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

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.

Normally the weight of the second place Power Pole team of Charlie and Travis Bunting with 10.67 pounds would win, but settled them into the runner up spot on this day. The Buntings spider rigged B’n’M Poles catching fish off the bottom in 8 to 13 feet of water using the new Muddy Water 2 inch Black and Glow bait on the new Whack ‘em 5/16 orange and glow jig head. Charlie and Travis said this was a tournament where teamwork was vital to their finish. Dealing with high winds, Charlie kept the hooks baited and the fish taken care of and culled, while Travis stayed on the Minn Kota Trolling Motor and the Humminbird 360 to slowly push into brush piles and hold the baits still and in the strike zone. The team credited the power of the Mercury Motor they use, boat control and Baits, and the Humminbird 360 for their finish. Charlie and Travis Bunting took home $1,750.00 for the second place finish. The Buntings are sponsored by Power Pole, B’n’M Poles, Balzout, Off Shore Tackle, Muddy Water Baits and Jigs, Dub-L-Seat, Missouri Goldfish Hatchery, Pro’s Choice Marine, Humminbird, MinnKota, Ranger Boats, Mercury Motors, and Engel Coolers.

Third place was filled by the veteran team of Jim Dant and Donny Zufall who collected $875.00 weighing in 7 fish that broke the ten-pound mark at 10.01 pounds. Dant and Zufall two poled a combination of rods including B’n’M Poles using Bobby Garland 3 inch Gum Drop Slab Slayers in 7 to 9 feet of water catching fish off the bottom. Dant and Zufall credited their Mercury Motor, Minn Kota Trolling Motor and Humminbird Electronics along with patience and sticking to the plan staying in the same 50-foot area all day. Dant and Zufall are sponsored by Bobby Garland Baits and Woodard Restoration.

Fourth place went to the team of Paul and Elizabeth Turner with a weight of 9.99. The Turners received a check for $700.00.

Rounding out the top five was the team of Andrew Gildehaus and Tonnie Brooks. Gildehaus and Brooks weighed in 7 crappie with of weight of 9.51 and earned a check for $600.00. 

Top Male/Female honors went to The Green Machine Team of Jackie and Holly Linton who weighed 7.99 pounds, enough to take home the Humminbird Helix 5.

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.