Gardner’s Tony Niemeyer and Louisburg’s Ryan German took the top prize once again during last weekend's Kansas Crappie Trail Tuttle Creek makeup tournament, which was moved to Clinton Reservoir.
The duo posted a 10.78-pound bag to win by just a half-pound over second-place finishers Ryan Harman, of Maple Hill, and Todd Morstorf, of Topeka, catapulting them out to an eight-point lead in the season standings with one event left.
Manhattan’s Frank Haidusek, fishing solo, posted a 2-pound Big Fish en route to a narrow third-place finish, weighing 10.21 pounds to fall just shy of the runner-up spot.
The Lawrence father-son duo of Mike and Eric Schrock took fourth place, also breaking the 10-pound mark with a 10.14-pound bag. The Schrocks currently sit in second place in the season standings behind Niemeyer and German with 581 points.
Rookies Jeremy Conway, of Lawrence, and Bob Purh, of Tonganoxie, finished tied with Topekans Dustin Hobbs and Megan Springer for fifth with 9.65 pounds apiece. Conway and Purh are sitting comfortably in the lead of the Top Secret Jig Co. Rookie Team of the Year standings and are in fifth place in the overall season standings, just a point behind Topeka’s Brandon Manis and Meriden’s Nic Luttman (562).
Organizer and Eudora resident Dylan Faulconer — who recently announced he and wife Amanda were expecting their first child in April 2021 — and teammate Allen Miller, of Baldwin City, sit in third place in the season standings (577) after finishing just behind the logjam at fifth with 9.03 pounds on Clinton last weekend.
The KCT is returning to Clinton this weekend for its regular-season finale before the state championship Sept. 12-13 on El Dorado Reservoir.