All 62 teams started fishing at 7:00 am on Friday, March 31 at Lake Fork in Emory, Texas, and were faced with very tough conditions. The winds were constant at 15-20 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph for the entire eight-hour fishing day.
Despite these tough weather conditions, the weights on Lake Fork were still incredible. Kayle Ward and Dillon Gosset set the bar high on day one. They had a weight of 17.49 lbs, followed by Hayden and Dan Jeffries with a weight of 17.20 lbs. Travis Decker and Michael Culberson rounded out the top three with a weight of 16.83.
Championship Saturday brought beautiful weather. The winds stayed under 10 mph, and the rain stayed away. The temperature started out at 55 degrees and reached 80 degrees with the sun shining by the afternoon weigh-in.
With the light winds on day two, anglers were able to spread out across the lake and fish in areas that were not fishable on day one. Everyone knew the weights were going to go up on championship Saturday, so to stay in contention they knew it would take a big bag.
During the final moments of the weigh-in, it came down to Hayden and Dan Jeffries in the Millennium Marine hot seats. Your leaders from day one, Dillon Gosset and Kayle Ward, were the final team to weigh in.
Once the scales were locked in, it was official that Hayden and Dan Jeffries were Lake Fork Crappie Masters champions. They brought in one of the biggest bags of the event, 17.90 lbs, which put their two-day total up to 35.10 lbs. Along with a first-place trophy, they took home a check worth $10,000.00.
Dillon Gosset and Kayle Ward finished in second place with a two-day total of 34.83 lbs, taking home a check worth $4,500.00.
Your champions from last year, Josh Jones and Josh Reynolds, started the day in eighth place. They then brought in a bag that tied team Jeffries for the biggest bag of the event at 17.90 lbs. This made their two-day total 33.65 lbs. They placed third and took home a check for $2,750.00.
Jerry Hancock and James Pegram moved up one place from day one to finish in fourth place with a two-day total of 33.12 lbs.
Rounding out the top five for this event was Matthew and Bruce Rogers with a two-day total of 32.06 lbs.
Brian and Jo Ann Price also wowed the crowd on championship Saturday by bringing in a 3.35 lb Lake Fork monster, earning them the big fish award of $1,000.
Tournament Director Blake Jackson would like to thank the host of the event, Emory Tourism, for allowing Crappie Masters to bring this event to Lake Fork.
He also would like to give a big thank you to the entire staff at the Minnow Bucket Marina for taking care of the anglers and their lodging needs, along with allowing the weigh-in to take place both Friday and Saturday.
Lastly, he would like to give a huge shoutout to all of the fans and spectators that came out to the weigh-in.
Take a look at the complete results below!