Eric And Troy Wiethop Win Lake Of The Ozarks

Eric And Troy Wiethop Win Lake Of The Ozarks


Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters tournament trail kicked off the Missouri State Championship with the first leg held at Lake of the Ozarks on April 12th, in Osage Beach, MO. Sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Marine, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Mercury Motors, Tri County Lodging Association and Captain Ron’s on the Lake, it was Eric Wiethop & Troy Wiethop who took the Lake of the Ozarks victory.

The pre fishing week brought warmer weather into the area and fish moved to shallower water as the water temperature rose. Competition day saw temperatures rise above 80 degrees with high winds.

The Wiethop’s weighed in 10.06 lbs. for the winning weight. Sponsored by Zoom, Falcon Rods, Bobby Garland, Shimano Reels, Vicious, Humminbird and Lews Reels the team fished in 15-20 foot waters catching fish 2 foot deep. The team was shooting docks out of a Triton boat with a Mercury motor, Humminbird electronics and a Minn Kota trolling motor. They caught their fish on Zoom, albino & pearl jigs.

The winners didn’t pre fish during the week, as they knew where and how they were going to fish. They stated, they have 15-20 docks that hold big fish and these were the only docks they fished all day. They would fish in circles going back to the same docks. They felt the higher winds played to their strength, as the wind didn’t affect the reaction bite from the slow falling bait while shooting docks.

Second place was John Moore and Pam Edgar with a 9.74 lb. stringer.   Sponsored by Nothead jigs and Off Shore Tackle, the team fished out of a Alumacraft boat with a Yamaha motor, Humminbird electronics and a Minn Kota trolling motor. They were slow trolling with planar boards in 16-17 foot water, catching fish 6-11 feet deep. They caught their fish on Nothead jigs tipped with minnows on Ozark Rods. They were also the tournaments top male female team.

John Shannon took third place with a weight of 9.67 lbs. Shannon fished alone out of a Ranger boat with a Yamaha motor, Humminbird electronics and a Minn Kota trolling motor. Sponsored by Ozark Rods, he used double hook minnow rigs on the rods fishing in 6 foot waters, catching fish 3 foot deep.



Jim Dant and Donny Zufall weighed in the big fish of the tournament. The Bobby Garland sponsored team weighed in a 2.08 lb. crappie. Second big fish was 2.0 lbs. weighed in by Jeff & Jackie Hoeppner. Top adult youth team was Michael and Sheldon Schulte who placed 18th overall in a field of 68 teams.

Next on the trail is the Children’s Miracle Network Benefit Tournament on Beaver Lake in Rogers/Bentonville, AR. on April 26th. The tournament will count towards Crappie Masters points race and the top three teams will qualify for the 2014 national championship.

Special thanks to local sponsors including: Tri County Lodging Association, Captain Ron’s on the Lake, KS 95.1 Lake Country Radio, The Lake House Inn, Sleep Inn, Deepwater Inn, Gates Corporation, Sport World Boat Center, Tupelo Honey’s Restaurant, Chance’s R Restaurant and Bryant’s Osage Outdoors.

Special thanks to our National Sponsors that include: Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Boats, Nitro Boats, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Mercury Motors, Road Runner by Blakemore, , Power-Pole, Tite-lok Rod Holders, Martin Metal LLC., Bobby Garland Crappie Baits, Johnson Fishing, Midsouth Tackle, Grizzly Jig Company, Spike-It, Rockport Rattler, Lake Fork Trophy Lures, The Original Rod Sox, B’n’M Poles, Slider, Ozark Rod Company, Bugband, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, Transducer Saver, KeepAlive, Koolwell, Wild River, Crappieholic, Valley Fashions, Ziptailz, Off Shore Tackle, Onos Sunglasses, Navionics, Ear Visors, Wrap Enterprises, Zeko Shoes, Rig Rap, Fizards, Southern Tackleworks, Silent Stalker and Huffman Publishing.


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