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Ned Rutledge and Bobby Garland Memorial Crappie Tournament honors fishing legends and benefits other stroke victims
Ned Rutledge and Bobby Garland Memorial Crappie Tournament
honors fishing legends and benefits other stroke victims

CLINTON, Mo. (Oct. 11, 2013) - The first Ned Rutledge and Bobby Garland Memorial Crappie Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 19, on Missouri's Truman Lake in honor of the late Ned Rutledge and Bobby Garland to benefit the National Stroke Association (NSA).


The one-day crappie tournament is a team format open to one or two anglers per boat, with a $75 per team entry fee required for participation, which includes a $10 entry into the big fish competition. Prize payouts are based on 80 percent of the entry fees going toward team prizes and 20 percent being presented as a donation to the NSA. Big crappie is 100 percent payout.

Crappie Masters Announces New Gold Level Membership

Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters tournament trail announces a new GOLD Level Membership.  The Gold Level Membership includes, membership to fish tournaments, member magazine, a Crappie Masters fishing jersey from Valley Fashions and entry into a championship drawing.

Gold members may choose a short sleeve or long sleeve jersey.  The jersey  (pictured right) will have the members name on the jersey and the member’s choice of boat, motor and electronic brand logos.

All Gold members will be entered into a drawing for an all expense paid trip to the 2014 National Championship to be held on Lake Washington, Greenville, MS.   The trip includes a paid entry, 4 hotel nights, $200.00 in Bass Pro Shops gift cards and $200.00 cash!

Tosh and Ash Win Youth Scholarships

Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters Youth Scholarship Championship brought nine youth from around the United States to compete for college scholarships.

The youth were randomly drawn from participants in Crappie Masters kids fishing rodeos.  Crappie Masters holds a free fishing rodeo at each event for kids were age eligible youth are entered into the drawing for the scholarship competition.  One of the youth participants’ is drawn from the adult-youth teams that fish the Crappie Masters tournament trail and another youth is drawn from Future Fishing Foundation participants.  Morgan Striping, Bug Band, Mid South Tackle, Crappie Masters and Crappie Master anglers sponsored the scholarship.

The excited youth anglers were paired up at the national championship welcome banquet with tournament anglers for a morning of competition.  Two age groups compete and the pairing were as follows:

Championship Week & Rewards

The championship week brought a lot of activities to Grenada, MS.

The week kicked off with anglers registering for the championship and sponsors showing their products and services at the Taylor Hall building in Grenada, MS.

Wednesday night’s welcome banquet had entertainment, food and awards.

The banquet kicked off with the Grenada High School ROTC presenting the colors and local youth, Jamie Muilwyk, giving a great performance, singing the National Anthem.

The event was held at the new Event Center on Commerce Street in Grenada, MS.  A special thanks to Josh and his crew for all the work and effort they put in to getting the facilities ready.




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.

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