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Truman Lake, Clinton, MO, June 17, 18, 2016

Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail will hold a National Qualifier and Spike-It One Pole Ultimate Challenge June 17, 18, 2016 on Truman Lake, Clinton, Missouri. Sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Marine and Nitro Boats, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Clinton Chamber of Commerce and Bucksaw Resort & Marina, the tournament will qualify anglers for the 2016 National Championship to be held on Grenada Lake, Grenada, Mississippi.

Late registration is on June 16, 2016 at the Benson Center 1008 E Sedalia Ave, Clinton, MO 64735. Registration and voucher pick-up will begin at 5:00 PM with the rules meeting beginning at 6:30 PM. 

Weigh in will be at Bucksaw Resort and Marina 670 SE 803 Rd off Hwy 7, Clinton, MO 64735. Anglers will fish from 6:00 AM to 2:30 PM and must be in line by 3:30 PM both days. The weigh in is open to the public.

A free kids fishing rodeo will be held on Saturday, May 21 at Bucksaw Resort and Marina. Kids will register from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM and will fish from 9-10:30 AM. All kids will receive a prize.

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.

Smith and Dowdy Become The Kentucky/Tennessee State Champions

Crappie Masters teamed up with the Kentucky Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol for the 2016 Kentucky/Tennessee State Championship on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. Sixty nine teams from ten different states took part in this two day total weight tournament that stretched out well over two thousand miles of shoreline. Cold fronts, rain, and heavy winds were heavy factors in the outcome with several teams struggling to find productive fishable waters. In the end, one team stood tall and took home the hardware and thousands in prize money. 

kentucky1st Smith and Elliot Dowdy weighed in a two day total of 24.29 pounds to become first time winners and the 2016 Kentucky/Tennessee State Champions. Smith and Dowdy were spider rigging in 7-13 foot of water, catching their crappie around 6-9 foot deep on white/chartreuse Midsouth Tackle tube jigs. Their equipment list included BnM Poles, Stren line, and a Minn Kota trolling motor. The Champions took home a check for $6914.00 which included a $500.00 bonus, donated by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol, for using E10 gasoline in their boat plus a check for $414.00 for catching the second big crappie of the tournament at 2.42 pounds and two 10’ Jenko HyperSense rods. Smith and Dowdy are sponsored by Cannon Packaging.

Robert and Todd Dent Win on Rend Lake

Crappie Masters moved into Southern Illinois this week on Rend Lake for a one day national qualifier hosted by Ozark Rods. Sixty six teams from eight different states came to compete for the $16,000.00 purse. High winds left anglers scrambling to find fishable waters during pre-fishing and during the tournament. As always, someone finds them and puts together a winning combination. 

Robert and Todd Dent, Illinois, came back to defend their title and win for the second straight year with a seven crappie limit weighing 10.56 pounds. The Dents were one pole fishing with 12’ Ozark Rods in the buck brush with their own hand tied Papa Dent black and white jigs. “Pre fishing was the key to our win. Knowing exactly which bushes to fish so we weren’t wasting any time” stated Robert Dent. The Dents, sponsored by Ozark Rods, took home a check for $4250.00 which included a $250.00 bonus, donated by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol, for using E10 gasoline in their boat and a combo set of Ozark Rods. 

Billy and Scott Williams Win The Alabama State Championship

Prattville, AL welcomed 60 anglers from nine different states for the Alabama State Championship to compete on the big fish waters of the Alabama River and Lake Jordan. Anglers were in attendance for a Meet the Pros night at the Bass Pro Shops in Prattville and for a Media and VIP fish off that preceded the Championship. Pre fishing conditions were reported as great with warm weather and sunshine for most of the week. After the final weigh in on Championship Saturday, several large Alabama slabs were weighed and a first time winner emerged. 

The Johnson Fishing Team of Billy and Scott Williams, Georgia, weighed in a two day total of 24.37 pounds to win their first Crappie Masters event and were crowned the 2016 Alabama State Champions. The father and son team were long line trolling with a combination of 10,12, and 16 foot BnM Trolling Poles, Stren line, and Johnson Shad Tube jigs, mostly in blue and chartreuse while catching their crappie in 12-20 foot of water, 8-10 foot down. Team Williams fish from a Ranger boat equipped with a Minn Kota trolling motor and Humminbird electronics. They took home a check for $4500.00 which included a $500.00 bonus, donated by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol, for using E10 gasoline in their boat and are sponsored by Johnson Fishing, BnM Poles, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Driftmaster, and K2 Coolers. 

Cox and Hockett Win on Lake Eufaula


Saturday, April 23, Crappie Masters returned to Oklahoma on the beautiful waters of Lake Eufaula. Despite the heavy rains early in the week which caused the lake to rapidly rise and muddy up, pre-fishing and tournament day weather was perfect and allowed the anglers to catch lots of fish and produce big Lake Eufaula crappie for the weigh in.


For the second time this season, the Ozark Rod team of David Cox and Steve Hockett, Missouri, topped the field with an impressive weight of 12.09 pounds to take home the first place prize of $3800.00. Fishing from a Ranger boat powered by Mercury Motors, a Minn Kota trolling motor and Humminbird electronics, the team stated they caught their tournament fish while one pole fishing standing timber with 10’ Ozark Rods in 6-9 foot of water and catching their fish 5 foot deep on 3” orange and chartreuse jigs tipped with minnows. Cox and Hockett also weighed in the big crappie of the tournament at 2.33 pounds to win an additional $658.00 plus were awarded a $250.00 bonus, donated by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol, for using E10 gasoline in their boat. David and Steve are sponsored by Ozark Rods and Anglers Port Marine. 

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