Hollabaugh and Withers win top dollar scholarships at Lake of the Ozarks

Jeff Hollabaugh, boater Travis Lepley, Eddie Withers took home $4,400.00 in scholarships, taking first place at Lake of the Ozarks

Teens Crappie Fishing For Scholarships kicked off on Lake of the Ozarks on April 13, 2019. Jeff Hollabaugh and Eddie Withers took home the top prize of $4,400.00 in scholarship sponsored by Crappie USA, placing first. Presented by Outdoor Kids LLC. and sponsored by Crappie USA, Frontier Metal, Mid-State Seed and other sponsors, 40 teens competed for over $11,000.00 in scholarship prizes at Captain Ron’s on Lake of the Ozarks.

Hollabaugh and Withers show some of their catch that took first place.

Hollabaugh and Withers from Sacred Heart High School stated they had a fast start catching a lot of fish during the first 2 hours. The team was spider rigging up and down banks in 8 to 14 foot waters. They used white jigs and each angler caught 30-40 crappie during the day. Their winning weight was 5.98 lbs on five fish with a 1.24 big fish.

Keegan and Jaxon Bullock show their fish that gave them second place and $3,000.00 in scholarship money.

Jaxon and Keegan Bullock from Versailles High School took second place with a total of 5.96 lbs. and a big fish of 1.40 lbs. The brother - sister team fished 8-15 foot waters. The Mid State Seed team was spider rigging with double hook jigs. They fished the same cove all day as they found the fish to be scattered. The team won $3,000.00 in scholarship money sponsored by Frontier Metal and Mid-State Seed.

Collin Polley from Smith Cotton High School took 3rd place.

Third place scholarship money was won by Colin Polley. Colin from Smith Cotton High School was able to weigh in 5.51 lbs with a big fish of 1.18 lbs. to win $850.00 for his future education sponsored by Ozark Rods . Colin took the approach of long lining with Charlie Brewer curl tail jigs. The angler found that colors didn’t seem to make much difference as he fished at 9 foot depths at a slow speed of .8 mph.

Avery Paris and Zachary Brice took 4th place with 5.49 lbs.

Avery Paris and Zachary Brice from Hickman High School and Abeka High School each won $725.00 each for a total fourth place prize os $1,450.00. The team weighed in 5.49 lbs. with a big fish of 1.24 lbs. while spider rigging with 14 foot poles using double hook minnows. They caught over 60 fish during the day.

Lake of the Ozarks big fish was 1.47 and worth $1,200.00 in scholarship money.

Big Fish was 1.47 lbs weighed in by Elijah Mangone and Cody Brummitt from Camdenton High School. The team was shooting docks with Bobby Garland grey and white live minnow jigs. Big fish was sponsored by Robert Taylor Crop Insurance (Sue Ferguson) and the students won $1,200.00 in scholarship money.

The 6th overall team of Kaite Myers and Grant Cornelian won $100.00 and a gift certificate from Lake Side Auto. Jake Thoenen and Maximus Thoenen, who finished 7th over taking home a couple of Engle Coolers. Payton Sapp and Tyler Hunter finished 8th overall winning gift certificates sponsored by Everharts Outdoors. Dylan O’Neal and Spencer O’Neal took 9th overall winning Everharts Outdoors gift certificates. 10th place Kaden Lawson and Easton Blakenship took home 2 Ozark Rods for their finish.

Boaters for the youth teams were eligible for a drawing sponsored by Power Pole. Tim Thoenen was the lucky winner of a Power-Pole. Thoenen was the boater for his sones Jake and Maximus.

Outdoor Kids “Teens Crappie Fishing for Scholarships” will be at Truman Lake on June 22, 2019 giving away more scholarships for youth anglers. More information can be found at

Special thanks to our national sponsors, Crappie USA, Frontier Metals, Mid-State Seed, Hart’s Sauce, Power-Pole, Everharts Outdoors, Charlie Brewer’s Slider, Ozark Rods, Mid South Tackle, Engle Coolers and Pro Dezigns.

Local Sponsors for the Lake of the Ozarks tournament are: Lake TV, KS95 Radio, Captains Ron’s On The Lake, The Stables, Robert Taylor Insurance, The Lake House Inn, Johnson Tax Service, Compass Health Networks, The Bank of Versailles, Tri-County Lodging Association, Chance’s R Restaurant and Poly Lift.


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