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East Ozark

Date: 4/15/2007 - 4/15/2007
Location: Pomme De Terre
Reported by: 
Larry Merseal

Tournament Conditions

Water Level

About 3 feet into the bush's

Water Temperature

49 to 53 degrees

Water Color

clear by the dam, stained in the Lindley,clear to muddy in the Pomme

Air Temperature

32 early to around 56 at weigh-in


blue-bird early to slightly cloudy later


10 to 15 w-nw





Reported by: Larry Merseal , Larry is sponsored by: Anglers Pro Shop and Omega Custom Tackle Inc.

McKinney and Hulsey Load the Boat Early!

   Two weeks ago, the bass were about ready to go on beds. But two weeks of nasty weather and temperatures well below normal had pushed most of the bass back out into deeper water.
   The day before the tournament brought rain and sleet changing over to snow. The skies cleared out over night and Sunday the East Ozark club was faced with blue-bird skies and temperatures warming from 33 to around 56 degrees.
   Nineteen teams showed up at the Hermitage ramp, and only two teams managed to catch a limit. One of those limits was weighed in by the winning team of Randy McKinney and Randy Hulsey.

Randy McKinney and Randy Hulsey of Park Hills capitalized on an early morning bite to win it by three pounds. Their five fish limit weighed 13.06 lbs. They also cashed in on big bass with Hulsey’s nice Pomme Hog weighing 6.80 lbs.
   McKinney reported that they caught all of their fish between 6:30 and 7:30am within sight of the Hermitage boat ramp. With the lake on the rise and the water getting dirty in both arms of the lake, McKinney said they fished the dam area, preferring to fish clearer, more stable water.
   They caught all of their fish on suspending rogues (blue/chrome & clown). They keyed on suspended bass in pea gravel pockets.
   McKinney and Hulsey are sponsored by hard work, and their wives.


Randy McKinney and Randy Hulsey take 1st  and big bass

   Second place went to Larry Merseal and Don Politte of DeSoto. Larry and Don weighed in 4 fish weighing 9.80 lbs. Don and I really struggled, fishing the Pomme and the Lindley arms, trying to scratch out a limit. We caught two keepers early on a deep secondary point in the Pomme. After that we had trouble fishing jigs and carolina rigs because of the moss (snot grass). Every cast we had to clean our baits.
   So we traveled up around Haverstick in the Lindley arm to find stained water and also to get away from the snot grass. We keyed on windy main lake points and caught all of our keepers in ten to seventeen feet of water. Don and I used a carolina rigged watermelon french fry and a brown 7/16 Omega jig to catch our fish.


Larry Merseal and Don Politte take 2nd

Third place went to Reggie Crabdree of Farmington and Greg (Bunsy) Ragsdale of Park Hills. Reggie and Bunsy had three bass that weighed 7.14 lbs.
   Reggie said that they fished within a mile of the ramp and caught their fish on 5/16 Eakins jigs tipped with green pumpkin speed craws. They fished main lake channel banks. With the boat in 20 feet of water, their bite came at 15 feet.
   They didn’t have many bites, but when they did get bit it was a good thump on the jig. One of their three keepers deserves an honorable mention, as it was a nice 5.02 lber!


Reggie Crabdree and Bunsy Ragsdale take 3rd

  Right now the water is up in the bush’s about 3 feet and stained water is really moving up the Pomme arm. With the warm weather predicted for this week I would bet the bass will move back into the coves again, staging on points and channel swings. They should be moving into the flooded bush’s too.
Well, good luck to you!
The next East Ozark tournament will be at Clearwater on April 29th. There will also be a Guys and Gals tournament on April 21st at Wappapello.
See Ya on the Water!
Larry Merseal