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On a near record high temperature day and strong winds, Paul Turner sit on one brush pile and caught seven crappie weighing 8.81 pounds with a 1.59 kicker fish to win the Crappie Masters, sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association "Ethanol Fueled With Pride", American Ethanol, and Bass Pro Shops, Carlyle Lake Early Bird 2018 National Qualifying Tournament hosted by the City of Carlyle, Clinton County Tourism, and The Fish House on Carlyle Lake on October 14th. Turner, fishing by himself, found three different brush piles in practice that held fish, but one in particular held the quality fish he was looking for. With many patterns breaking down during the week due to weather and moving fish, Turner made the decision to stay in the one spot where the fish stayed.  Turner said the key was to use a two ounce weight and minnows to get the lines deep in the brush pile to trigger the bite. Turner also mentioned he went through over 300 rigs through the week, however if he wasn't fishing 10 feet down in 12 feet of water, he couldn't get the bite he wanted.  With the high winds, Turner credited his Minn Kota Trolling Motor with the Spot Lock feature, Humminbird Electronics, and the new B’n’M Pow-R-Troller Poles as the difference makers. For the victory, his third over the last two seasons, Turner took home $3700.00 along with an additional $602.00 for the big fish, his 1.59 kicker, plus additional angler incentives including the $250.00 Missouri Corn Growers Association/American Ethanol bonus for using E10 fuel in his boat along with the $100.00 Jenko Fishing bonus for using Jenko products. Paul and Elizabeth Turner are sponsored by Crappieholic.

The runner up slot went to the local team of Willis Knutt and Josh Jackson who brought in seven fish weighing 7.70 pounds garnering them the $1850.00 second place prize. Knutt and Jackson were one pole fishing, using jigs and the new Jenko Kevin Rogers Series Rod in 5 to 10 feet of water catching fish at various depths through the day.  Knutt and Jackson also credited their Humminbird Electronics and Minn Kota Trolling Motor to battle the wind on a wide open lake like Carlyle.  They are sponsored by Boat Works, The Keys, The Jared Burke Foundation, Johnny B's, Crossroads Restaurant, Bob's Little Acre, and Strike King Lures. 

The third place position was filled by the team of Steve Hess and Dan Lutchka, also a local area team who weighed seven fish totaling 7.60 pounds and good enough to take home the $925.00 third place money.  Hess and Lutchka stayed closer to the banks keying on brush piles.  Hess and Lutchka were one pole fishing in 8 to 10 feet of water using Ozark Rods and the Bobby Garland Outlaw colored 3 inch Slab Slayer catching the better fish near or on the bottom.  As most competitors stated, their Mercury Motor and Humminbird Electronics were a key to their success.  Hess and Lutchka are sponsored by Carbondale Seamless Guttering.

Fourth place and a check for $675.00 went to The Green Machine, Jackie and Holly Linton with 7.54 pounds. The Lintons also took home the top Male/Female team honors and second big fish of the tournament which won them an additional $100.00 Grizzly Jig Company gift certificate and $258.00 cash.

Scott Moses and Joe Smith finished in fifth place with 7.48 pounds and received a check for $500.00.

The top Adult/Youth Team award of a $100.00 Everhart’s Outdoor Store gift card went to the 16th place team of Jerry Ebmeyer and Isabella Picou.

Click HERE to download full tournament results.

Crappie Masters would like to again thank The City of Carlyle, Clinton County Tourism, and The Fish House for hosting the first Crappie Masters National Tournament on Carlyle Lake along with all the other local sponsors.  Find out the rest of the 2018 Crappie Masters schedule by going to and also on Facebook.

Special thanks to local sponsors that include: City of Carlyle, The Fish House, Clinton County Tourism, Mariner's Village, Hazlet Cottages on Carlyle Lake, Center Stone Inn & Suites, MAX 96.7 FM WCXO, Henkel's Hook & Arrow, The Keys Restaurant & Lounge, K and J Chevrolet, and Boat Works.

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, On This Side Catering, 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, Denali Rods, Skipper’s Jigs, Rod Safe, Crappie King Cakes, Lake Fork Trophy Lures, The Original Rod Sox,, Monster Crappie Media and Huffman Publishing, and KMMO Brad & Brian in the Outdoors.