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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. 

Rend Lake, Whittington, IL, May 13, 2017 PDF Print

Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail will hold a National Qualifier May 13, 2017 on Rend Lake, Whittington, Illinois. Sponsored by Renewable Fuels Association, American Ethanol, Bass Pro Shops, Rend Lake Cove Resort, Lake Zone Bait and Tackle, and Ozark Rods the tournament will qualify anglers for the 2017 National Championship to be held on Lake Washington, Greenville, Mississippi. 

Late registration is on Friday, May 12 at Drury Inn, 145 N 44th St, Mt Vernon, IL 62864. 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 Lake Zone Bait & Tackle13277 Freeway Lane, Whittington, IL 62897. Anglers will fish from 6:30 AM to 3:00 PM and must be in line by 4:00 PM. The weigh in is open to the public.

A free kids casting contest will be held on Saturday, May 13 at Lake Zone Bait & Tackle. Kids will register from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM and will compete from 9-10:30 AM. All kids will receive a prize.

Special thanks to local sponsors that include: Rend Lake Cove Resort, and Lake Zone Bait and Tackle

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.

Ruyle and Riedinger Rule Lake of the Ozarks. PDF Print

Brad Ruyle and Reggie Riedinger decided on a tournament day game plan according to weather forecasts, stuck to it and were rewarded with a championship Saturday, April 15th at the Crappie Masters One Day National Qualifier and first leg of the Missouri State Championship sponsored by The Renewable Fuels Association "Ethanol Fueled With Pride", American Ethanol, Bass Pro Shops, and The Missouri Corn Growers Association. Ninety-eight teams took to the waters of the Lake of the Ozarks, a 90 plus mile fishery that offers numerous water conditions from relatively shallow and dingier water in the river on the upper end to crystal clear like water on the lower end. These conditions allow any and all techniques to be utilized by the anglers. With the forecast calling for strong winds on tournament day, Ruyle and Riedinger went to the maps and devised a plan to combat that by getting out of the wind fishing washouts with years of brush in the back of them adjacent to bluff walls to catch 7 fish that topped the scale at 10.38 pounds, enough to claim the title and the $5,000.00 check that went along with it! With a Mercury Motor powered boat, Ruyle and Riedinger found their fish in practice in large part due to their Humminbird Electronics and Minn Kota Trolling Motor by weeding thru the smaller fish to identify where the bigger females were and what depth of water. Once Riedinger identified that, the team decided to stay with that game plan and either hit a home run or strike out! Ruyle and Riedinger spider rigged a mix of Ozark and Jenko Rods to catch their fish near the bottom 6 to 12 feet deep on Elite Big Dog Series Jigs their company makes in an Orca and Gray Ghost combination tipped with minnows. The team collected $5,000.00 for the victory, and also picked up the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol bonus of $250.00 for using E10 fuel in their boat and an additional $100.00 for using Jenko Rods. Ruyle and Riedinger are sponsored by Elite Jig Company, Midwest Land Sales, and Perotti Rod Holders.

Ardent Announces New Angler Bonus Program PDF Print

In an effort to provide Anglers the opportunity to put more cash in your pocket, Ardent out of Macon, Missouri, a new national sponsor of Crappie Masters are proud to announce the new Ardent Krappie King Bonus program effective immediately for all Crappie Masters tournament Anglers that win a tournament!  The Ardent Krappie Kings Bonus is simple!  The more Ardent products you use the more you can win!  Up to a $400.00 bonus potential per winning one or two man team per event. Here's how it works and the pay out structure:

Ardent will pay the winning person or team $20.00 for every Ardent Rod and every Ardent Reel used to win the tournament.  (Any model of Ardent spinning or casting reels and rods qualify).  Per Crappie Masters tournament, lake, and state rules, a max of 8 Ardent Rods and 8 Ardent Reels can be used during competition, and thus 16 Ardent items qualify for the bonus payout!  A minimum of 2 Ardent Reels and 2 Ardent Rods (2 out of 8 or 25%) must be used by the winners to qualify for any payout. This means a minimum payout will be $80.00 if only 2 Ardent Reels and 2 Ardent Rods are utilized.  However, if all 8 Rods and all 8 Reels are used to win the tournament and are Ardent brand, the winner/winners will receive a $320.00 payment (16 x $20.00), plus receive an additional $80.00 for exclusive use of Ardent Rods and Reels for a total payout of an impressive $400.00 to the winning person or team! 

To get you started competing with Ardent rods and reels at reduced cost, Ardent has extended the offer to invite Crappie Masters participants to apply for membership in the Team Ardent Tournament Angler Program.  The program provides tournament anglers a direct relationship with Ardent and great benefits in exchange for their support of Ardent.  Interested Anglers need to contact Tom Cole of Ardent at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Brian Sowers of Crappie Masters at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it via email to request an application for the program asap!  Put Ardent Rods and Reels in your boat today and possibly win cash and without a doubt, Rule The Water!!

Crappie Masters would like to thank Ardent for their continued support of Crappie Masters and their tournament Anglers.


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