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CRITICAL DECISIONS LEAD PHILLIPS TO ALABAMA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP PDF Print

Adjustments, weather, patience, consistency, and a bit of redemption were all in play at the Crappie Masters Alabama State Championship, sponsored by The Renewable Fuels Association "Ethanol Fueled With Pride", American Ethanol, Bass Pro Shops, Elmore County Commission, and the City of Prattville, on the Alabama River and Lake Jordan, May 5th & 6th.

The local husband and wife team of Jonathan and Alicia Phillips made a key strategic decision on Championship Saturday that would ultimately lead them to their first Crappie Masters title and first Alabama State Championship in front of family and friends. Team Phillips topped the scales with 14 fish weighing 23.89 pounds to leap frog over day one leaders Collier Hunt and Ken Fisher who went into Championship Saturday with a nearly two pound lead but faltered on Saturday to collect $5000.00 for the win plus taking home the additional Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol $500.00 bonus for using E10 fuel in their boat, along with another $100.00 Jenko Fishing Bonus for using their products bringing their Championship winnings to $5600.00. Jonathan and Alicia also won a $100.00 Grizzly Jig Company certificate for being the top Male/Female team of the Championship. The Phillips’ have been in the top 10 in prior Crappie Masters events, falling just short before. This tournament was not to be another as the Phillips checked weather forecasts, lake knowledge, and went into the Crappie Masters Alabama State Championship with a solid plan, however on day two, Jonathan and Alicia made a brave, but winning decision abandoning the teams plans to spider rig and/or long line Lake Jordan due to heavy boat traffic and chose to one pole structure Jonathan had seen produce before, but due to weather fluctuations hadn't been, until Championship Saturday when it all came together as Jonathan stated; " like it should be this time of year"!  Jonathan who guides on Lake Jordan, used his Mercury Motor, Humminbird electronics and Minn Kota trolling Motor to identify structures that held quality fish, spider rigging on day one, but single poling them on day two using minnows and Jigs in 12 to 15 feet of water with the better bite in the 12 foot area. The Phillips’ stated the keys to victory were patience, being consistent, and Alicia's insistence on fishing Lake Jordan on Championship Saturday as opposed to the river. Jonathan and Alicia Phillips are sponsored by Road Runner, ACC Crappie Stix, Ziptailz, Slab Slobber, Dub-L-Seat, Tru-Turn Hooks, Driftmaster, Corn Field Crappie Gear, Airport Marine, and Silent Stalker.

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Big Crappie Challenge, Truman Lake, Clinton, MO, May, 20, 2017 PDF Print

Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail will hold a Big Crappie Challenge May 20, 2017 on Truman Lake, Clinton, Missouri. Sponsored by Renewable Fuels Association, American Ethanol, Bass Pro Shops, and Clinton Chamber of Commerce

Late registration is on Friday, May 19 at Everhart’s Sporting Goods 511 Hillcrest Drive, Clinton, MO 64735. Registration and voucher pick-up will be from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

There will be two different weigh-in locations for this event Talley Bend Boat Ramp 8950 NE HWY C, Lowry City, MO 64763, and Deepwater Boat Ramp at the end of SE 700 Rd, Deepwater, MO. Anglers will fish from 7:00AM to 10:00AM, 10:00AM to 1:00PM, and 1:00pm to 4:00pm, weighing in one crappie before the end each session. 

The awards ceremony will be Saturday, May 20 at Everhart’s Sporting Goods 511 Hillcrest Drive, Clinton, MO 64735 at 5:30pm. The awards ceremony is open to the public.

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, Crappie.com, Monster Crappie Media and Huffman Publishing, and KMMO Brad & Brian in the Outdoors.

 
GRANT AND MATHENY GO WIRE TO WIRE FOR AN EMOTIONAL VICTORY AT THE AMERICAN ETHANOL KENTUCKY/TENNESSEE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP! PDF Print

Facing rising and falling water conditions and the expectation of high winds, it was a true test for the fifty eight teams that took to the waters of Kentucky and Barkley Lakes at the Crappie Masters American Ethanol Kentucky/Tennessee State Championship, sponsored by The Renewable Fuels Association "Ethanol Fueled With Pride", American Ethanol, and Bass Pro Shops, April 28th and 29th out of Paris, Tennessee.

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Buntings Blow Out Of Eufaula With Hard Earned Victory PDF Print

The Power Pole team of Charlie and Travis Bunting battled high winds, cold temperatures and a strong field to take home the championship at the Crappie Masters One Day National Qualifier on Lake Eufaula, OK, sponsored by The Renewable Fuels Association "Ethanol Fueled With Pride", American Ethanol, Bass Pro Shops, and the Lake Eufaula Association. Mother Nature gave the teams who chose to battle her, all they could handle providing beautiful weather with reports of 200 fish per day catches until the day before the tournament. Friday morning brought extremely severe thunderstorms prior to daybreak and again during the noon hour leaving behind rising water, cold temperatures, and 25-30 mph winds to deal with on Championship Saturday making many areas on the expansive Lake Eufaula unreachable, and unfishable. That's where teams that were able to adjust and adapt shined, the Buntings for example. Charlie had prefished all week and on Friday went to a new area and scanned brushpiles marking areas that held numerous fish and made the decision to start Championship Saturday with his son Travis in that area, an area that had produced numerous 2 pound plus fish earlier in the week. That was not to be the case on Saturday. The Power Pole team had one small fish through late morning, when a critical championship winning decision was made to go extremely shallow in a different area targeting fish that were getting ready to, and or spawning which produced the winning weight of 10.84 pounds for seven fish. The Buntings were spider rigging in a foot and a half water catching larger fish on black and glow chartreuse Muddy Water baits. Another critical decision they made was to use 12 foot B’n’M Poles as opposed to their normal 16 foot B’n’M Poles to deal with the wind. In fact Travis stated they were fishing so shallow that the swivels on their double jig rigs were out of the water! They also stated their Power Poles, Humminbird electronics, and Minn Kota trolling motor were vital in their success along with their Mercury powered boat to get to the winning area. The team won $3400.00 for the victory along with the additional $250.00 Missouri Corn Growers Association/American Ethanol bonus for using E10 fuel in their boat, and another $100.00 Jenko Fishing bonus for using the new Jenko Crappie Net. Charlie and Travis Bunting are sponsored by Power Pole, Ranger Boats, Mercury Motors, Humminbird, Minn Kota, B’n’M Poles, Off Shore Tackle, Muddy Water Baits, Vicious Fishing, Tite-Lok Rod Holders, Missouri Goldfish Hatchery and Dub-L-Seats. 

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