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Kevin Jones Jr. and Billy Don Surface Lead After Day 1

Day 1 of the 2015 Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters National Championship at Kentucky Lake out of Paris, Tennessee brought some exciting somewhat unexpected surprises as pre-fishing prior to the tournament produced a tough bite and hard to find quality fish. Consistent word was that some teams were catching numbers of fish, but could not produce 7 good weigh in fish for the championship. Day 1 brought more cloud cover, and wind which dramatically hurt many teams who had found the better fish in deeper water along the famed Kentucky Lake ledges. That same northeast wind made it virtually impossible to effectively fish them. For some teams though, the cloud cover and breeze turned their fish on, as was reflected in the Day 1 weights. One team, the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol team of Kevin Jones Jr. and Billy Don Surface took full advantage by taking a nearly unheard of almost pound and a half lead over the field going into Championship Saturday and an opportunity at their first National Championship by weighing in a huge 13.01 pound 7 fish stronger to take the lead over the second place team of Damon Thompson and Dan Porter who weighed in an impressive 11.67. The Roadrunner team of Kyle Schoenherr and Rodney Neuhaus, who have been close to winning the championship before, right behind at 11.61, held down third place. Look out though, lurking in the top ten are reigning Crappie Masters National Champions, the Ozark Rod team of Alan Carter and Tony Shepherd. Big fish of the tournament so far is a 2.78-pound monster weighed in by John Eubanks and Shane Moore. Second big fish is a 2.76 pounder weighed in by the team of Dwayne Craig and Johnny Clary. Championship Saturday will prove to be exciting and pressured packed as only one team in the top twenty has a Crappie Masters National Championship to their name and that's Carter and Shepherd. Download the Day 1 standings here

 
Sponsor Bonuses Announced for National Championship

The following bonuses are available for all teams competing in the 2015 Crappie Masters National Championship, September 23-26, on Kentucky Lake.

Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol Bonus:
$2,000.00 will be awarded to the 1st place team if using E10 gasoline in their boat during the Championship.

Johnson Fishing Bonus:
$1,000.00 will be awarded to the 1st place team if using Johnson products during the Championship.
$250.00 will be awarded to the 2nd -5th place teams if using Johnson products during the Championship.
$500.00 will be awarded to the big fish of the tournament winners if the big fish was caught on a Johnson product.

Rockport Rattle Bonus:
$500.00 will be awarded to the big fish of the tournament winners if the big fish was caught on a Rockport Rattler jig head.

Off Shore Tackle Bonus:
$500.00 will be awarded to the 1st place team if they were using Off Shore Tackle products to catch their winning fish.

Gator Guards Bonus:
$100.00 will be awarded to the 1st place team if the boat being used in the Championship is equipped with a Keel Shield or a Skeg Shield.

 
Morrow And Maupin Are Missouri State Champions

Truman Lake, Clinton, MO was the final destination for the the third leg of the Missouri State Championship. This championship is one of the toughest tests during the year as you compete on three different lakes during different times of the year. After fishing Lake of the Ozarks, Mark Twain Lake, and Truman Lake, the total points from all three events determines the champion.

Barry Morrow and Chad Maupin won the Missouri State Championship this past weekend after winning the Truman Lake event, finishing 7th at Mark Twain Lake, and 10th at Lake of the Ozarks and accumulating 585 points. Both Morrow and Maupin stated they were honored to win this championship while fishing against some of the best anglers in the country and after falling just short in 2014. The team took home a check for $2795.00 which included a bonus of $625.00 donated by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council. They are sponsored by Crappie Town, Stump Junmper, Off Shore Tackle, Perotti Rod Holders, Beaver Bottom Baits, Gideon Hooks, and Huckabee Rods. 

Charles and Travis Bunting finished second in the Championship with a total of 575 points. The Buntings are sponsored by Power Pole, BnM Poles, Humminbird, MinnKota, Muddy Water Baits, Tite-Lok, and Ranger. They received a check for $1677.00 which included a $375.00 bonus donated by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council. 

Third place went to the father and son team of Mark and Aaron Engelhart with 559 points. Their winnings totaled $1118.00 which included a $250.00 bonus donated by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council. 

Each team that competed in all three legs of the Missouri State Championship were entered into a cash drawing of $750.00 donated by the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council. One hundred and sixty different teams entered at least one of the tournaments and twenty four teams fished all three. The drawing winner for the $750.00 was the team of Ed Edgar and Lenny Austin. Special thanks for the additiional $2000.00 in prize money for the Missouri State Championship goes out to the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council.  

 
Morrow and Maupin Win Again On Truman

The final national qualifier for the 2015 regular season took place on Saturday, August, 22 on Truman Lake. Richard Bowling, local guide, stated this was the toughest fishing conditions for crappie he had ever seen on Truman. However, 149 anglers from thirteen different states traveled to Clinton, MO and battled the tough conditions and as always, someone has to figure them out and be crowned Champions. 

Truman Lake One Pole Ultimate Challenge Winners, Barry Morrow and Chad Maupin, posted an impressive 8.83 pounds on a seven crappie limit to take home their second win in 2015. The team stated the bite was slow and patience was the key. Morrow and Maupin were one pole jig fishing and concentrating on submerged natural lake structure catching their crappie in 7-9 foot of water, just off the bottom. They were using a combination of Bobby Garland, Mid South, and Beaver Bottom black and chartreuse jigs. Barry and Chad are sponsored by Crappie Town, Stump Jumper, Off Shore Tackle, Beaver Bottom Baits, Perotti Rod holders, Gideon Hooks, and Huckabee Rods. They took home checks totaling $7045.00, which included a $250.00 bonus, donated by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol, for using E10 gasoline in their boat.

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Mark and Chris Hatcher Take Mark Twain

Mark Twain Lake was the site, Saturday, August 8th, for the second leg of the Missouri State Championship as seventy one teams from ten different states came to get in position for the State Championship, Angler Team of the Year points race, and try to claim the Mark Twain title. Tournament anglers were reporting catching as many as 100-150 crappie per day during pre fishing with many of those not meeting the nine inch length limit. Great weather and a slow steady drop in the lake level made for another exciting tournament with one team finding the right combination.

Mark and Chris Hatcher became first time winners on the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail by weighing in a seven crappie limit of 7.30 pounds. The Hatchers were spider rigging in 5-10 foot waters with BnM Trolling Poles and Capps and Coleman double minnow rigs, catching their bigger crappie in the 8 foot range, 4-6 foot deep. They stated that moving back and forth in shallow water produced the biggest fish during pre fishing so sticking to this game plan was their goal. The game plan payed off by cashing in a $4250.00 check which included a $250.00 bonus, donated by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol for using E10 gasoline in their boat.

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