2020 Tournament Results
|Lake:||Lake Greenwood, SC
CUSA Pro Division Victory on Lake Greenwood goes to Dowda and Williams
(Hicks and Harris take Amateur Division. )
Louisville, KY – October 11, 2020 – Crappie anglers from five states traveled to Lake Greenwood, SC to participate in the October 10, 2020 Crappie USA (CUSA) 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.
Anglers had to overcome the remnants of Hurricane Delta on Tournament day. The storm that hit Louisiana dumped wind and rain almost all day long. Mild temperatures in the 70’s prevailed.
A total of 25 boats fished the event—15 in the Pro Division and 10 in the Amateur Division. A total of $6,250 was distributed to the winners.
Pro Division Results
First Place/Big Fish
The top spot in the Pro Division at Lake Greenwood went to Nicholas Dowda from Batesburg, SC, and Matthew Williams from Pelzer, SC. They teamed up to bring 11.07 pounds to the scales, including Big Fish at 2.05 pounds. The team earned $1,500 for first place. They added $500 for the Ranger Cup Bonus, $100 for the Jenko Bonus and $420 for Big Fish of the tournament.
“We started the day with 73-degree water temperatures,” reported Dowda. “It rained off and on throughout the day with overcast conditions. We focused on the mid part of Lake Greenwood in 18 to 25 feet of water.”
The team was one-poling with LiveScope to target brush piles and natural structure.
“We used a combination of Jenko Trick Stick Lights and Jenko Lucky 13 rods,” continued Dowda. Jigs tipped with minnows and Slab Slayer Jigs crappie willow were used the majority of the day. We caught a lot of fish in the pound range during but the bigger fish were tougher. We had to set on them for 45 minutes or longer to get a bite. It took a lot of patience to do that but it ended up being the right call.”
The runner-up spot went to William “Scooter” Byars and Keith Smith from Pelzers, SC. They had a bag weighing 11.03 pounds that included 2nd Big Fish. They earned a check for $800.
Byars and Smith were one-poling mid-Lake Greenwood. They found fish at various depths using Mt. Dew colored jigs to catch about 60 fish on the day. Their 2nd Big Fish weighed 1.93 pounds and earned them an additional $120.
Scott Bunch from Morristown, TN, and Neal Alvis from Rogersville, TN teamed up to weigh in a tying weight for the third spot. Their bag weighed 10.29 pounds and earned a check for $250.
Bunch and Alvis caught their fish with one pole in hand fishing above the trestle near the weigh-in site at Break on the Lake. The team used Crappie Magnet jigs tipped with Slab Bites to catch their tying weight. They reported catching about 30 fish on the day.
Mike Huffsteler from Chapin, SC and Ray Koon, JR from Prosperity, SC brought the exact 10.29 pounds to the scales for the third-place tie. They earned a check for $250.
Huffsteler and Koon fished mid lake using live bait in 25 foot of water. They caught 30 to 40 fish for the day.
Amateur Division Results
First Place Amateur
John Hicks from Adairsville, GA, and Timothy Harris from Plainville, GA brought 6 crappies to the scales weighing 7.07 pounds to earn the top spot in the Amateur Division. They earned a check for $700.
“This was our first time to fish Greenwood Lake,” reported Harris. “With us struggling a bit on the last two tournaments we decided not to pre-fish like we did in the previous two.”
The team fished the Harris Landing area of the lake. Harris and Hicks started out single polling with Freaky Frank’s Freaky Worms in several different colors. After that attempt to entice some crappies they switched over to spider rigging.
“We started in 8 feet of water and pushed on 16 feet,” explained Harris. “We caught the 6 Crappie, that we weighed in 10 to 12 feet of water by moving across the shallow to deeper water. We caught 3 or 4 short crappie but were left with only 6 decent crappie to weigh in.”
The team worked hard to get that 7th weigh-in fish. They ran the same pattern that produced the 6 they finally weighed. Number 7 fish just wouldn’t come for them.
“The water temp was 68-69 degrees,” reported Harris. “We had decent weather with a little rain and wind, which started around 10 am. John and I continue to learn/perfect our techniques and have learned a lot just this year to help us improve. We are blessed to get to do this and have met so many very good fishermen. We hope to continue to learn and improve!”
As the road warriors they are, Hicks and Harris left before the awards ceremony to make the 14 to 15-hour trip to Sunrise Beach, MO. They were heading out to fish the CUSA Lake of Ozarks event on Sunday, October 11.
Second Place Amateur
The runner-up spot on the amateur side went to Coleman Mundy and Carol Irvin from Charlotte, NC. They earned $300 for second place with a bag that weighed 6.03 pounds.
Mundy and Irvin fished the mid-section of the lake. They trolled around docks in 16 feet of water using green/chartreuse Jenko Jigs to catch a total of 9 fish for the day.
Third Place Amateur
Jeff Lowdermilk from Morgantown, NC, and Brian Stacey from Bostic, NC had a total weight of 2.61 pounds to earn a check for $200.
Lowdermilk and Stacey fished the trestle below the weigh-in site. They one-poled with Bobby Garland Baby Shad and bone jigs to catch 20 fish. They found their fish in several different depths of water.
Darrell Van Vactor, CUSA Operations Manager, sent special thanks to Visit Greenwood Tourism for hosting the event and to Break on the Lake for furnishing the weigh in site.
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.
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, Cumberland Crappie Double Seats, Brushpile Crappie, Charlie Brewer Slider, Crappie Now Magazine, Jenko Fishing, Big Bite Baits, Lake Cumberland CVB, Crappie Magnet, EFX Graphics, Fin n’ Frames, Crown Trophy, JR Madd Breading, WavePro, Freaky Franks Tackle, EZ Drift, Allegro Marinades, and Aftco Clothing.
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.