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Kannall And Fields Ride High Winds, High Waves, And High Weights To Victory PDF Print

Following a strong cold front, predicted high winds, and dangerous boating conditions, all of which presented a challenge for the 43 teams that participated in the Crappie Masters sponsored by The Renewable Fuels Association “Ethanol Fueled With Pride”, American Ethanol, and Bass Pro Shops Carlyle Lake, Illinois 2019 Early Bird Kickoff National Qualifier held October 20, 2018 hosted by The City of Carlyle, and Clinton County Tourism.

It became apparent early in the weigh-in that 2018 weights would far eclipse those in 2017 at Carlyle Lake and no team displayed that more than the local team of Anthony Kannall and Mike Fields who literally shocked the crowd topping the scales with an eye popping 7 fish limit that weighed 11.27 pounds with a monster 2.85 kicker fish, the eventual Big Fish of the tournament, putting the rest of the field on notice that they were there to win. Kannall and Fields knew there were good fish in the area they chose to fish from productive pre-fishing. With years of experience on the lake, tournament day turned into a day they didn’t even expect, and it started early at 8:30 when Fields set the hook on the 2.85 pound crappie, which was followed up about 10 minutes later when Kannall hooked into a 2.30 of his own. The team stated they stuck to their game plan to fill out their limit and that once the wind got stronger their bite went away, but all they needed was secured in the livewell. The team went old school, corking with red and chartreuse Jigs in 7 to 10 feet of water over brush piles on the main lake. They also credited their Humminbird Electronics to keep on and finding the structure in the wind. Kannall and Fields took home $3,500.00 for the victory, $602.00 for Big Fish of the tournament, and an additional $250.00 for using E10 fuel in their boat compliments of The Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol.

President Trump Announces E15 – What does it mean to me? PDF Print

On Tuesday night in Iowa, President Trump announced that his Administration would allow E15 (15% ethanol, 85% gasoline) to be sold year-round in the United States. The amount of misinformation and confusion that has followed has been amazing, and the intent of this is short article is to help correct the record. 


E15 was approved in 2012 for 2001 and newer vehicles. It is NOT approved for older vehicles, boats, motorcycles, small engines or off-road vehicles. EPA required a new label that helps describe to consumers what engines can and cannot use the fuel (label shown here) to avoid any misfueling. This label must appear on every fuel dispenser offering E15, and those stations are inspected for compliance by an EPA contractor. After more than 6 years in the marketplace, there has not been one case of misfuelling. 


The announcement from the President meant that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will start a rulemaking process to allow E15 to be sold in conventional gasoline markets year-round. Essentially, we are talking about approving an additional 3.5 months of the year for 70% of the population. Today, E15 can only be sold during the summer months in 30% of the country, mostly major metropolitan areas that have issues with air quality. This process is long and requires an open comment period. If and when EPA approves the proposed rule, E15 can be sold year-round in all of the country. 


E15 is found in 30 states today and growing. It is usually 88 octane and sold for a lower price than E10. E15 does not replace E10 (10% ethanol), which is approved by every boat engine manufacturer. It is merely an additional choice at the pump. There is no push for an E15 mandate, and no one is suggesting you fuel your boat with E15. 


In closing, E10 or E0 will always be available to power your boats and all your engines that are not approved for E15. You will never see E15 at a marina. There is no reason to fear this announcement or the future of fuels. I encourage you to read the labeling on the fuel dispensers when at your fuel retailer of choice and make sure the fuel you are choosing is right for that engine. 


Boat safe, fuel right! 

Carlyle Lake, Carlyle, Illinois, October 20, 2018 PDF Print

Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail will hold an Early Bird National Qualifier, October 20, 2018 on Carlyle Lake, Carlyle, Illinois. Sponsored by Renewable Fuels Association "Ethanol Fueled With Pride", American Ethanol, Bass Pro Shops, City of Carlyle, The Fish House, and Clinton County Tourism, the tournament will qualify anglers for the 2019 National Championship to be held on Grenada Lake, Grenada, Mississippi. 

