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Skarlis and Steinfeldt are the 2013 National Champions!

Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters crowned the 2013 National Champions on September 28th in Grenada, MS.  Sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Marine, Humminbird, Minn Kota and the Grenada Tourism Commission, the tournament was a challenge for even the best in the United States.

192 teams competed for the top honors as fishing conditions challenged anglers to weigh in 7 fish each day.  Only 7 teams were able to weigh the limit of fish on both days.  Lake levels were drawn down a few weeks earlier than previous years as dam maintenance began.  Finding fish and getting bites was frustrating for many anglers as some caught good fish in pre fishing only to have difficulties during the tournament, while others caught more fish on tournament day than pre fishing.

The Do-It Molds-Navionic’s fishing team of Tommy Skarlis and Kyle Steinfeldt from Iowa figured it out, using a walleye fishing technique of pulling crank baits with Off Shore’s In-line planers boards.   The team weighed in 13.13 lbs. on day one and was sitting in third place.   On day two they took the hot seat near the end of the competition with only two teams left to weigh.  They had 14.70 (the biggest basket of the tournament) on the second day, for a two-day total of 27.83 lbs.

Big Fish Grenada Lake - 2013 National Championship September 25-28

Big fish Grenada Lake is the home of the 2013 National Championship.  Sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Marine, Hummi nbird, Minn Kota, Mercury and the Grenada Tourism Commission the 2013 National Championship will be in Grenada, MS. where anglers are excited to fish for the big fish.  Winning weights at previous Grenada Lake National Championships have averaged over 2 lbs. per crappie.   Last years National Champions, Power Poles Charles and Travis Bunting will be attempting to defend their crown.

The championship week of activities will kick off on Wednesday, September 25th.  Angler registration will be from noon to 3 pm.  Sponsors and vendors showcase will be from 10 am to 3 pm.  Both will be held at Taylor Hall, 600 Butler Str., Grenada, MS. 38901.  Fishing off limits is noon to midnight on Wednesday, September 25th.

The welcome banquet and seminar will be September the 25th at 6 pm.  Entertainment will be at 6:30 pm followed by the seminar and yearly awards.  The banquet will be at the new Event Center, 4461 Commerce Str., Grenada, MS.

Thursday, September the 26th will be the media vip and youth scholarship fish off.  Anglers, media and youth will meet at 7 am at the Grenada Lake Landing.   Fishing time will be 7 am to 11:30 am followed by a luncheon and awards.

Albin Wins Ultimate Big Fish Challenge

Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters held the first annual Ultimate Big Fish Challenge on Truman Lake on September 7th.   The tournament paid out over $5400.00 in total cash prizes.   The big fish of the tournament was weighed in by Jackie Albin with a 1.90 lb. crappie.  Albin was the 7-10 am winner and the overall winner.  Second overall was Chad Maupin with a 1.87 lb. big fish.  Third overall was Richard Bowling with a 1.82 lb. crappie, whom was also the 10-1 pm winner. The 1-4 pm winner was Aaron Engelhart with a 1.45 lb. crappie.  The youth was Hunter Bowling (Lower Right) with a 1.15 lb. crappie.

Martin Metal's McGhee and Brooks are the 2013 Angler Team of the Year

Martin Metal's team, Brian McGhee and Don Brooks (right) wrapped up the Angler Team of the Year award at Truman Lake.  The finished with a total of 1152 points just outing the second place team of Jeff Riddle and Dave Maddux (bottom) with 1146 points.  The 2013 Angler Team of the Year awards will be presented at the National Championship.   The 2013 points race was determined by the accumulated points of each teams 6 best finishes with one tournament being a one pole Ultimate Challenge.

Mark Engelhart and Michael Dunn Win Truman and Missouri State Championship

Mark Engelhart and Michael Dunn won the August 24th Truman Lake tournament with a total weight of 10.22 lbs. The team also became the 2013 Missouri State Champions by having the highest combined points (580) of the three legs of the state championship.   The Vicious team was one poling with minnows on the bottom in 4-5 foot waters.  They used Mercury motor, Humminbird electronics and BnM poles.

Second place was David Cox and Steve Hockett with 10.22 lbs.   The team caught fish in 8-11 foot depths fishing 12-20 foot waters.  They were jigging using Ozark rods, Mercury motor, Humminbird electronics and tipping jigs with minnows.

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