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2019 Tournament Results

Lake:KY & Barkley Lakes, Paris, TN
Date:03/22/19 - 03/23/19

CUSA Pro Division Victory at KY & Barkley Lakes goes to Baskin and Temple
(Martin and Rigdon take Amateur Division at Paris, TN )

Louisville, KY – March 24, 2019 – Crappie anglers from several states traveled to KY & Barkley Lakes to participate in a Crappie USA (CUSA) Super Event, The March 22nd and 23rd event was 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.

On Friday winds were WNW at about 10 to 20 but changed direction and lightened up by Saturday. The air temperatures were in the low 60s. Saturday had SE winds at 5 to 10 with the high temps in the 50s.

The lake was at winter pool with murky water and heavy current. Many teams experienced the Asian carp jumping around when their boats got close to shallow water.

The first day of tournament fishing ended at Paris Landing State Park with Ed Hadley and Mark Young leading the Pro Division with 10.48 pounds. Heath Martin and Jason Rigdon were on top in the Amateur Division with 11.23 pounds. The big fish lead was in the hands of Team Groom (Tony and Ling) with a 2.09-pound slab.

A total of 51 boats fished the Paris, TN event,16 in the Pro Division and 35 in the Amateur Division. A total of $12,370 was distributed to the winners.

Pro Division Results

The top spot in the Pro Division went to Sean Baskin and Jimmy Temple from Nashville TN. They posted a two-day weight of 23.34 pounds to earn $3000. They added a Talon Bonus of $500 and a Jenko Bonus of $100.

The Tennessee team fished south Barkley in 5 to 15 foot of water. They were spider rigging using white/chartreuse Jenko’s tipped with live bait. They caught upwards to 100 fish for the tournament.

“We were spider rigging stakes beds and brush piles,” reported Baskin. “This is about the only place we ever fish. We finally got rewarded for years of hard work putting out stake beds. It was a little windy the first day but we were able to keep out of it.”

“About half our poles were double minnow rigs and the other half jigs,” continued Baskin. “We caught our two biggest fish on Saturday, probably after 2:00 pm, in 15 feet of water.”

Ed Hadley and Mark Young nailed down the runner up spot with 21.78 pounds. The Clarksville, TN team also fished south Barkley to earn a check for $2,000.

Hadley and Young were fishing south of the HWY 68 Bridge. They were single poling with a float. They found a terrific bite using blue/chartreuse jigs. They caught more than 150 crappies for the weekend.

The third spot went to Terry Elliott and John Quinn. Elliott from Greenfield, TN, and Quinn from Springville, TN brought 20.26 pounds to the scales for their two-day total weight. They earned a check for $1,000.00.

The team fished Kentucky Lake south of the HWY 68 Bridge. They were targeting creek ledges in 8 to 12 foot of water. They spider rigged using Denali Rods. Their bait of choice was Lake Fork jigs in various colors. The team caught more than 125 fish during the tournament.

Shawn and Travis Gore, and Joey Peck teamed up to earn the fourth-place spot. Shawn and Travis traveled from Almo, KY, and Peck from Murray, KY to fish the tournament. The three-man team posted 20.18 pounds to claim their spot and earn $200.

They also chose spider rigging to catch their fish. They were fishing on the north end of Kentucky Lake in 10 to 14 feet of water. They used Knot Head jigs in blue/chartreuse and red/chartreuse to catch about 30 crappies for the weekend.

Big Fish

Big fish of the tournament went to the father/son team of Terry and Kris Mann. The B’n’M Poles team was fishing Lake Barkley when they caught the winning slab. The team earned $715 for Big Fish.

“We had a terrible day one,” reported Mann. “We weighed in only 4 fish for 4.38 lbs. We fished Barkley on day two and weighed the biggest bag of the tourney at 13.40 pounds. The big fish weighed 2.48 pounds and came out of brush in 9 feet of water.”

“We practiced on Thursday and those fish were not in the places we caught them in Saturday,” said Mann. “No doubt they had moved in there sometime between Thursday afternoon and Saturday. Good thing we checked them again yesterday!”

“We were single poling a black/chartreuse Crappie Magnet with a 1/8-ounce Double Cross jig head,” concluded Mann. “We used B’n’M Poles as always.”

Amateur Division Results

Heath Martin and Jason Rigdon took the top spot in the Amateur Division with 21.52 pounds. From Sheppardsville, KY and Louisville, KY respectively, their two-day weight earned them $1,500. They added $250 for the Ranger Cup Bonus.

“We were on Barkley around the Little River area of the lake,” reported Martin. We were spider rigging over 9 to 20 feet of water. We were pushing jigs tipped with minnows. The fish were tight to cover the first day but were on the move to shallow water the second day.”

“By 10:00 am on the second day we had a limit but no big fish at all,” continued Martin. “We started searching new and shallower water and found the better fish. There was lots of wind both days with weather temps reaching the upper 50’s. We probably had 35 keepers a day.”

The runner up spot went to Jeff Outland from Gilbertsville, KY and Michael McGregor from Benton, KY. They weighed a two-day total of 19.46 pounds to earn a cash award of $1,000.

Outland and McGregor fished north of the HWY 68 Bridge on Kentucky Lake. They were one pole vertical jigging the Jenko Split Tail in Monkey Milk and Cajun Cricket colors to catch 50 to 60 fish for the weekend.

Third place went to Chris Glasgow and James Welker from Dover TN. Their two-day total weight pulled the scales to 18.97 pounds and earned the team $500.

Glasgow and Welker fished south Barkley Lake in 2 foot of water. They were casting red/chartreuse hair jigs to catch more than 50 fish on the weekend. They found some 56-degree water where the fish were moving in and staging for the upcoming spawn.

Another Tennessee team, Jay Harris from Clarksville, TN and Robert Teeter from Adams, TN earned the fourth-place spot and a check for $300.

They caught their 17.66-pound bag in south Barkley Lake where they were casting jigs on a float. They use red/chartreuse and blue/chartreuse to catch about 35 crappies for the weekend.

The top five was rounded out by Scott Waldrop and Christy Waldrop from Benton, KY. The male/female team weighed a two-day bag of 16.81 pounds to claim their spot and earn $300.

Team Waldrop fished central Kentucky Lake around Blood River. They spider rigged using Lake Fork Baby Shad and Sour Grape in 5 foot of water to boat about 30 fish.

Epilogue

Darrell Van Vactor, CUSA Operations Manager, sent special thanks to Henry County Tourism and the Buchanan Resort for their hospitality in hosting the seminar and providing host housing.

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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