Late registration is on Friday, October 19, Mariner’s Village Conference Center 1 Resort Drive, Carlyle, IL 62231. Registration and voucher pick-up will begin at 5:00PM with the rules meeting beginning at 6:30PM. 

\Weigh in will be at Dam West Boat Ramp. Anglers will fish from 7:30AM to 4:00PM and must be in the weigh-in line by 5:00PM. The weigh in is open to the public.

Special thanks to local sponsors that include: City of Carlyle, Clinton County Tourism, Mariner's Village, Hazlet Cottages on Carlyle Lake, Center Stone Inn & Suites, MAX 96.7 FM WCXO, Henkel's Hook & Arrow, The Keys Restaurant & Lounge, K and J Chevrolet, and Boat Works. 

Special thanks to our National Sponsors that include: Renewable Fuels Association, American Ethanol, Bass Pro Shops, Missouri Corn Growers Association, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Ozark Rods, Mercury Motors, Power-Pole, Jenko Fishing, Muddy Water Baits, Millennium Marine, Bobby Garland Crappie Baits, Off Shore Tackle, B’n'M Poles, Navionics, Spike-It, On This Side Catering, American Angler, Midsouth Tackle, Slider, Honey Hole Outdoors, Crappie Now, Crappieholic, Timmy Tom’s Jig Company, Marine Metal Products, Valley Fashions, Everharts Outdoor Store, ProBuilt Jigs, Lake Fork Trophy Lures, The Original Rod Sox, Fish N Tools, Quickfire, Fish-D-Funk, Ardent, Crazy Angler, Skipper’s Jigs, Denali Rods, Foxy Fishing Gear, HH Rods, Rod Safe,, Monster Crappie Media and Huffman Publishing, and KMMO Brad & Brian in the Outdoors.

Rogers And Mead Make Statement Winning First National Championship PDF Print

In what some might call a minor shocker, the young gun team of Mathew Rogers and Baylor Mead outlasted a stellar 150 boat field and let them know they plan to be a force for years to come in claiming the 2018 Crappie Masters sponsored by The Renewable Fuels Association “Ethanol Fueled With Pride”, American Ethanol, and Bass Pro Shops National Championship September 26-29, 2018 at Truman Lake in Clinton, MO hosted by the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, Benton County Tourism, The Missouri Corn Growers Association, and Everhart’s Outdoor Store on a nearly perfect weather weekend. Rogers and Mead both 21 years of age, were able to control nerves, stay focused on their plan even with a couple of minor fronts passing through during the week, and capitalize on recent success to go wire to wire for the victory. With the teams starting point decided, Rogers and Mead found success early on when they boated a 2.11 pound fish which turned out to be the biggest fish of the National Championship, and they where off to the races eventually taking the day 1 lead weighing in 11.19 pounds on 7 fish. National Championship Saturday started differently as the bite had slowed for the team so they made the first of 2 key decisions that led the win, and that was moving quicker from locations which did produce keeper fish but not the quality they were looking for to reach their projected weight of 10 pounds they felt would give them a legitimate opportunity to win the tournament which led to a second critical decision, to return to the area that produced the biggest fish over the week and they chose right as the bigger fish returned and Rogers and Mead were able upgrade significantly in the final 90 minutes of competition reaching their stated goal of 10 pounds exactly totaling 21.19 pounds on 14 fish and claiming the $30,000.00 top prize along with an additional $2,100.00 for the 2.11 pound big fish, and the $2,000.00 Missouri Corn Growers Association/American Ethanol bonus for using E10 fuel in their boat. Rogers and Mead fished various depths generally from 3 to 12 feet using Rogers homemade Jigs catching fish as most teams just off the bottom. Rogers also said that really honing in his knowledge of their Electronics was vitally important to finding the locations where the bigger fish had moved. Rogers and Mead are sponsored by Outlaw Rods.

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