Ardent Krappie Kings PDF Print

2016 found many new companies joining the Crappie Masters family. One of those far from new to the fishing industry was Ardent who has been around since 2005 with some of the highest quality reels and rods on the market, revamped and relaunched their vastly improved Krappie Kings line with 2 new sizes of reels, the 500 and 1000 series, along with 3 new rods, a 10, 14, and 16 foot to fit the crappie anglers needs. Ardent Tackle LLC is a designer, manufacturer, and marketer of freshwater fishing tackle including reels, rods, Krappie Kings tackle, Gliss fishing line, the top of the line Reel Klean cleaning products, and Ardent tools with operations in St. Louis and Macon, Missouri. Ardent is an American owned company that designs their products in the USA and manufacturers overseas to deliver the highest performance at the lowest consumer cost.

Every tackle item Ardent produces is the result of professional angling input with the objective of ultimate performance. Ardent reels are backed by a 3 year warranty which is 2 years longer than any other competitor. Any reel returned to them for service under the Ardent warranty will be repaired, and the reel will be professionally cleaned and lubricated, upgraded with any new components, performance tested, and returned to the owner at Ardent's expense within 10 business days of receipt. Repairs for equipment that is out of warranty are available for a minimal charge based on the repair required and the cost of return shipping.

The Ardent Krappie Kings line of reels and rods includes both the 500 and 1000 series spinning reels. Both have 5.1:1 gear ratio, and a 6.6 pound extremely smooth drag system. Both have a lightweight graphite frame, graphite rotor, aluminum handle, 24 inch line retrieve, multi stack oiled and felt stainless steel washers, and a 150 yard line capacity. The Krappie Kings 500 spinning reel features 6 ball bearings, the 1000 has 7, both have 1 infinite anti reverse bearing.  The Krappie Kings rods come in 3 lengths, a 10 foot two piece, and a 14 and 16 foot three piece. All feature ceramic guides, EVA full grip, glow tip to the second guide, an IM6 graphite blank, and 1 year warranty. The Ardent Krappie Kings line also includes terminal tackle as well.

For those of you that enjoy multi species fishing, Ardent has you covered with some of the highest rated gear on the market including the renowned Apex line of bait casting reels, the Force, Bolt, and Finesse spinning reels, Edge high performance casting and spinning rods, combos, the Denny Brauer Pro  Series rods, Gliss line, the recognized industry leader in Ardent Reel Care Products, and all the Ardent tools any angler will need from the Smartcull Pro Culling system, to scales, weigh in bag, multi tools, pliers, even fillet knives.

Ardent is increasing the membership of their Pro Staff program "Team Ardent". If you are interested in being considered email your contact info to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Crappie Masters President Mike Vallentine said; "We are very happy to have an industry recognized leader in quality products like Ardent join the industry recognized leader in tournament crappie fishing, Crappie Masters. Crappie anglers have have long needed a top of the line, high quality reel at an affordable cost and an amazing 3 year warranty. Ardent offers that and Crappie Masters encourages all of you to check out the new Krappie Kings line of reels, rods, and tackle."

If you've never used an Ardent reel, rod, or other tackle item, Ardent invites you to try them. Ardent is confident you will have a great experience, and own equipment that will give you years of fishing enjoyment. See the entire Ardent line up at! Ardent! Rule the water!

RFA (Renewable Fuels Association) Joins Crappie Masters as Co-Title Sponsor PDF Print

The Renewable Fuels Association is proud to announce it will be a co-title sponsor of the Crappie Masters Tournament Trail this year with Bass Pro Shops, in an effort to educate boaters, conservation enthusiasts and consumers about ethanol’s benefits and its use in boats and other marine applications.

Crappie Masters provides a crappie tournament trail that anglers and families can enjoy and compete for prizes.

The sponsorship will focus on ethanol versus the RFA and includes print and TV advertising, as well as a presentation on an episode of Crappier Masters TV. Further, it will include a presence at the tournaments, promotionally wrapped vehicles and boats, and a strong online presence and various social media efforts. Supportive funding from the National Corn Growers Association, as well as a handful of state corn grower organizations, including those from Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Kentucky. Further state corn grower organization support is expected in the coming months.

“We are pleased to co-title sponsor Crappie Masters to help spread the word about ethanol’s benefits to boaters,” said RFA Vice President of Industry Relations Robert White. “There has been a lot of misinformation perpetuated by biofuel opponents surrounding boating and ethanol, but for nearly 30 years, 10 percent ethanol (E10) has been used in all types of marine engines and the fuel blend is approved for use by all major marine engine manufacturers. Additionally, with ethanol’s higher octane rating, it gives boaters an extra power boost, while being the lowest-cost, cleanest-burning, biodegradable fuel on the planet.”

Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters Owner and President Mike Vallentine said, “This is a huge opportunity to partner with these great organizations. We aim to be the face and voice in the fishing and outdoor industry, dispelling myths and educating the public regarding the safe use of E10 in outboard engines. We believe renewable fuels provide fewer emissions, cleaner air, cleaner environment, cleaner water, and healthier fisheries that future generations can enjoy. Ethanol and renewable fuels reduce our dependence on foreign oil, support American farmers, and make a stronger America. Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters is honored to be a partner with the Renewable Fuels Association and ethanol, and look forward to a bright and exciting future working together for a common goal and belief.”

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Matt Morgan and Kent Watson are 2016 Crappie Masters National Champions PDF Print

The 2016 Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters was held this past week on the world’s most famous crappie fishery, Grenada Lake, in Grenada, Mississippi. 187 qualified teams representing 21 different states enjoyed beautiful weather conditions although being challenged with north winds and cold fronts that dropped lake water temperatures by 12-15 degrees. These drops caused the bite to slow tremendously as the week progressed.

Day one produced some great weights at the top but left several teams struggling to weigh in their seven fish limit. Matt Morgan and Kent Watson led the way with an impressive 13.35 pounds, but the top 20 teams were within two pounds of the lead. As the weather stabilized and winds lightened, teams were able to produce higher weights on day two and shake up the top ten at the final weigh in.

How to Kill Cooler Funk! PDF Print

You know the gut-wrenching smell that years of fish slime, blood, leaky milk jugs and a host of rotten nasties leaves in your cooler? Now you can get rid of it quickly without harming your cooler.

Click to read the article How To Kill The Cooler Funk!

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