Local team Vic Finkley and Kim Gray are Mississippi State Champions PDF Print

Grenada, Mississippi was the host of the Rockport Rattler Mississippi State Championship on Grenada Lake this past week. Warm temperatures and hot pre-fishing days were setting up a new run at record weights again on the World’s number one rated crappie fishing lake, but again Mother Nature said hold on. A major cold front passed through on Thursday night which brought high winds and cold temperatures in for the tournament days along with a little sleet and snow at times. However, this did not stop the 108 boat field from delivering the impressive weights you are used to seeing on Grenada Lake.

The hometown team of Vic Finkley and Kim Gray took the day one lead with an impressive weight of 18.75 pounds and followed that up with a day two total of 15.80 pounds for a combined weight of 34.55 pounds and earned the title of Mississippi State Champions. The team stated they were fishing in a creek channel in 8-12 foot of water that was bordered by water covered grass and weeds, catching the staging females just two foot deep under the surface. Finkley and Gray were spider rigging with their BnM Poles baited up with Midsouth Black and Chartreuse tube jigs while using a Minn Kota trolling motor and Humminbird Electronics. The win earned the Midsouth Tackle sponsored team $7000.00 which included a $500.00 bonus donated by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol for using E10 gasoline in their outboard motor and a $100.00 Bass Pro Shops gift card for the top Male/Female Team.

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Lake D'Arbonne, Ruston, LA, April 18, 2015 PDF Print

Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail will hold a national qualifier April 18, 2015 on Lakes D’Arbonne, Caney and Claiborne near Ruston, LA. Sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Marine and Nitro Boats, Humminbird, Minn Kota, and Ruston Lincoln Parish CVB, the tournament will qualify anglers for the 2015 National Championship to be held on Kentucky Lake, Paris, Tennessee. 

Late registration is on April 17, 2015 at Lincoln Parish Library 910 N Trenton, Ruston, LA 71270. 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 North Louisiana Fairgrounds 165 Fairground Rd, Ruston, LA 71270. Anglers will fish from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM and must be in line by 4:30 PM. The weigh in is open to the public.

A free kids fishing rodeo will be held on Saturday, April 18 at Lake D’Arbonne State Park 3628 Evergreen Rd, Farmerville, LA 71241. 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. Kids will need to bring their own poles and bait.

Special thanks to local sponsors that include: Ruston Lincoln Parish CVB, Claiborne Parish, Union Parish, Jackson Parish, Comfort Inn, Days Inn, Lester's On The Lake, Z 107.5, ESPN 97.7, The Peach 99.3, and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriot.

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, Ozark Rods, Martin Metal, 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, Lake Fork Trophy Lures, The Original Rod Sox, B’n’M Poles, Slider, Crappie Now, Bug Band, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, KeepAlive, Wild River, Crappieholic, Valley Fashions, Ziptailz, Off Shore Tackle, Navionics, Zeko Shoes, Southern Tackleworks, Fizards, Silent Stalker, Rod Safe, Timbuktu Outdoors, Gator Guards, Hook Line & Threader, Skinzit, Crazy Angler, Stump Jumper Series, Rig Rap, American Angler, Fish Balls, Monster Crappie Media and Huffman Publishing, and KMMO Brad & Brian in the Outdoors. 

Next on the Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail will be a national qualifier April 25, 2015 on Beaver Lake, Fayetteville, AR.

 
Blackley and Vancleave Strike on Lake Washington PDF Print

Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail held a national qualifier, March 14, 2015 in Greenville, Mississippi with fishable waters including lakes Washington, Lee, Paradise, Ferguson, and Whittington. Sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Marine and Nitro Boats, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Greenville/Washington County Mississippi Tourism and Visitors Bureau, the tournament qualified anglers for the 2015 National Championship to be held on Kentucky Lake, Paris, Tennessee.

Lake Washington was yet again the stage for another exciting finish on one of the country’s premier big crappie lakes as 184 anglers from 17 states competed for over $22,000.00 in cash and prizes. Tournament week presented many challenges to the quality field with Mother Nature playing a major role to the changing weather patterns daily and sometimes hourly to stay with the quality of fish needed to win this one-day tournament.

With an early mark of sixteen pounds being set, it became clear it was going to take an exceptional limit of crappie to secure the win and did it ever. Tim Blackley and Jackie Vancleave were one of the final teams to come to the scale and shocked the crowd and fellow anglers with an astounding weight of 17.95 pounds to secure their third Crappie Masters tournament win. Blackley and Vancleave sealed the victory with an impressive 3.22 pound Lake Washington slab to take home the big fish of the tournament honors as well. The team was fishing from their Ranger Boat powered by Mercury Motors in six to seven foot waters, using a Minn Kota Trolling Motor to slow troll at .2 to .3 mph, catching their crappie 24 inches deep on BnM poles. Blackley and Vancleave stated the keys to their win were maintaining the right speed and using double jig trolling rigs with Strike King Slabalicious Paddle Tails pink/chartreuse jigs tipped with tiny minnows. The team won $7,200.00 which included $5,000.00 for the win, $1,274.00 for the big fish pot, $500.00 for breaking the Crappie Masters big fish target weight along with a $200.00 bonus from Mitchell Distributing for the Budweiser Big Crappie of the tournament, and $250.00 from the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol for using E10 gasoline in their boat. Blackley and Vancleave are sponsored by Strike King, Vicious, Drift Master, Ranger, Mercury, Abernathy Power Sports and Simms Fishing.

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lake of the ozarks, mo, april, 2015 PDF Print

Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail will hold a national qualifier and first leg of the Missouri State Championship April 11, 2015 on Lake of the Ozarks, Sunrise Beach, Missouri Sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Marine and Nitro Boats, Humminbird, Minn Kota, and Captain Ron's Bar & Grill, the tournament will qualify anglers for the 2015 National Championship to be held on Kentucky Lake, Paris, Tennessee. 

Late registration is on April 10, 2015 at Captain Ron’s, Lake Rd 5-50 Sunrise Beach, MO. 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 Captain Ron’s. Anglers will fish from 7:00 AM to 3:30 PM and must be in line by 4:30 PM. The weigh in is open to the public.

A free kids fishing rodeo will be held on Saturday, April 11 at Captain Ron’s. 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. Kids will need to bring their own poles and bait.

Special thanks to local sponsors that include: Captain Ron's Bar & Grill, The Lake House Inn, Deepwater Inn, KS95 95.1FM, Sleep Inn, Lake West Marine, The Bank of Versailles, Sport World Boat Center, Chance's R Restaurant, Gates Corporation, Tupelo Honey's Restaurant, Auto & Boat Center II, Citizens Bank, Ship's Marina, and Beckman's Farm Market.

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, Ozark Rods, Martin Metal, 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, Lake Fork Trophy Lures, The Original Rod Sox, B’n’M Poles, Slider, Crappie Now, Bug Band, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, KeepAlive, Wild River, Crappieholic, Valley Fashions, Ziptailz, Off Shore Tackle, Navionics, Zeko Shoes, Southern Tackleworks, Fizards, Silent Stalker, Rod Safe, Timbuktu Outdoors, Gator Guards, Hook Line & Threader, Skinzit, Crazy Angler, Stump Jumper Series, Rig Rap, American Angler, Fish Balls, Monster Crappie Media and Huffman Publishing, and KMMO Brad & Brian in the Outdoors. 

Next on the Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail will be a national qualifier April 18, 2015 on Lake D’Arbonne, Ruston, LA. 

 

 
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