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Weather Continues Cold, Morrow And Maupin Continue Hot With Victory At Lake Of The Ozarks

What continues to be a common theme in 2018, inclement weather conditions again made an appearance, this time cold temperatures and strong winds during the Crappie Masters sponsored by The Renewable Fuels Association “Ethanol Fueled With Pride”, American Ethanol, and Bass Pro Shops Lake of the Ozarks National Qualifier and First Leg of the Missouri State Championship hosted by Captain Ron’s along with Spike It Saturday, April 14th. Also in recent weeks another common theme continues, the team of Barry Morrow and Chad Maupin brought in a large 7 fish limit weighing 12.54 pounds at the Lake of the Ozarks besting a field of 113 boats claiming the $6,000.00 first place prize. Morrow and Maupin found quality fish earlier in the week and left them alone only checking to see if they were there tournament day. They were and the bite started early. Maupin stated during the post weigh in interview that it was a dream day. Morrow agreed saying that in the years he’s fished LOZ, he hasn’t seen a 7 fish weight like the team brought to the scale. With the strong winds, Morrow and Maupin gave credit to their Humminbird and MinnKota combination to locate and stay on the fish. The team spider rigged 3 inch Bobby Garland Baits tipped with minnows in 6 to 8 feet of water catching fish near the bottom on B’n’M Poles. Morrow and Maupin took home $6,000.00 for the victory along with the Missouri Corn Growers Association/American Ethanol one day $250.00 E10 bonus for using E10 fuel in their boat. Barry and Chad also claimed an additional $100.00 Jenko Fishing bonus, the $250.00 Power Pole Captains Cash bonus, and a $200.00 Spike It bonus for using Chartreuse Dip-N-Glow on their jigs. Morrow and Maupin are sponsored by Off Shore Tackle, Beaver Bottom Baits, Bobby Garland Baits, Puddle Jumpers, Stump Jumper, Crappietown Baits, Huckabee Rods, B’n’M Trolling Poles, Everharts Outdoor Store, Electra-Air Heat and Air, and Performance Fiberglass.

Runner Up position was filled by The Green Machine Team of Jackie and Holly Linton who weighed 7 fish topping the scale at 11.77 pounds, one of those being a 2.04 pound Lake of the Ozarks trophy good for $678.00, and the top Male/Female team award of a $100.00 Everharts Outdoor Store gift card. The Lintons took advantage of the early bite basically having most of their weigh fish in the boat by mid morning. The team spider rigged a few different Baits including Holly’s secret weapon, a Bobby Garland Electric Chicken Slab Docktr and minnows in 5 to 7 feet of water at a 4 foot depth. The Green Machine is powered by Mercury, and used Humminbird Electronics to find the better fish and the MinnKota Ultrex to stay with them. The Linton’s took home $3,000.00 plus the aforementioned bonuses for their second place finish. The Green Machine is sponsored by Humminbird, MinnKota, Phoenix Boats, Mercury Motors, A.C.C Crappie Stix, Anglers Port Marine, Scott’s Iconium Store, Rod Sox, Foxy Fishing Gear, Everharts Outdoor Store, and Hooker Jigs.

It was another top ten finish for the third place team of Tommy Skarlis and Mike Baker whose 7 fish weighed in at an impressive 11.12 pounds, good enough to take home a check for $1,650.00. Skarlis and Baker pulled Off Shore Tackle Planer Boards early in the week, however couldn’t put a solid pattern together, so decided to spider rig straight minnows on homemade Do-it Mold jigs in 7 to 8 feet of water catching fish on or near the bottom.  It turned out to be profitable decision keeping them right near the top of the Angler of the Year race. Skarlis and Baker are sponsored by Off Shore Tackle, Navionics, Ranger Boats, Raymarine, Do-it Molds, Power Pole, Awesome Crappie, Awesome Walleye, Optima Batteries, Hutch Tackle, Grizzly Coolers, Whitetail-R, Fish On Rod Holders, Smooth Move Seat Mounts, Gemini Jersey, Worldwide Marine Insurance, and Blackfish Apparel. 

Finishing in fourth place, with a weight of 10.29 pounds, was the team of Vic Finkley and Kim Kennedy. Their efforts earned them $1,400.00.

David Simmons and James Davidson rounded out the top five with a weight of 10.21 pounds. Simmons and Davidson received $1,200.00. 

Big Fish of the tournament was weighed in by the team Brent Billings and Brad Moore who weighed in an impressive 2.07 pound crappie. Moore said it was his first Missouri two-pound crappie. It came at a good time as the fish was worth $1,582.00.

The top placing Adult/Youth team was Travis and Keegan Bullock who took home a $100.00 Everharts Outdoor Store gift card.  

Click here to download full tournament results. 

Crappie Masters would like to thank Captain Ron for his continued support.  

Next up on the Crappie Masters calendar is Lake Eufaula in Eufaula, Oklahoma Saturday, April 21.  Get all the information at  

Special thanks to local sponsors that include: Captain Ron’s, The Lake House Inn, Deepwater Inn, Water's Edge Motel, Sleep Inn and Suites, KS95 95.1FM, Chance's R Restaurant, Sport World Boat Center, The Bank of Versailles, Edgar's Outdoor Sports, Lake West Marine, MJ's, and Honey B's Restaurant. 

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,, Monster Crappie Media and Huffman Publishing, and KMMO Brad & Brian in the Outdoors.