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2018 Tournament Results

Lake:Cave Run Lake, Morehead, KY
Date:05/04/18 - 05/05/18

Kris and Terry Mann win CUSA Pro Division at Cave Run Lake, Morehead, KY
(Luke McCoy and Aaron Gulley take Amateur Division)

Louisville, KY – May 6, 2018 – Crappie anglers from several states traveled to Cave Run Lake at Morehead, KY to participate in a Crappie USA (CUSA) tournament. Local and traveling anglers fished for cash, prizes, and an opportunity to compete at the 2018 CUSA Classic which will feature a guaranteed payout of $125,000 in cash and prizes.

The weather challenged anglers at the two-day Super Event on May 4th and 5th, 2018. Rain began falling midday Friday accompanied by 10 to 20 mph winds. Saturday began and ended with a steady rain right through the weigh-in. Air temperures were in the low 60's.

A total of 34 boats fished the popular event, 9 in the Pro Division and 25 in the Amateur Division. A total of $12,640.00 was distributed to the winners.

Pro Division Results

Kris and Terry Mann of Mt. Sterling KY claimed top honors at the Cave Run Lake event. Team Mann weighed in 12.14 pounds to earn $3,000 for their finish. They add the Progressive Gamma Line Bonus of $1000, the Ranger Cup Bonus of $500, the Driftmaster Rod Holders Bonus of $300, and the Big Fish Bonus of $440.

Their big crappie weighed 1.50 pounds and their earnings totaled $5,240.00. They were fishing the deeper water areas from the dam up river. They caught more than 200 fish for the weekend.

“We targeted pre-spawn females in 12-15 feet of water,” reported Terry. “We were vertical jigging wood cover with 1/8 oz Crappie Magnet jigs in Mermaid color. We used B’n’M poles to catch all of our fish. Early in the morning the fish were out away from the structure but got tighter as the day progressed. The crappies were in a variety of spawning stages with many small black males already on the banks. Most of our weigh-in fish were black females.”

“To God be the glory,” said Terry. “We feel really blessed to have had a great weekend at Cave Run and enjoyed fishing with some of the greatest anglers in the crappie world."

Donnie Burris and Dennis Yates from Columbia KY finished in the runner-up spot. They weighed 11.5 pounds to earn a check for $2,000.00.

Burris and Yates fished a flat across from Alfrey Ramp using Jiffy Jigs in green color. They were casting jigs in 6 to 8 feet of water to catch more than 300 fish for the two days of the tournament.

The third-place spot went to Richard Wright from Irvine KY and Wayne Adams from Berea KY. They teamed up to bring 9.9 pounds to the scales at Alfrey Boat Ramp and earn $1000 for the finish. They added the X-treme Bait Tank Bonus of $100 to bring their total earnings to $1,100.

Wright and Adams fished up river near Licking Creek. They used live bait and red/chartreuse jigs to catch 150 to 200 fish for the weekend.

Amateur Division Results

Luke McCoy from Ashland, KY and Aaron Gulley from Coal Grove, OH weighed 10.9 pounds to claim the top spot in the Amateur Division at Cave Run Lake. Their first-place finish earned them $1500 and they added the $100 Jenko Bonus.

McCoy and Gulley fished Beaver Creek and short pockets along the main lake. They were fishing shallow in 1 to 2 feet of water. They fished with Electric Chicken colored Jigs and credited Jenko products for making them successful in the tournament. The team caught over 300 fish from heavy cover during the two-day event.

The runner-up spot on Cave Run Lake went to Roger Claywell and Dean Rogers from New Castle, IN and Eaton, OH respectively. They brought 10.85 pounds to the scales to earn $1,000. They added the X-treme Bait Tank Bonus or $250, the Talon Bonus of $250, and the Ranger Cup Bonus of $125 to bring their total earnings to $1,625.

“We fishing the main lake both days,” reported Claywell. “Prefishing on Thursday our best fish was caught on a Mr. Crappie lightning shad bait, straight jig. On the first day of tournament we could not get anything on jigs and switched to minnows. We finished the day with average crappie, but no kicker fish. The day started out nice and warm but as the day went on we got high winds and rain. All of our fish were related to structure.”

“Day two was wet all day with the exception of short periods when it stopped,” continued Claywell. “We got one nice fish over a pound by 8:30 then we went back to average sized fish. At about noon I told my partner I wanted to look on the flat close to where we were fishing and we found good fish in 8 feet of water and less. We let the boat drift almost up on the bank and dropped the Talon to hold us on our spot.”

“The fish were scattered in this area,” reported Claywell. “We started casting bobbers and got our big fish, a 1.31, and we pretty much fished the day right there.”

“My partner, Dean Rogers, is an avid bass fisherman,” joked Claywell. “He’s starting to turn into a decent crappie fisherman too. We work well together and make decisions together which is going to make us more competitive week in and week out.”

Claywell and Rogers caught over 150 fish for the weekend. They concluded by thanking the team sponsors, Wally Marshall/Mr. Crappie, and EGO nets.

Adam and Rebecca Brewer teamed up to claim the third-place spot. The team from Owingsville, KY weighed 10.59 pounds and earned $500.00.

Team Brewer fished up river using black/chartreuse and white/chartreuse jigs, and minnows in 15 to 20 feet of water to catch more than 250 fish for the weekend.

The fourth spot went to Rick Morgan from Cattlettsburg, KY and Roger Boggs from Smilax KY. Their total weight of 10.4 pounds earned them a check for $300.00.

Morgan and Boggs fished Beaver Creek in very shallow water using Crappie Magnet chartreuse jigs. They caught 150 to 200 crappies during the event.

The top five was rounded out by Norman Keeton from Falmouth, KY and Justine Jarman from Elsmere, KY. They brought 10.34 pounds to the scales to earn $200.00.

They fished the main lake using Crappie Magnet chartreuse/white jigs and minnows. Keeton and Jarman found their fish in 10 to 15 feet of water where they caught 150 to 200 fish for the weekend.

The second Big Fish was caught by Patrick Stone and Patrick Vowell. They weighed a 1.47 pounder that they caught in Ramey Creek. Stone and Vowell were using blue/white jigs and caught more than 300 crappies for the weekend.


Darrell Van Vactor, CUSA Operations Manager, sent special thank yous to Joy and her staff at Morehead Tourism Commission for hosting the event and making all the anglers welcome at Cave Run Lake. He noted that anglers from 7 states participated in the tournament.

"Cave Run Lake will truly be one the most popular destinations for the crappie angler for a few years to come,” offered Van Vactor. “It boasts a tremendous population of healthy fish and anglers can catch large numbers daily."

The 2018 CUSA Classic will be held October 3 – 6, 2018 on Lake Cumberland at Somerset, KY. It will feature a guaranteed payout of $125,000 in cash and prizes.

National Sponsors

National Sponsors of Crappie USA are: Cabela's, Ranger Boats, Mercury, Mustad, B'n'M Poles, Humminbird Electronics, Gamma, Adventure Products EGO Nets, Minn Kota, J.R. Mad's Madgic Fish Breading, Big Bite Baits, TTI-Blakemore Road Runner, Driftmaster Rod Holders, World Fishing Network-WFN, Cumberland Crappie Double Seat Mounts, Church Tackle Company, Charlie Brewer's Slider Co., 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, Jenko Fishing, Lake Cumberland Tourism, Extreme Bait Systems, Rigrap, and Bait 2 Go.


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