy Water Baits on the bottom in 9 to 11 foot of water, using 10 foot Jenko Hypersense Rods, Humminbird electronics, Minn Kota Trolling Motor, and Mercury Motor to power their boat.  The winning weight of 21.20 pounds was enough to claim the $7500.00 Championship prize along with an additional $500.00 bonus from the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol, a $100.00 Jenko Fishing bonus for using Jenko products, and a $500.00 Midsouth Tackle bonus for winning the tournament and using Midsouth tubes. Beckman and Lewis are sponsored by Jenko Fishing, Muddy Water Baits, Midwest Marine, and Alenco Home Improvement.

The runner up position went to the team of Keith Mueller and Wes Cooper who jumped from sixth place after day one to second place with an impressive 11.29 pounds on Championship Saturday for a two day weight of 20.86 pounds that included the big fish of the tournament, a 2.09 pound dandy. Mueller and Cooper were using their Mercury powered boat, Humminbird Electronics, and Minn Kota Trolling Motor to catch their weigh fish scattered in 8 feet of water on a Bluegrass Bobby Garland Bait including the big fish. Mueller stated a big key to their second place position was catching three solid weigh fish in the last 45 minutes of the tournament. Mueller and Cooper took home $3750.00 for the second place finish along with $1288.00 for the 2.09 big fish and an additional $300.00 for also using Midsouth tubes. Mueller and Cooper are sponsored by Mr. Crappie, Lewis Boats, TH Marine, Buck Knives, The Oxygenator, and Midsouth Tackle. 

The third place slot was filled by the team of Rich Campbell and Travis Stevens who weighed in a two day weight of 19.31 pounds to take home the $2500.00 third place prize money. Campbell and Stevens stayed moving with their Minn Kota Trolling Motor to catch their fish on the bottom in 12 feet of water using generally a black and chartreuse Midsouth tube jig with their best bite coming later in the day. The team also collected an additional $100.00 Midsouth Tackle bonus. Campbell and Stevens are sponsored by Skeeter Boats, Yamaha, Bucksaw Resort, Diawa, Huckabee Rods, and Beaver Bottom Baits. 

Fourth place with 19.05 pounds and a check for $2200.00 went to Chad Nugent and John Wood.

Vic Finkley and Kim Gray secured the fifth place spot with a two day total of 18.94 pounds and took home a check for $1900.00 plus a $100.00 Grizzly Jig Company Gift Card for finishing as the top Male/Female team.

Top Adult/Youth prize of a $100.00 Everharts Outdoor Store gift card and a Minn Kota Trolling Motor was awarded the Grandfather/Grandson team of Don Brooks and Dylan Brown. 

Second big fish of the tournament honors went to the team of Bob and Lizabeth Robinson who brought a 2.07 pounder on day one and took home $552.00.

Click HERE for full tournament results.

Special thanks to local sponsors that include: Hampton Inn, Westbridge Inn and Suites, Everharts Outdoor Store, KDKD 95.3, Hawthorn Bank, Benson Center, The Wood Shed, Puddle Jumper's, Walmart, Slugger's 66, and Golden Corral.

Special thanks to our National Sponsors that include: Renewable Fuels Association, American Ethanol, Bass Pro Shops, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, Missouri Corn Growers Association, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Bobby Garland Crappie Baits, Prefish Gear, Power-Pole, Heartland Fish Fry, Ozark Rods, Skinzit, Mercury Motors, Millennium Marine, Off Shore Tackle, Jenko Fishing, Navionics, Spike-It, B’n'M Poles, Tite Lok Rod Holders, Midsouth Tackle, Slider, Crappie Now, Crappieholic, American Angler, Timmy Tom’s Jig Company, Valley Fashions, Crazy Angler, Grizzly Jig Company, Everharts Outdoor Store, Marine Metal Products, Fish-D-Funk, Ardent, Rod Safe, Zeko Shoes, Crappie King Cakes, Lake Fork Trophy Lures, The Original Rod Sox, Crappie.com, Monster Crappie Media and Huffman Publishing, and KMMO Brad & Brian in the Outdoors.

 
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