2020 Tournament Results
|Lake:||Carlyle Lake, Carlyle, IL
CUSA Pro Division Victory on Carlyle Lake goes to Gildehaus and Brooks
(Hicks and Harris take Amateur Division)
Louisville, KY – September 13, 2020 – Crappie anglers from seven states traveled to Carlyle Lake at Carlyle, IL to participate in the September 12, 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 Carlyle started out in the 60's and warmed to afternoon temps in the high 80’s. Winds blew at 5-10 mph with rain showers beginning about noon and included some heavy downpours during the weigh-in.
A total of 20 boats fished the event—9 in the Pro Division and 11 in the Amateur Division. A total of $5,425 was distributed to the winners.
Pro Division Results
The top spot at Carlyle went to Andrew Gildehaus from Pochahanis, IL, and Tonnie Brooks from Breeze IL. They teamed up to bring 8.66 pounds to the scales and earned a check for $1400. Their bag included Big Fish of the tournament at 1.93 pounds to add $350. They also added the Crappie Magnet Bonus of $200 and the Jenko Bonus of $100.
“It was a foggy and overcast day,” reported Gildehaus. “We fished main lake structure in the morning. We were single poling 1/16- and 1/32-ounce jigs. I used Jenko Big T Fry most of the day. In the afternoon we moved back in the cove/creek in search of bigger fish. We found a bunch but they were tough to get to bite. That’s where we caught are big fish of the day.”
“The fish did not cooperate as well as we expected,” confirmed Brooks. “We started fishing on the east side south shore area. We targeted brush piles in 8 to 10 feet of water. After fishing there for quite a few hours we moved to Peppenhorst and finished out the day.”
The team was single pole jigging with Garmin Livescope in cover. Gildehaus used mostly Big T Jenko jigs in green tipped with Crappie Magnet Slab Bites while Brooks used chartreuse, blue and white tubes to catch 50 Carlyle Lake crappies on the day.
The runner-up spot went to Ronnie Webber and Mont Webber from St Elmo, IL. They weighed a bag of 8.03 pounds to take second place and earn a check for $600. They added $250 for the Talon Bonus.
They fished all over the lake to find their fish. They were also single poling. They used minnows and jigs tipped with Slab Bites in 4 to 10 feet of water. They had a good day, catching around 50 crappies on the day.
Steve Hess from Casmbria, IL, and Dan Lutchka from Cartersville IL claimed the third spot with 7.99 pounds. They earned a check for $400.
Hess and Lutchka fished all over the lake in search of larger fish. They were targeting 5 to 10 feet of water using jigs in various colors. They were tipping with larger size minnows to catch a total of 50-60 fish for the day.
“We caught a lot of fish,” reported Lutchka. “We were throwing back one-pound fish all day trying to upgrade.”
Amateur Division Results
John Hicks from Adairsville, GA, and Timothy Harris from Plainville GA took their first win ever on the CUSA Trail. They weighed a 7 fish bag of 8.14 pounds to take the top spot in the Amateur Division and earn a check for $700. They added $150 for catching the 2nd Big Fish.
“We started out with a long trip from Georgia,” reported Hicks. “We headed to Carlyle knowing that we struggled with this lake last year. We fished the Allen Branch area, which is the same area that we fished the previous year, with not even a fish. But we knew the structure was there.”
“We started out single polling with some Freaky Frank jigs,” continued Hicks. “Then we changed to pushing double minnow rigs with slab bites. The first few fish we caught were shorts and then we started moving around the area. We ended up on some structure holding fish in 7-8 feet of water. In just a few passes we were able to get 3 nice crappie.”
By 1:30 Hicks and Harris had their 7 fish limit and began culling. They caught 12 keeper fish on the day, a combination of white and black crappie. They said that most of the larger fish seemed to go after the ones with the slab bites. Because of the area they decided to fish they were able to keep the wind out of play and ended up catching about 30 fish on the day.
“Heck yeah,” concluded Hicks. “After 2 full years of following the Crappie USA Trail we got our first win!!! It’s so awesome!”
John Moffett and Jeff Moffett from Illopolis, IL teamed up to take the runner-up spot. They brought 7.95 pounds to the scales to take second place and earn a check for $300.
Team Moffett fished from the Keysport area of the lake back to the weigh-in site. They found their fish in 6 to 12 feet of water. Like many others, they were using one pole over structure. They had a great day using live bait to catch over 100 fish for the day.
Cottontown, TN anglers Dewayne Craig and Kyle Levering took the third spot at Carlyle. They weighed a bag of 7.65 pounds to earn a check for $200.
They chose to fish Allen Branch where they were single poling over structure. They used the Original size Crappie Magnet in pink/chartreuse with 1/16th ounce Crappie Magnet head to catch 50 fish for the day.
"We used the smaller size Crappie Magnet,” offered Levering. “It seemed to be the ticket today."
Darrell Van Vactor, CUSA Operations Manager, sent special thanks to Carlyle Tourism and Mariners Village for all their support in hosting the event. He also commented on the trip into Carlyle.
"It was refreshing to see the support for our nation on the highways coming up to Carlyle on 9-11-20,” Van Vactor said. “Every bridge had people waving the American flag in remembrance of those who lost their lives on 9-11-01. Even in these unprecedented times of our nation’s history and political division we still come together as one nation under God!"
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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