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2019 Tournament Results

Lake:Lake Barkley, Cadiz, KY
Date:04/12/19 - 04/13/19

CUSA Pro Division Victory at Lake Barkley, Cadiz, KY goes to Team Grooms
(Marshal and Ray Stearns take Amateur Division. )

Louisville, KY – April 14, 2019 – Crappie anglers from several states traveled to Lake Barkley at Cadiz, KY to participate in a Crappie USA (CUSA) Super Event, The April 12th and 13th 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.

Anglers were allowed to fish the area from Barkley Dam Canal Bridge to Cheatham Dam. The weigh-in took place at Lake Barkley Marina on State Park Road. Tony Grooms and Ling Grooms held the Pro Division lead after day one with 12.50 pounds. Doug Wynn and Justin Elder led the Amateur Division after the first day with an even 12 pounds. Jay Harris and Robert Teeter were leading big fish with a 2.42-pound slab.

Windy weather prevailed on the days before the tournament for prefishing. The winds blew at 30 to 40 mph on Thursday and then dropped to 10 to 15 from the SW on Friday. Saturday saw mild temperatures in the 60s, winds at 10 to 15 from the NE and rain that began around noon.

"This weekend saw some really healthy fish on Lake Barkley,” reported tournament director Darrell Van Vactor. “We weighed lots of fish pushing the 2-pound plus mark. The crappies are just starting their spawn on Lake Barkley."

A total of 43 boats fished the Barkley event—18 in the Pro Division and 25 in the Amateur Division. A total of $11,450 was distributed to the winners.

In a gesture of crappie class, the drawing for an entry to the CUSA Classic was won by Darren Isbell. He turned right around and donated the entry to Troy Blankenship who is battling cancer and cannot fish a local event but wants to fish the Classic.

Pro Division Results

Tony and Ling Grooms claimed the top spot at Cadiz with an impressive 25.11-pound bag of Lake Barkley crappie. The Murray, Ky team earned a check for $3,000.00 for their two-day performance.

Tony and Ling fished south Lake Barkley using live bait. They drifted with the wind while spider rigging. They found the fish in 18- to 20-foot water. The team used black/green glow jigs to catch about 60 fish each day of the two-day tournament.

The husband/wife team of Paul and Elizabeth Turner took the runner-up spot. Team Turner, from Covington, TN brought a two-day weight of 24.25 pounds to the scales to earn the second-place prize of $2,000.00.

Paul and Elizabeth also fished south Barkley Lake. They were spider rigging in 6- to 10-foot water. They used double minnow rigs with several different jigs. The team reported that the black/chartreuse was working best. They caught around 60 fish each day.

Third place went to Tony and Mike Sheppard. Tony, from Dexter, KY, and Mike, from Kirksey, KY had a two-day weight of 23.48 pounds to claim their spot and earn a check for $1,000.00.

Tony and Mike used Jenko poles with Jenko 1/4-ounce jigheads to vertical jig. They were targeting wood cover in 4 to 8 foot of water. They reported that the monkey/grass and midnight/chartreuse colors worked best. The team caught around 30 fish each day.

Fourth place went to the three-person team of Shawn and Travis Gore and Joey Peck, all from Almo, KY. Their 23.11-pound bag earned them a check for $ 200. They added the Ranger Cup bonus of $250.

The Almo, Ky team fished open water in the middle of Lake Barkley. They were spider rigging in 12 to 15 foot of water over wood cover. The team was using red/chartreuse jigs from Knothead Tackle. They caught around 25 crappies each day.

TJ Todd and Brian Hatch from Dyersburg, TN rounded out the top five with 22.61 pounds. Their bag included the second big fish of the tournament at 2.32 pounds which earned the team $245.

Todd and Hatch fished mid-lake in 4 to 6 foot of water. They were spider rigging using Strike King jigs in various colors to catch about 80 crappie per day.

Pro Division anglers Sean Baskin and Jimmy Temple weighed in 22.27 pounds and won the Talon Bonus of $250.00.

Amateur Division Results

Marshall Stearns from Frewsburg, NY and Ray Stearns from Kennedy, NY claimed the gold ring in the Amateur Division with 24.6 pounds. That bag earned the NY team a check for $1,500.00.

Team Stearns fished south Lake Barkley. They were spider rigging the channels in 8 to18 feet of water. They used Jenko Mermaid tails in pink, white/blue and green to catch 30 to 40 fish per day. They described the Lake Barkley fishing as “fantastic this weekend.”

Second place in the Amateur Division went to Doug Wynn from Benton, KY and Justin Elder from Evansville, IN. The team weighed in a bag of 23.77 pounds to earn $800.00.

Crankbaits turned out to be the ticket for Wynn and Elder. They pulled Pico crankbaits in several color patterns to claim their spot. The fished the north end of Lake Barkley in 15 to 25 foot of water. The crankbait strategy produced about 40 fish in the two-day event.

Joey Clark from Murray, KY and Jeremy Jones from Mayfield KY claimed the third-place spot with 21.44 pounds. They earned a check for $450.00.

The team spider rigged in the Little River area. They were pushing midnight and chartreuse colored jigs in 12 to 14 feet of water. The fish were suspended at about 8 to 9 foot deep. Clark and Jones caught around 60 fish for the weekend.

The TN team of Jay Harris and Robert Teeter claimed the fourth-place spot and also Big Fish. Harris from Clarksville, TN and Teeter from Adams, TN weighed a bag of 21.42 pounds that included the Big Fish of 2.42 pounds. They earned $200.00 for placing and $575 for Big Fish and an additional $100 gift card for the Jenko Bonus.

Harris and Teeter fished one pole in hand on the south end of Lake Barkley. They were rigged with blue ice jigs and hair jigs. They targeted 4- to 8-foot deep flats to catch a total of 60 fish for the weekend.

Fifth place went to Chris Glasgow and James Welker from Dover TN. They brought 21.22 pounds to the scales to earn a check for $150.00.

Glasgow and Welker fished the south end of the lake. They were one pole vertical jigging in various water depths. They used black/chartreuse and red/chartreuse colors to boat about 80 fish for the weekend.

Wayne Goodall weighed a bag of 18.49 pounds to win the Ranger Cup bonus of $125.00.


Darrell Van Vactor, CUSA Operations Manager, sent special thanks to Bill Stevens and his staff at Cadiz - Trigg County CVB for hosting the event and to Barkley State Resort Park for hosting the seminar.

“The State Park Resort certainly has the finest chef anywhere,” praised Van Vactor. “Jack McGee certainly lived up to his reputation this weekend at the State Park Dining Room.”

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.

For more information on the Classic and other CUSA events visit the website at www.crappieusa.com and Crappie USA Tournament Trail Facebook Page. The CUSA office is available by phone at 502-384-5924.


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