2017 Tournament Results
Crappie USA Tournament Results For Kentucky and Barkley Lakes at Paris, TN
Pro Division Results
Friday's temperature was in the 60's with SSE winds at 15 – 20mph, with water one foot below pool and murky. Saturday brought on storms, high winds and rain all day long. These unfavorable weather conditions couldn't keep Richard and George Hughes, both of Big Sandy, Tennessee from taking first place in the Pro Division with a total weight of 26.36 pounds and earning $3,800.00, plus an additional $1,200.00 Big Fish and $300.00 Driftmaster Bonus. The team fished south of the highway 79 bridge in 4 – 9 feet of water using blue/chartreuse jigs to catch over 40 fish, including a 3.22 pounder that earned the team an additional $1,200.00. This is the largest Big Fish weighed in on a Kentucky Lake event in several years stated Darrell Van Vactor, General Manager.
Glen Woodard of Waverly, Tennessee took second place with a total weight of 22.27 pounds and earned $2,000.00. Glen fished south of Sulphur Creek around white oak and found the 59 degree water holding large males in 7 feet of water. Glen used jigsin blue and white and chartreuse and white jigs to land well over 100 fish for the weekend.
In third place were Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman, both of Tiptonville, Tennessee weighing in at 21.63 pounds and earning $1,000.00, and an additional $250.00 Ranger Cup Bonus. The team fished the north end of Kentucky Lake on Friday, however they weren't catching what they needed and moved to the south end on Saturday where they found good fish in 8 feet of water using single chartreuse/lime jigs to catch over 50 fish on Saturday.
Henry and Jo Haley, both of Carmi, Illinois finished in fourth place, with a total weight of 20.86 pounds and earning $800.00. The Haley's fished north Barkley Lake targeting man-made cover and moving from bed to bed quickly to catch the most aggressive fish from each bed. Most fish were in 6 – 13 feet of water, hitting the green/chartreuse and sparkle color jigs while spider rigging, to catch several fish that were over 10 inches.
Fifth place went to Shane Moore of Milan, Tennessee and John Eubanks of Trenton, Tennessee weighing in at 19.69 pounds and taking home a check for $600.00. The team fished south of Paris Landing area in 4 – 6 feet of water, slow trolling with chartreuse jigs to land over 80 fish, 29 of which were really good keepers, for the two day event.
Sixth place and $600.00 went to Roy Logan of Troy, Tennessee and Wade Hendren of Ripley, Tennessee with a total weight of 19.33 pounds.
Seventh place and $400.00, plus an additional $250.00 Talon Bonus went to Matt Dunivant of Newbern, Tennessee and Kevin Petty of Dyersburg, Tennessee weighing in at 17.77 pounds.
Eighth place and $400.00 went to Kevin Murphy of Portageville, Missouri weighing in at 17.64 pounds.
Amateur Division Results
Brett and Robert Luther, both of Dickerson, Tennessee took first place in the Amateur Division with a total weight of 21.10 pounds and earned $2,000.00. The team fished the south end of Kentucky Lake in 2 – 5 feet of water using live bait to catch over 20 fish for the weekend. Most of their fish were males that were preparing nesting sites for the upcoming spawn.
In second place were T.J. Todd and Brian Hatch, both of Dyersburg, Tennessee with a total weight of 18.64 pounds and earning $1,000.00, plus an additional $125.00 Ranger Cup Bonus. The team fished just about 6 miles south of Paris trolling blue and chartreuse jigs in 6 feet of water to land a total of 50 fish for the 2-Day tournament.
Taking third place was Jimmy Sanford of Greenbrier, Tennessee and Lance Harrington of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee weighing in at 18.39 pounds and earning $700.00. The team fished south of the Blood River area targeting pre-spawn fish in 2 feet of water around heavy cover using live bait to catch 40 fish.
Arnold and Kenny Patterson, both of Knifely, Kentucky took fourth place of the tournament with a total weight of 17.16 pounds and earned $500.00. Team Patterson spider rigged around heavy wood cover in 4 – 6 feet of water catching mostly male fish and had over 100 fish for the weekend.
Fifth place went to Cody England of White Bluff, Tennessee and Brent Williams of Fairview, Tennessee weighing in at 17.12 pounds and earning $400.00. The team fished the south end of Kentucky Lake trolling shiner minnows in 15 – 20 feet of water to land 40 – 50 fish for the tournament.
Sixth place and $400.00 went to Roy (Doc) Holiday of Paducah, Kentucky weighing in at 16.99 pounds.
Seventh place and $300.00 went to Joey Clark of Wingo, Kentucky and Jeremy Jones of Mayfield, Kentucky with a total weight of 16.84 pounds.
Eighth place and $300.00 went to Dean McCoy and Marcus Rudd, both of Benton, Kentucky weighing in at 16.83 pounds.
Ninth place and $200.00 went to Jon Graves of Parson, Tennessee and Jamey Bates of Camden, Tennessee with a total weight of 15.42 pounds.
Tenth place and $200.00 went to Jeff Outland of Gilbertsville, Kentucky and Michael McGregor of Benton, Kentucky weighing in at 15.14 pounds.
Brently Smith and Colten McCallister, both of Rutherford, Tennessee had 2nd Place Big Fish of the tournament, weighing 2.90 pounds and earning $500.00.
A special thank you to David Hamilton and his staff with the Henry County Chamber of Commerce at the Tennessee River Alliance for hosting the event and all of their hard work in making it a huge success! Also, thank you to Rusty and Pam at Buchanan Resort for taking care of all of our lodging needs.
National Sponsors of Crappie USA are: Cabela's, Ranger Boats, Mercury, Mustad, B 'n' M Poles, Minn Kota, Humminbird Electronics, Gamma, Adventure Products EGO Nets, J.R. Mad's, Charlie Brewer's Slider Co., Big Bite Baits, TTI-Blakemore Road Runner, Driftmaster Rod Holders, World Fishing Network-WFN, Cumberland Crappie Double Seat Mounts, Church Tackle Company, Crappie Now on-line Magazine, Talon Shallow Water Anchors, Humminbird/Lakemaster Maps, Sunsect Sunscreen & Insect Repellent, Digital EFX Wraps, Gill Rainwear, AWD Baits, Tentnology, Crappie Magnet, Crown Trophy and Jenko Fishing.
The following companies furnish product to help make these events possible: Kodiak Fish Attractants, Rigrap and Keep Alive.
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