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Wappapello, July 15th-2007
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East Ozark Bass Club

July 15th, 2007

Wappapello Lake

Chaonia access


            Garner and Hastings Go Deep!


Reported by: Larry Merseal, Larry is sponsored by: Anglers Pro Shop and


Sunny skies greeted the East Ozark Bass Club on what turned out to be a scorching hot day. Twenty-seven teams showed up to fish our 8th event of the season. With about half of the teams weighing in a limit, I guess you could say that fishing was fair. The air and water temps ranged in the mid to upper 80's and the water had a little more stain than normal. Sorry, I didn't get pictures this time. I forgot my camera.


First place went to the Farmington team of Mark Garner and Larry Hastings with a 3 fish limit weighing 12.12lbs. They fished river from just past Holiday Landing down to Chaonia Landing. They fished channel swings with black and blue 3/8oz. Strike King jigs. Larry said that all of their bites came in 14' of water, and that the bite was really light. Larry said “It kind of felt like a blue gill bite and you had to be feeling some type of cover to get bit.” Their first keeper came on the 1st cast of the day, and the rest of their bites were scattered every 2 or 3 hours. Mark and Larry also had 2nd big bass of the day weighing 5.16lbs. These guys weighed in three very nice Wappapello bass!


Second place went to Kevin and Warren Manion. I couldn’t catch up with Kevin for and interview. All I can tell you is that they fished up the river and weighed in a limit weighing 11.58lbs.


Third place went to Garrett Rhodes and Jamie Strange of DesLodge, with a limit weighing 10.98lbs. They started out fishing in the river and ended up in Lost Creek. They focused on channel edged and ledges with stumps on them. Most of their fish came after 10:00am and were caught on a variety of baits. They used texas rigged 10" black worms and a 1/4 oz. Spinnerbait with double indiana blades. They also had the Big Bass for the day which fell for a texas rigged watermelon and pumpkinseed mix trick worm. The bass weighed in at 5.28lbs. Nice One!


Fourth place went to the Farmington team of Jeff Johnson and Brian Hutson with five fish weighing in at 10.38lbs. They stayed on the main lake all day and threw carolina rigged watermelon/chart. tailed lizards on rocky main lake points. Most of their bites came early in the day and bit in around 8' of water.


With only two tournaments left in the East Ozark 2007 schedule, some of you guys still need to qualify for the Classic tournament. Check out  on the points page for more details.

The next event will be held at Clear Water Lake on July 28th, from 9:00pm to 7:00am at the Piedmont State Park access.

Hope to see ya there!

Larry Merseal