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Making proper decisions and willingness to go against what history had taught them, gave Hall of Famer Paul Alpers, MO, and partner Phillip Haynes, MO, a come from behind victory at the 2017 Crappie Masters National Championship. Sponsored by The Renewable Fuels Association "Ethanol fueled with pride", American Ethanol, and Bass Pro Shops and locally hosted by the Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Washington County Board of Supervisors, the City of Lake Village, the Lake Village Economic Development Committee, and the Lake Village Chamber of Commerce, one hundred and twenty five teams came to Greenville, Mississippi and Lake Village, Arkansas, September 20-23, to participate on Lakes Washington, Chicot, Ferguson, Whittington, Lee, and Paradise locally hosted by the Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Washington County Board of Supervisors, the City of Lake Village, the Lake Village Economic Development Committee, and the Lake Village Chamber of Commerce.


What turned to be a hot, but near perfect weather day with light winds turned out to be an exciting pressure cooker with numerous positions on the line at the Crappie Masters, sponsored by The Renewable Fuels Association "Ethanol Fueled With Pride", American Ethanol, and Bass Pro Shops, Truman Lake National Qualifier and final leg of the Missouri State Championship, hosted by Missouri Corn and locally by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce August 19th. With big money on the line and year end positions to be decided, a stellar field of 85 boats, spotty and sporadic bite challenged the field that didn't disappoint with some of the best teams nationwide rising to the top of the leaderboard. When the smoke cleared the Power Pole team of Charles and Travis Bunting accomplished something that has eluded them, a major tournament victory on Truman Lake, topping the elite field with a seven fish limit that weighed 10.40 pounds, outdistancing the second place team of Tamie McGrann and Bruce Sprague who weighed in a strong 9.67 pounds, and the third place team of Matt Beckman and Jeff Lewis who continued a Truman Lake hot streak with a 9.39 pound weight. Team Bunting credited their Mercury Motor, Humminbird Electronics, Minn Kota Trolling Motor, and especially their Power Poles and drift paddles for allowing them to spider rig B’n’M Poles at a snail’s pace of nearly still to .01 miles per hour which was the key to triggering the bite in two to ten feet of water on the bottom using an orange and glow Muddy Water Bait which Travis makes. For the win Charles and Travis took home $4000.00 along with the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol Bonus of $250.00, combined with the Jenko Fishing $100.00 bonus for using Jenko Fishing products, and the $250.00 Power Pole Captain’s Cash bonus, totaling $4600.00. The Buntings are sponsored by Power Pole, B n M Poles, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Muddy Water Baits, Tite-Lok, Off Shore Tackle, Dub-L-Seat, Balzout, Ranger Boats, Mercury Motors, Engel Coolers, Missouri Gold Fish Hatchery, and Pro's Choice Marine. 


With unseasonably cool August weather and beautiful conditions, fishing on Mark Twain Lake was anything but hot for many of the 67 teams competing in the Crappie Masters Mark Twain Lake National Qualifier, sponsored by The Renewable Fuels Association "Ethanol fueled with pride", American Ethanol, Bass Pro Shops and the Missouri Corn Growers Association. The exception of the rule was the winning team of Brad Ruyle and Reggie Riedinger who blew out the field by nearly two pounds over the second place team of Tony Edgar and Travis Lepley with an astounding Championship weight of 9.21 pounds compared to Edgar and Lepley's 7.31 pounds. Ruyle and Riedinger powered their boat and Mercury Motor to an area not being fished by other competitors after minimal success early on Championship Saturday. They used their Humminbird electronics and Minn Kota Trolling Motor to identify quality fish and one pole fished Ozark Rods with Elite black and chartreuse hair jigs they manufacture in four to five feet of water, catching the better fish two feet down. The Champions credited patience as their key to victory.  Ruyle and Riedinger collected $4000.00 for the win as well as taking home an additional $250.00 from The Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol for using E10 fuel in their boat. The win backs up their victory earlier in the first leg of the Missouri State Championship at the Lake of the Ozarks setting them up to claim that state championship which they just lost out on in 2016.  Ruyle and Riedinger are sponsored by Elite Jig Company and Ozark Rods.

Truman Lake, Clinton, MO, August 19, 2017 PDF Print

Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail will hold a National Qualifier and final leg of the Missouri State Championship August 19, 2017 on Truman Lake, Clinton, Missouri. Sponsored by Renewable Fuels Association, American Ethanol, Bass Pro Shops, and the Clinton Chamber of Commerce, the tournament will qualify anglers for the 2017 National Championship to be held on Lake Washington, Greenville, Mississippi. 


Late registration is on Friday, August 18 at the Benson Center1008 E Sedalia Ave, Clinton, MO 64735. Registration and voucher pick-up will begin at 5:00PM with the rules meeting beginning at 6:30PM.


Weigh in will be at Everhart’s Sporting Goods511 Hillcrest Drive, Clinton, MO 64735. Anglers will fish from 6:30AM to 3:00PM and must be in the weigh-in line by 4:00PM. The weigh in is open to the public.


A free kids fishing rodeo will be held on Saturday, August 19 at the Missouri Conservation Department – Clinton 2010 South 2nd Street, Clinton, MO 64735. Kids will register from 8:00AM to 9:00AM and will fish from 9-10:30AM. All kids will receive a prize. Kids will need to bring their own poles and bait.

Special thanks to local sponsors that include: Hampton Inn, Westbridge Inn and Suites, Everharts Outdoor Store, KDKD 95.3, Hawthorn Bank, Benson Center, The Wood Shed, Puddle Jumper's, Walmart, Slugger's 66, and Golden Corral.

Special thanks to our National Sponsors that include: Renewable Fuels Association, American Ethanol, Bass Pro Shops, Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council, Missouri Corn Growers Association, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Bobby Garland Crappie Baits, Prefish Gear, Power-Pole, Heartland Fish Fry, Ozark Rods, Skinzit, Mercury Motors, Millennium Marine, Off Shore Tackle, Jenko Fishing, Navionics, Spike-It, B’n'M Poles, Tite Lok Rod Holders, Midsouth Tackle, Slider, Crappie Now, Crappieholic, American Angler, Timmy Tom’s Jig Company, Valley Fashions, Crazy Angler, Grizzly Jig Company, Everharts Outdoor Store, Marine Metal Products, Fish-D-Funk, Ardent, Rod Safe, Zeko Shoes, Crappie King Cakes, Lake Fork Trophy Lures, The Original Rod Sox,, Monster Crappie Media and Huffman Publishing, and KMMO Brad & Brian in the Outdoors.

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