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Cox And Hockett Ride The Wind And Waves To Personal Mileston Victory On Lake Fork

Two things were consistent at the Crappie Masters, sponsored by the Renewable Fuels Association “Ethanol Fueled With Pride”, American Ethanol, and Bass Pro Shops Lake Fork National Qualifier and One Pole Artificial Bait Ultimate Challenge hosted and also sponsored by Emory Tourism and Ozark Rods Saturday, April 7 on the world renowned Lake Fork. Inclement weather and the Ozark Rods Team and Angler Team of the year, David Cox and Steve Hockett, who won the teams 10th Crappie Masters Tournament victory, at the top of a single pole artificial bait only tournament. With fantastic weather and large fish being boated during the week prior to tournament day, Mother Nature threw a huge kink in the nearly 150 Anglers from numerous states plans on Championship Saturday bringing record cold temperatures along with extremely high winds, making fishing a huge challenge.

Cox and Hockett relied on their years of fishing knowledge to plan accordingly to combat the predicted forecast with their single day of practice. Cox stated that staying with their game plan and great trolling motor work were keys to the victory. The team also said their fish had moved out a few yards and moved a bit deeper in the water column, but were still very active catching 50 to 60 fish on tournament day. Cox and Hockett brought 7 fish to the scale weighing 13.94 pounds, enough to put them ahead of Charlie and Kevin Rogers 13.57 for the victory. David and Steve single poled their 10 foot Ozark Rods in 11 feet of water catching their better fish on trees with numerous branches 9 foot deep using David’s homemade black and chartreuse jigs while Steve used a black and yellow jig primarily. Both praised their Mercury Motor, Humminbird Electronics, and MinnKota Trolling Motor as vital in making the victory possible! The Championship effort was good for $4,500.00 along with collecting Angler Incentive bonuses that included the $250.00 Missouri Corn Grower Association and American Ethanol E10 bonus for using E10 fuel in their Mercury Motor. The team also collected an additional $250.00 for the Power Pole Captains Cash Program. Cox and Hockett are sponsored by Ozark Rods, Do-It Molds, and Rod Sox.

The second place team of legends Charlie and Kevin Rogers found themselves in a familiar spot in one pole tournaments for a fourth time, runner up, weighing 13.57 pounds good for a $2,250.00 check. The Rogers also used years of fishing knowledge to catch enough bigger fish to hold off a sterling field of competitors for the second place position. Kevin said their MinnKota Trolling Motor was huge in the teams success along with their Mercury Motor. The Rogers fished a 3 inch Bobby Garland Gold Member colored bait in 18 to 30 foot of water catching their better fish 12 feet deep using quarter ounce jigs, something they are known for, on the Jenko Kevin Rogers Signature Series Rod. Kevin and Charlie Rogers are sponsored by Bobby Garland Baits, Jenko Fishing, Mercury Motors, Bass Cat, Midwest Marine, Honey Hole Outdoors, and Power Pole.

Third place went to the team of Ryan and Howard German who brought 12.90 pounds to the scale good for the $1,400.00 third place money. The Germans, as did all teams praised their electronics, Trolling Motor, and engine for finding and staying on fish, and getting them there and back! The Germans use a Mercury Motor, Humminbird Electronics, and MinnKota Trolling Motor on their Nitro Boat. Ryan and Howard used a two and a half inch Stinger Style white and chartreuse jig tied to a Jenko Kevin Rogers Signature Series Rod fishing 20 feet of water catching their weigh fish anywhere from 3 to 13 feet deep. Ryan and Howard German are sponsored by Top Secret Jigs.

Fourth Place went to the team of Carl Ellis and Anh Nguyen. Ellis and Nguyen weighed in 12.22 pounds and earned a check for $1,150.00.

Mark McClure and Frank Haidusek finished in fifth place with a weight of 12.12 pounds and received a check for $950.00.

Even in poor fishing conditions, numerous 2 pound plus fish made their way to the scale topped by a 2.66 Lake Fork dandy that was weighed in by the team of Kevin Pitts and Travis Mace who took home $1,122.00, including a $100.00 bonus for catching the big fish of the tournament on a Timmy Tom's Jig Head. 

Second big fish was weighed in by the team of Tony Burnworth and Raymond Searcy who took home $438.00 for their 2.63 pounder.

Top Male/Female team winners were the husband/wife team of Paul and Elizabeth Turner whose eleventh place finish was good for the Humminbird Helix 5 prize and $400.00.

Click HERE for full tournament results.

Crappie Masters would like to thank Emory Tourism and Ozark Rods for their support of this popular tournament on one of the best lakes in America...Lake Fork.

Special thanks to local sponsors that include: City of Emory Tourism Department, Best Western, Axton's Bass City, Big Bass Lodge, KMOO 99.9, Minnow Bucket Marina, Star Mart, and Bro's.

Special thanks to our National Sponsors that include: Renewable Fuels Association, American Ethanol, Bass Pro Shops, Missouri Corn Growers Association, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Ozark Rods, Mercury Motors, Power-Pole, Jenko Fishing, Millennium Marine, Bobby Garland Crappie Baits, Off Shore Tackle, B’n'M Poles, Navionics, Spike-It, On This Side Catering, American Angler, Midsouth Tackle, Slider, Honey Hole Outdoors, Crappie Now, Crappieholic, Timmy Tom’s Jig Company, Marine Metal Products, Valley Fashions, Everharts Outdoor Store, ProBuilt Jigs, Lake Fork Trophy Lures, The Original Rod Sox, Fish N Tools, Quickfire, Fish-D-Funk, Ardent, Crazy Angler, Skipper’s Jigs, Denali Rods, Foxy Fishing Gear, HH Rods, Rod Safe, Crappie.com, Monster Crappie Media and Huffman Publishing, and KMMO Brad & Brian in the Outdoors.

 
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