2020 Tournament Results
|Lake:||KY & Barkley Lakes, Paris, TN
|Date:||06/26/20 - 06/27/20
CUSA Mega Bucks Victory goes to Jones and Blackley
(A total of $ 27,250 was distributed to the winners.)
Louisville, KY – June 28, 2020 – Crappie anglers from eleven states traveled to KY and Barkley Lakes at Paris, TN to participate in the June 26-27 Crappie USA (CUSA) Mega Bucks event.
The CUSA Mega Bucks tournament launched day one with 114 anglers, all fishing in the same division. The anglers were competing for their share of the $25,000.00 purse and an opportunity to qualify for the Bass Pro Shops / Cabela’s Crappie USA $125,000.00 Classic this fall on Green River Lake, Columbia, KY.
Friday was hot and humid with temperatures rising into the 90's. Winds blew at 10-20 MPH out of the SE as day one fishing set up a shootout for day two with less than a pound separating the top eight teams. John Hicks and Tim Harris led the pack with 10.83 pounds but were followed closely by Lee Anderson and Rick Johnson with 10.63 pounds. Day one Big Fish went to Jeff Outland and Michael McGregor with a 1.85 pounder.
Saturday’s day two brought monsoon rains all morning with wind advisory on the lakes. The wind blew 15-30 MPH all day long. The air temps were cooler, rising only to about 80 degrees.
A total of 54 boats fished the event, all in the same division. A total of $ 27,250 was distributed to the winners.
Mega Bucks Results
The top spot in the 2020 Mega Bucks competition went to Josh Jones from Sapulpa, OK and Tim Blackley from Hornbeak, TN. They were setting in 5th place after day one with 10.34 pounds, less than a pound out of first. Day two produced 10.16 pounds and a two-day total of 20.5 pounds. They earned a check for $10,000.
Jones and Blackley fished mid-Barkley Lake in 7 to 14 feet of water using their electronics to find fish randomly feeding along flats. They said the fish were not holding in cover but chasing small bait like willow flies.
“We were catching suspended fish not on structure,” reported Jones. “The mayfly hatch had them biting a hair jig really well. We were catching anywhere from 40-70 keepers a day. We did not catch a fish under 1.5 pounds from below 12 feet. If we found a fish deeper than 12 feet it was a good one.”
They reported one poling with a 1/64 bucktail hair jig tied below a 1/4-ounce weight. The combination helped them catch more than 100 fish for the weekend.
The runner up spot went to Lee Anderson and Rick Johnston. The Benton, KY anglers were holding down second place after day one. They weighed a two-day total of 20.43 pounds to keep their position on the final day. Their efforts earned them a check for $4,000.
Anderson and Johnston fished Barkley Lake north of 68 Highway in 10-22 feet of water. They used one pole to vertical jig with hair jigs and Jenko Jigs to catch more than 60 fish for the weekend.
Tony Sheppard from Dexter, KY and Mike Sheppard from Kirksey, KY were setting in 4th place after day one. Their two-day total of 20.08 pounds moved them up to third and earned them a check for $2,100.
“We were casting to manmade structure,” reported Tony. “We were using my new Trick Stick light and Daiwa Ballistic reels. Money Milk in the Jenko Fry Baby was our bait of choice. We rigged the Fry Baby on a black 1/16 ounce Slasher jig head.”
Team Sheppard fished an area of Barkley around Hwy 68 in about 12 feet of water. They caught around 60 fish for the weekend.
Willis Knutt from Keyesport, IL and Kyle Seiffert from Wood River, IL brought a two-day total of 19.8 pounds to the scales. It was good enough to move the team from sixth place on day one to fourth place and earn them a check for $1,700.
Knutt and Seiffert fished the north end of Barkley Lake. They were one pole vertical jigging in 13 feet of water. They rigged with white/chartreuse hair jigs to catch a total of 80 crappies for the weekend.
Rounding out the top five was Chase Petty from Jackson, TN and Kegan Green from Gleason TN. They teamed up to weight a two-day total of 19.59 pounds and earn a check for $1,500.
Petty and Green fished the mid-section of KY Lake in 13 feet of water. They were vertical jigging over manmade cover. They reported using small 1-inch jigs in an assortment of colors to catch 40 fish for the weekend.
Big Fish honors went to Jeff Outland and Michael McGregor of Benton KY. They posted their 1.85-pound crappie on day one. The big slab held up through the day two competition to retain the top spot.
The 6th place team of TJ Todd and Brian Hatch took the Ranger Cup Bonus and 2nd Big Fish at 1.72 pounds. They earned a check for $1980.
The top Adult/Youth team went to Richard and Riley Hughes. They earned a $500 scholarship.
Ling and Tony Grooms finished as the top Male/Female team. They earned a check for $500.
Darrell Van Vactor, CUSA Operations Manager, sent special thanks to Paris / Henry County Tourism for hosting the event and to Buchanan Resort for all their work in making the event a huge success.
"We had a fantastic event, even with heavy rains and strong winds on Saturday,” Van Vactor said. “There were teams from 11 states fishing the event and the catch really surprised many local anglers. There were some really good weights for late June on Ky Lake."
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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