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2019 Tournament Results

Lake:Lake Cumberland, Somerset, KY
Date:04/05/19 - 04/06/19

CUSA Pro Division Victory at Lake Cumberland, KY goes to Hengstler and Koesters
(Scott and Tresa Carrier take Amateur Division.)

Louisville, KY – April 7, 2019 – Crappie anglers from several states traveled to Lake Cumberland at Somerset, KY to participate in a Crappie USA (CUSA) Super Event, The April 5th and 6th event is presented by Bass Pro Shops Cabela’s. Local and traveling anglers fished for cash, prizes, and an opportunity to compete at the 2019 CUSA Classic which will feature a guaranteed payout of $125,000 in cash and prizes.

The angers had beautiful weather for the weekend of fishing. The air temps were mild in the 60s with light winds blowing. The Lake Cumberland water level was just below pool with varied water coloration from clear to stained.

A total of 67 boats fished the Cumberland event,17 in the Pro Division and 50 in the Amateur Division. A total of $14,000 was distributed to the winners.

Pro Division Results

The top spot at Cumberland went to the B’n’M Poles team of Jake Hengstler from Botkins, OH, and Jason Koesters from New Bremen, OH. They weighed a two-day bag or 22.33 pounds to earn $3,000. They added the Gamma Line Bonus of $250 and the Driftmaster Rod Holder Bonus of $300.

Hengstler and Koesters fished mid-lake in Wood Creek in 30 feet of water. They were catching suspended fish that were holding in a tree that came up to within two feet of the surface. The team used black/chartreuse jigs to catch about 60 fish on the weekend.

Kris and Terry Mann claimed the runner-up spot with a bag of 21.77 pounds to earn $2,000. The Mt. Sterling, KY team added the Ranger Cup Bonus of $250.

“We fished south side creeks in 4 to 16 feet of water,” reported Kris. “We were casting black/chartreuse Crappie Magnets and Slab Curly's with 1/8 oz Double Cross heads. We used a B'n'M Sharp Shooter rod and the new 8-foot Russ Bailey signature series rod.”

“We caught 75 keepers over two days,” concluded Kris. “We want to thank Crappie Magnet and B’n’M for their sponsorship and God for His blessings.”

Third place went to Team Aaron. They weighed 20.25 pounds to earn $1,000.

William Aaron, Joseph Aaron, and Will Aaron from Russell Springs, KY, fished Greasy and Lily Creeks in 10 to 12 feet of water. They used a float and jig rig to fish just one foot below the surface. They used a Monkey Milk color to catch their crappie.

Chris Creech and Rodney Stevens caught a bag that weighed 18.78 pounds to take the forth place spot.

Reigning National Champions for the 2018 Pro Division, Ben Garland, Nolan Keener and Barry Turpen weighed 18.52 pounds to round out the top five.

The reigning champs presented Darrell Van Vactor a beautiful chain saw carving of a crappie at the seminar on Thursday night. It was a gracious gesture or crappie class.

"A special thank you to the team of Ben Garland, Barry Turpen and Nolan Keener,” said Van Vactor. “The beautiful chain saw carving was a nice surprise. It will have a special place in my office."

Amateur Division Results

The top spot in the Amateur Division went to Scott and Tresa Carrier. Team Carrier weighed 21.21 pounds to win first place and earn a check for $1,800.

Scott and Tresa fished he Southwest area of Lake Cumberland, around Otter Creek. They found fish in 15 to 20 feet of water. They were single poling with live bait to catch a total of 60 fish for the weekend.

The runner-up spot went to Justin Creech and Ezekiel Reynolds from Somerset, KY. They weighed 20.8 pounds to earn $1,000. They added the Ranger Cup Bonus for an additional $125.

They fished the lower end of the lake in Beaver and Otter Creeks. They were casting black/chartreuse and orange/chartreuse jigs in 4 to 8 feet of water, some tipped with minnows. The local team caught 75 to 100 crappies for the weekend.

The Harrodsburg, KY team of William Rogers and Eric Kersey weighed 19.31 pounds to claim the third-place spot. They earned a check for $600.00.

The team fished Otter and Beaver Creeks in 15 foot of water. They targeted suspended fish with various colors of jigs. They caught more than 100 crappies for the weekend.

David Rowe from Mount Vernon, KY and Pete Carpenter from Berea, KY had a two-day bag of 19.02 pounds to earn a check for $500 and forth place.

Rowe and Carpenter fished Fishing Creek and Beaver Creek in 6 to 8 feet of water. They used white jigs to catch about 80 fish on the weekend. The fish were suspended, and only about one foot deep.

David Rodgers teamed up with Jerry Rodgers to round out the top five. The Georgetown, KY team had a bag of 18.82 pounds and earned a check for $400.

The Amateur payout extended to the top ten teams at the Lake Cumberland event. Zack and Mike Fishbaugh were the Big Fish winners with 2.62 pounds. The big slab they caught on the first day earned them a check for $925.00. Their day-one weight was 13.08 pounds, the second heaviest of the event. The team failed to connect with enough fish to weigh in on Saturday but they fished hard and never gave up.


Darrell Van Vactor, CUSA Operations Manager, sent special thanks to Michelle, Van, and Katie at Somerset-Pulaski County CVB for their National Sponsorship of Crappie USA and for hosting the event on Lake Cumberland.

“I also want to thank the Pulaski County Park employees,” said Van Vactor. “They worked hard to provide a beautiful setting for our anglers. And they did it in the few days that they had after the water receded. It had been very high for several weeks, but they had new gravel down and massive clean-up work had been accomplished in a short period of time. With the gravel spread and the wood debris cleared, everything is ready to welcome spring guests.”

The CUSA Classic Championship will be held October 23 – 26, 2019 on Old Hickory Lake, Gallatin, TN. It features a guaranteed payout of $125,000 in cash and prizes.

National Sponsors

National Sponsors of Crappie USA are: Bass Pro Shops Cabela’s, Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Mustad Hooks, Minn Kota, Humminbird, Talon, Lake Master Maps, Gamma, B’n’M Poles, Driftmaster Rod Holders, Ego Nets, Xtreme Bait Systems, Cumberland Crappie Double Seats, Brushpile Crappie, Charlie Brewer Slider, Crappie Now Magazine, Church Tackle Co., Jenko Fishing, Big Bite Baits, Lake Cumberland CVB, Crappie Magnet, AWD Baits, EFX Graphics, Fin n’ Frames, Crown Trophy, and JR Madd Breading.


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