The Kansas Crappie Trail was back in action this past weekend on El Dorado Reservoir, and the giants were out to play, as well.


Augusta’s Tom Bybee hauled in a massive 3.17-pound white crappie to take the Big Fish award on May 9. For some reference, the state record white crappie is 4.02 pounds.


But despite that monster slab, he and teammate Curtis Presnell were only awarded the third-place overall prize, showing just how big the average fish was at the weigh-in.


Bybee and Presnell’s 14.10-pound bag fell 0.31 pounds shy of first-place finishers Brandon Manis, of Topeka, and Nic Luttman, of Meriden, at 14.41 pounds, while second-place finisher Frank Haidusek, of Riley, netted just 0.11 pounds more for the runner-up at 14.21.


Tony Niemeyer and Todd Morstorf finished fourth with 13.8 pounds, with Mike and Eric Schrock in fifth with 13.74 pounds. Thirteen of the 18 teams weighed a fish, with only two teams bringing in less than 10 pounds to the scales.


After two events, Niemeyer and German are in a tie for first place with Haidusek and Dalton Thomas in the 2020 points race (196 points). The Schrocks are in third with 194 and Manis/Luttman are tied with previous points race leaders Dylan Faulconer and Allen Miller for fourth (191), who won March 7 on Hillsdale. Bob Purh and Jermey Conway sit in first place in the Top Secret Jig Co. Rookie Team of the Year standings with 182, ahead of Thomas Wells and Craig Schmitt (173).


The next regularly scheduled KCT event is May 23 on Melvern Reservoir. Registration begins at 5 a.m., with a $100 entry fee per two-person team. Takeoff will be at roughly 6 a.m. from the state park's west ramp. Best seven alive fish are weighed during the 2:30 p.m. weigh-in. For more information, contact Dylan Faulconer at KansasCrappieTrail@yahoo.com or 913-416-3481.