2020 Tournament Results
|Lake:||Lake of the Ozarks, MO
CUSA Pro Division Victory on Lake of the Ozarks goes to Reeves and Webster
(CUSA Pro Division Victory on Lake of the Ozarks goes to Reeves and Webster)
Louisville, KY – October 12, 2020 – Crappie anglers from several states traveled to Lake of the Ozarks, MO to participate in the October 11, 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 experience a nice fishing day on Lake of the Ozarks. Air temperatures were warm in the upper 80s. Early morning fog burnt off quickly and gave way to bluebird skies and light breezes for the remainder of the day.
A total of 21 boats fished the event—12 in the Pro Division and 9 in the Amateur Division. A total of $4,525 was distributed to the winners.
Pro Division Results
Robert Reeves and Matt Webster from Camdenton, MO took the top spot in the Pro Division at Lake of the Ozarks. The local team brought 7.94 pounds to the scales to take first place honors and earn a check for $1,500.
They fished the Gravois Arm of Lake of the Ozarks. They chose dock shooting as their fishing method of choice. Lake of the Ozarks is characterized by many residential docks and Reeves and Webster took advantage of that fact.
LiveScope makes it more efficient to shoot docks, because anglers can tell which docks hold crappie and which ones don’t. Reeves and Webster found fish with docks in 20 or more feet of water. They were using Lew’s poles and K-Nine line to “shoot” silver fish colored jigs under the docks. The method was very productive as they caught more than 100 fish on the day.
Second Place Pro Division
The husband/wife team of Tony and Ling Grooms teamed up to claim the runner-up spot with 7.93 pounds. The Murray, KY team earned the second-place prize money of $800.
Tony and Ling began their day trolling, but later changed over to shooting docks. They fished upriver around the Wigwam Arm of the lake where they reported that their bigger fish came while shooting docks. They were using Jenko and Crappie Magnet jigs tipped with minnows and nibbles.
Third Place Pro Division
Eric Wieghop from Macks Creek, MO, and John Kaiser from Camdenton, MO weighed a bag of 7.77 pounds to take the third-place honors. They earned a check for $500 for their efforts.
The father/son team of Thatcher and Raymond Wehmeyer from Stover, MO caught the Big Fish of the Tournament. The big slab pulled the scales to 1.50 pounds.
The local anglers caught the big crappie off of a bed they had laid down last year. The winning slab got their day started off right, as they reported it to be the first fish of the day. They found the crappie to be holding really tight in the beds.
Thatcher stated that he enjoyed the tournament, especially getting to fish with his dad.
Amateur Division Results
First Place Amateur Division
Kim Brockman and Rick Sparks from Stover, MO took the top spot in the Amateur Division with 6.4 pounds. Their bag earned them a check for $700.
Brockman and Sparks used Outlaw Rods and Power Pro line to vertical jig around Mile Marker 56. They tipped Jenko jig heads with minnows over structure. The team caught abut 30 keeper crappies on the day. He stated that the big fish were deep and in the brush.
Second Place Amateur Division
The runner-up spot in the Amateur Division went to Jason Pecron from Desoto, MO. He brought 5.4 pounds to the scales to earn a check for $300.
Pecron fished solo around Mile Marker 45. He fished with one pole in hand jigging in and around brush. He was rigged with Crappie Bombs in the blue/silver color. He did report some open water fish in 12 feet of water.
Third Place Amateur Division
Another solo angler and points race chaser brought in the winning weight for the third-place spot. Bob Denen fished the Greenwood, SC event the day before and then made the long drive to Lake of the Ozarks to complete his run at the points race. He brought 5.3 pounds to the scales to claim third place honors and earn a check for $200.
Denen fished Lake of the Ozarks using shiner minnows. He targeted brush piles, reporting that his bigger fish came off the bottom in about 16 feet water.
In a Facebook post following the tournament Denen congratulated Tim Harris and John Hicks on winning the points race. They too had fished Greenwood, SC on Saturday before making the 15 hours plus drive to Lake of the Ozarks.
The Crappie USA team sent special thanks to Franky & Louie's Beachfront Bar & Grill for hosting the weigh-in for both the Kids Rodeo and CUSA event.
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.