Crappie anglers from several states rolled into Lake Guntersville to compete in the Crappie USA (CUSA) event this past Saturday, March 10, 2018. They were faced with temperatures in the 40’s with heavy rain and fog for most of the day. More than 70 anglers competed for $6,450.00 in cash and prizes and a chance to advance to Cabala’s Crappie USA Classic.
The Classic event will be October 3 – 6, 2018 on Lake Cumberland at Somerset, Kentucky and will have a guaranteed payout of $125,000 in cash and prizes. Be sure to check out their website at www.crappieusa.com and like their Crappie USA Tournament Trail Facebook Page.
Pro Division Results
Dale Thompson and Eddie Milby, both of Greensburg, Kentucky took first place in the Pro Division with a total weight of 12.57 pounds. Their weight earned them $1,500.00, plus an additional $500.00 Ranger Cup Bonus.
The team fished South Sauty area of the lake in 14 – 16 feet of water using dark color crankbaits to catch a total of 15 fish for the day. The fish were biting early in the morning but began to slow down when heavy rains began to fall from 9 am until the early afternoon.
Chad Hitchcock of Rockmont, Georgia and Jason Tucker of Guntersville, Alabama took second place with a total weight of 12.50 pounds. They earned $800.00, plus an additional $250.00 Talon Bonus.
The team fished the South Sauty area in 14 – 17 feet of water using live bait over cover to land a total of 50 fish for the event.
Taking third place was Joe and Janette Carter, both of Gilbert, South Carolina. They weighed 12.16 pounds to earn $500.00.
The team also fished the South Sauty area, long-line trolling assorted color jigs in over 15 feet of water to catch a total of 50 fish for the day. The team stated they would love to see a Classic event on Guntersville Lake due to the excellent fishery and so many large and healthy fish being caught by the teams.
Amateur Division Results
Chad Brooks of Sommerville, Alabama and John Childers of Union Grove, Alabama took first place in the Amateur Division with a total weight of 13.54 pounds to earn $900.00.
The team fished the Southern part of Lake Guntersville in 5 – 12 feet of water. They were tight-lining minnows with one pole in hand to be able to get bait down tight into the cover. The bite was very light due to rain and general conditions, but they caught 35 fish for the day.
Taking second place was Gary Stephens of Guntersville, Alabama weighing in at 12.38 pounds to earn $400.00, plus an additional $190.00 for 2nd Big Fish.
Gary fished South Sauty after early boat problems. He used one pole in hand with minnows on Roadrunner heads. Later, after the rain quit, he switched over to spider rigging in 12 – 14 feet of water in the brush where he caught the 2nd Place Big Fish of the event, a 2.44-pound slab.
Justin Harris of Moulton, Alabama and Jeff Harris of Trinity, Alabama took third place weighing in at 12.26 pounds and earning $300.00. The team fished the lower end of the lake in 25 feet of water pulling black crankbaits to catch 14 fish for the tournament.
Roger and Brad West, both of Gurley, Alabama, took fourth place weighing in at 12.10 pounds and earning $200.00. The team fished the Waterfront area shooting docks with shimmer shad colored jigs in 14 – 20 feet of water. They caught about 50 fish for the day.
Big Fish honors went to the 6th Place Amateur Team of Roger Claywell and Dean Rogers. They caught a 2.49-pound slab to earn $430.00. The team also earned a Ranger Cup Bonus for an additional $125.00.
CUSA officials sent a special thank you to the City of Stevenson, Alabama for hosting the event and to Jackson County Middle School for the use of their activities center for the seminar on Friday evening.
These events could not take place without CUSA’s National Sponsors. They include Cabela’s, Ranger Boats, Mercury, Mustad, B ‘n’ M Poles, Humminbird Electronics, Gamma, Adventure Products EGO Nets, Minn Kota, J.R. Mad’s Madgic Fish Breading, Big Bite Baits, TTI-Blakemore Road Runner, Driftmaster Rod Holders, World Fishing Network-WFN, Cumberland Crappie Double Seat Mounts, Church Tackle Company, Charlie Brewer’s Slider Co., Crappie Now on-line Magazine, