For the second straight weekend, Gardner’s Tony Niemeyer and Louisburg’s Ryan German pulled out a Kansas Crappie Trail victory on Clinton Reservoir last Saturday, Aug. 22.
After winning the Aug. 15 makeup tournament on Clinton — originally scheduled for Tuttle Creek — with a weight of 10.78 pounds, Niemeyer and German again broke the 10-pound mark on Clinton in the regular-season finale. The pair plopped 10.52 pounds on the scale to edge out Lawrence’s Mike and Eric Schrock (10.20 pounds) and help maintain a nine-point advantage (689-680) in the season points race heading into September’s state championship.
Maple Hill’s Ryan Harman and Topeka’s Todd Morstorf took third with 9.69 pounds, followed by KCT organizer Dylan Faulconer, of Eudora, and Allen Miller, of Baldwin City, with 9.63 pounds for fourth. Manhattan’s Cliff Bammes and Centralia’s Ryan Allen rounded out the top five with 9.48 pounds.
Faulconer, who posted the big fish of the day at 1.96 pounds, and Miller sit in third in the season points race with 675 points, followed by the rookie team of Bob Purh, of Tonganoxie, and Jeremy Conway, of Lawrence, who wrapped up the Top Secret Jig Co. Rookie Team of the Year Award on Saturday. Bammes and Allen sit in fifth in the season standings, as well.
The KCT state championship is slated for Sept. 12-13 on El Dorado Reservoir.