2020 Tournament Results
|Lake:||Old Hickory Lake, Gallatin, TN
Maddox and Oldham Wins CUSA Pro Division on Old Hickory Lake, Gallatin, TN
(Craig and Levering take Amateur Division)
Louisville, KY – June 21, 2020 – Crappie anglers from eight traveled to the Old Hickory Lake, Gallatin, TN to participate in the June 20, 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.
The air temperature at Old Hickory rose into the 90s, with light winds. It is not unusual to have heavy boat traffic this time of the year on Old Hickory. Anglers reported fighting the boat traffic, the heat, and a slow bite. Yet, some good weights came to the winners.
"It was great to see a really nice field of anglers at Old Hickory this weekend,” said CUSA Operations Manager Darrell Van Vactor. “Thanks to all for coming and to Sumner County CVB for hosting the event"
A total of 43 boats fished the event—15 in the Pro Division and 28 in the Amateur Division. A total of $ 7,500 was distributed to the winners.
Pro Division Results
Harold Maddux and Brian Oldham from Mt. Juliet, TN claimed the top honors at Old Hickory this weekend. They teamed up to bring a limit of Old Hickory crappie to the scales that weighed 11.29 pounds. Their bag earned them a check for $1,500 for the win. They also bagged the Big Fish of the tournament at 2.12 pounds to add $700 to their payday. The Crappie Magnet Bonus added another $200.
Maddux and Oldham fished Cedar Creek and Spencer Creek to find their fish. They targeted manmade cover in 8 to 12 feet of water.
The team depended on their Slab Magnet in chartreuse, tipped with Slab Bites to catch around 50 fish for the day
The Runner-up spot went to Tony Thomas from Section, AL and Jason Hawkins from
Sylvania, AL. They demonstrated their crappie catching skills by bringing 7 fish to the scales that weighed 9.69 pounds. Their bag earned them the second-place check of $800.00.
Thomas and Hawkins also fished in Spencer Creek. They tipped with live bait to catch their crappies at various depths.
“God blessed us with a great day of fishing,” reported Hawkins. “We caught around 50 crappies by spider rigging on the main river humps in 11-14 feet of water. We fished double ice jigs tipped with minnows. The pleasure boat traffic made it tough to fish after 9:00. If it wasn’t for the SeaArk Easy 200 we wouldn’t have been able to fish the style we did so well on.”
The third spot went to Shawn Salyers and Josh Lovett. The team from Murray, KY brought 9.56 pounds to the scales to earn a check for $500.
Salyers and Lovett fished Spencer Creek with one day of prefishing. The team was fishing in12 to 14 feet of water. They caught a total of 15 fish for the day using Jenko Fishing and Corn Field Crappie Gear.
“We used a Jenko Fishing Tickle Fry,” reported Lovett. “The color was dirty milk. We pinned it on a 1/8-ounce black Jenko Slasher head.”
“Old Hickory is quickly becoming one of my favorite lakes to fish,” Lovett concluded.
Scott Bunch from Morristown, TN and Neal Alvis from Rogersville, TN teamed up to bring 9.15 pounds to the scales. They were the winners of the $250 Ranger Cup Bonus.
Bunch and Alvis fished from Station Camp to the dam to find their fish. They were fishing over manmade cover using Crappie Magnet lures with Slab Bites in 12 to 16 feet
of water. The team credited their B’n’M poles, Ultimate Gig Lights & Badger Baits for helping them catch 40 to 50 fish for the day.
The 6th place team of Patrick Stone and Steve Jeffers form Anderson, IN won the Talon Bonus of $250.00.
Amateur Division Results
First place in the Amateur Division went to Dwayne Craig and Lyle Levering from Cottontown, TN. The pair brought 9.2 pounds to the scales to earn a check for $1,100.
Craig and Levering fished the middle part of Bluegrass over cover. They used Crappie Magnet jigs in 8 to 15 feet of water. White/chartreuse and salt/pepper colors worked best. They were tipping with Slab Bites to enhance the bite. The team caught about 25 keepers and maybe 15 throwbacks.
The runner-up team of Rudy Bostelman from Mt. Juliet, TN, and Brian Bostelman from Hendersonville, TN weighed in 8.49 pounds to claim the second-place slot. They earned a check for $600.
Team Bostelman fished Drakes Creek in 22 feet of water. They used live bait over man ade cover to catch 10 fish for the day.
The third-place spot went to Lance Harrington and Jeff Harrington from Mt. Juliet, TN. They teamed up to bring 8.35 pounds to the scales and earn a check for $400.
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Chris Fowler from Castalian Springs, TN fished solo to pull down the fourth spot. He had a weight of 8.3 pounds to claim the spot and earn a check for $300. He added $125 for the Ranger Cup Bonus.
Fowler fished from Drakes Creek to the dam to find his fish. He used Big Bite Jigs and minnows in 15 to 22 feet of water. He culled his limit from a total catch of about 15 crappies on the day.
“Old Hickory is never easy to fish on a Saturday this time of year,” Fowler said. “But I’d rather chase them crappie then be sitting on the couch at home!”
Another solo angler filled out the top five. Wayne Goodall from Mt Juliet, TN brought a bag weighing 7.39 pounds to the scales to win fifth place earn a check for $300.
He joined other top finishers in Drakes Creek to find his fish. He searched in 8 to15 feet of water to catch 20 fish for the day.
Darrell Van Vactor, CUSA Operations Manager, sent special thanks to Barry Young and the staff of Putnam County Tourism for hosting the event.
“This event had to be canceled from an earlier date because of the coronavirus,” Van Vactor said. “The assistance of the tourism folks in rescheduling venues for the event is very much appreciated. And I want to thank all the anglers and spectators for observing social distancing during the weigh-in and awards.”
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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