2020 Tournament Results
|Lake:||Lake Cumberland, Somerset, KY
|Date:||09/18/20 - 09/19/20
Team Patterson take CUSA Pro Division Victory on Lake Cumberland
(Team Creech take Amateur Division. )
Louisville, KY – September 20, 2020 – Crappie anglers from six states traveled to Lake Cumberland at Somerset, KY to participate in the September 18-19, 2020 Crappie USA (CUSA) Super Event. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s presented the tournament for local and traveling anglers. Competitors were vying for cash, prizes, and an opportunity to compete at the 2020 CUSA Classic which will feature a guaranteed payout of $125,000 in cash and prizes.
The air temperature at Somerset started out in the 60's each day, warming into the 80’s on Friday, but only into the 70’s on Saturday. Winds on Friday were at 12-20 from the NE and at 10-15 from NE on Saturday.
A cool front made for comfortable fishing, low humidity, and beautiful fall days. The water temperature was still high and the fish were deep, making it challenging to take care of them in the livewell.
A total of 54 boats fished the event—12 in the Pro Division and 42 in the Amateur Division. A total of $13,250 was distributed to the winners.
Pro Division Results
The top spot on Cumberland went to Kenny and Arnold Patterson from Knifley, KY. They teamed up to bring 9.79 pounds to the scales and earn a check for $3000. They added $250 for the Talon Bonus.
Team Patterson fished the Wolf Creek area on the lower section of the lake to catch their winning bag. They were targeting 6 to 12 feet of water. Live bait played a role in their success.
“We targeted laydowns on rock banks early until the boat traffic picked up,” reported Kenny. “Then we moved shallow into stick-ups on mudflats. We were single pole jigging.”
Team Patterson switched back and forth between two rods. For the deeper cover they used a 12-foot Mr. Crappie Signature series rod by Lews. They added a 1/16oz chartreuse Mr. Crappie/Strike King sausage head and 2-inch grub. For the shallow cover they switched to 12-foot Mr. Crappie Slab Daddy rod with just a minnow.
“We caught our biggest fish around 2:30,” concluded Kenny. “Because of the wind and boat traffic the water was stained. So, I used my Humminbird 360 to find non-visible cover and then deployed the MinnKota Talons to stop and fish the cover.”
The three-man team of Ben Garland, Barry Turpen, and Nolan Kenner teamed up to take the runner-up spot. The team from Nancy, KY made a move from 5th place on day one to take the 2nd place spot. They brought a two-day total of 8.64 pounds to the scales to earn a check for $2,000.
“The weather was a little chilly,” Garland said. “But the water temp is still up there. The fish have gone down. A month later would have improved fishing as they come up. We were fishing in 20-25 feet of water.”
The team was one poling all the way. They fished the White Oak Creek area using Crappie Magnet jigs tipped with Slab Bites. They were using Bobby Garland plastics, mostly white. Day one was tough, but the fish decided to bite on day two and they caught a lot more fish. In the end, they caught 9 keepers for the tournament.
“It wasn’t working to cast and let the jig sink,” continued Garland. “It was taking too long. We stayed in the deeper water of the main channel. Most of the time we could just sit there and vertical jig very slowly.”
“They just bit better on day two,” added Garland. “The numbers and quality were better on day two. We caught black, white, and black nosed crappie fishing exactly the same way as day one.”
“It was just a great time,” concluded Garland. “Fishing with Barry and my grandson, Nolan; Getting to go up on the stage; It was just a bonus to catch fish. We were no better than anyone else, we just got lucky.”
The third spot went to Kris and Terry Mann from Mt Sterling, KY. The father/son team had a two-day total weight of 7.08 pounds to earn a check for $1,000.
Team Mann fished shallow water early before moving out deeper. The Crappie Magnet prostaffers found their fish in Greasy Creek where black/chartreuse worked best. They tipped with Slab Bites to catch 12 keepers.
Amateur Division Results
Justin and Chris Creech, from Nancy and Somerset, Ky, put it all together to win the top spot in the Amateur Division. They brought 11.99 pounds to the scales to earn a first-place check of $1,900. They added $250 for the Ranger Cup Bonus, $250 for the Gamma Line Bonus, $200 for the Crappie Magnet Bonues, and another $100 for the Jenko Bonus.
“We fished in the North Fork area of the lake around Buck Creek,” reported Justin. “The water was 10 degrees cooler there and it made a huge difference. We were casting into treetops.”
“We used some minnows on day one,” continued Justin. “But all of the fish we weighed were caught on Jenko Baby Fry in the Dirty Milk color and Bobby Garland Baby Shad in Pearl Chartreuse color.”
“We caught 23 keepers on day one and 10 on day two,” concluded Justin. “It’s a tough time to fish Lake Cumberland and the weights verify that.”
The runner-up spot in the Amateur Division went to M. Bidarian and Doug Ramsey from Somerset, KY. The local team brought 11.5 pounds to the scales to claim the second-place spot and earn a check for $1,000.
Bidarian and Ramsey joined the vertical jiggers to catch their fish. They fished North Fork targeting heavy cover in 20 feet of water. The team used white jigs to catch a total of 12 fish in the two days of tournament fishing.
Lynn and Nathan Cochran from Springfield, KY, teamed up to take the third spot. They had a two-day bag that weighed 11.25 pounds to earn a check for $500.
Lynn and Nathan fished Greasy Creek to find their fish. They were targeting 20 to 30 feet of water using Big Bite Baits Crappie Minnow in lighter colors to catch a total of 8 fish for the two days.
Fourth Place and Big Fish
William Rogers from Russell Springs, KY, and Richard Allen from Winchester, KY brought 10.92 pounds to the scale to earn a check for $400. They also had Big Fish of the tournament at 1.76 pounds to add $875 to their earnings.
Rogers and Allen fished Wolf Creek. They found fish at various depths using Big Bite jigs and Slab Magnet jigs in various colors. Sometimes they would tip with minnows. Overall, they caught more than 50 small fish and 7 keepers during the tournament.
Darrell Van Vactor, CUSA Operations Manager, sent special thanks to Somerset-Pulaski Co. CVB for sponsoring the event. Michelle, Van, and Katie all worked very hard to reschedule dates and locations due to the COVID 19 pandemic.
"It was a tough bite at Lake Cumberland this weekend,” said Van Vactor. “But a beautiful weekend to be on the water. Thanks to all who attended."
The CUSA Classic Championship will be held October 22 – 24, 2020 at Green River Lake, Columbia, KY. The 2020 Classic, presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela's, features a guaranteed payout of $125,000 in cash and prizes.
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