Turner Triumphs At Twain Print

With wife Elizabeth not able to make the trip to Mark Twain Lake, Paul Turner ran away from the field of 84 boats at the Crappie Masters sponsored by The Renewable Fuels Association “Ethanol Fueled With Pride”, American Ethanol, and Bass Pro Shops, Mark Twain Lake National Qualifier and Second Leg of the Missouri State Championship On August 4th. It was a full summer pattern on a hot day with quality fish hard to find for many of the angler teams participating in the tournament however as happens in most if not all tournaments, some teams inevitably find the bigger fish which was the case for Paul Turner who bucked the trend making a run up Lick Creek barely getting through some areas finding an area of deeper water that was filled with quality fish. In fact Turner said he did not leave the area the entire day and having an aluminum boat was likely the only way to get into the area, a key to victory. Turner brought a 7 fish limit to scale that wowed the large crowd along with fellow Anglers topping the scale at 9.41 pounds with a 1.52 kicker that was good for the Second Big Fish award. Turner was spider rigging B’n’M Poles and Ardent Reels in six and a half feet of water, catching fish 3 to 5 feet down using an orange jig tipped with a minnow staying on the fish using Humminbird Electronics and Minn Kota Trolling Motor. Paul and Elizabeth took home $4,800.00 for the win, plus $504.00 for second place big fish, and additional bonus money including the $250.00 Missouri Corn Growers Association/American Ethanol E10 bonus, the $100.00 Jenko Fishing bonus, and an Ardent bonus of $120.00 for using Ardent Reels. Paul and Elizabeth Turner are sponsored by Strike King Lure Company, B’n’M Poles, Crappieholic, and War Eagle Boats.

The runner up position went the team of Marty Snider and Jackie Albin bringing in an impressive 7 fish limit weighing 8.20 pounds good for the $2,400.oo second place check along with an extra $1,176.00 for their 1.54 pounder good for big fish of the tournament which Albin thought was a drum when it rolled to the top of the water. Snider and Albin were one pole fishing white/pearl 3 inch Bobby Garland Slab Slayers in 6 to 8 feet of water catching fish on the bottom. Snider and Albin also used Humminbird Electronics and Minn Kota Trolling Motor to identify and stay in the more productive trees. Marty Snider and Jackie Albin are sponsored by Stump Jumper, Huckabee Rods, and Bobby Garland.

Third place money went to the Ozark Rods team of David Cox and Steve Hockett with 7 Fish weighing 7.43 pounds good for $1,250.00. Cox and Hockett One Pole fished Ozark Rods using black and chartreuse Jigs tipped with a minnow in 7 to 11 feet of water with the more productive bite at 7 foot. Cox and Hockett run a Mercury Motor, use Humminbird Electronics, Minn Kota Trolling Motor and are sponsored by Ozark Rods, Do-It Molds, and Rod Sox.  

Fourth Place went to the team of Mark and Aaron Engelhart with a weight of 7.29 pounds. Mark and Aaron received a check for $1,050.00.

Rounding out the top five was the Power Pole Team of Charlie and Travis Bunting with a weight of 7.01. The Buntings earned a check worth $925.00

A Humminbird Helix 5 went to the top Male/Female team, HH Rods and Reels and Foxy Fishing Gear team of Eric and Leann Howard who also earned a check for $450.00 for finishing in eleventh place.  

The top placing Adult/Youth Team was Darrin and Wyatt Tucker who settled into 20th place winning a $100.00 Everharts Outdoor Store gift card.  

Click HERE to download full tournament results.

Crappie Masters would like to thank Don and Wanda Turner at Chigger Hill Bait and Tackle for their hospitality serving as registration and seminar location along with weigh in location, and South Fork Resort serving as Kids Fishing Rodeo host location.

Special thanks to local sponsors that include: Junction Inn Motel, South Fork Resort, The Dry Dock, Cannon Dam Cabins, Mix Country 96, Chigger Hill Bait & Tackle, The Paris National Bank, 154 Marine, and Nemo Bait & Fisheries,

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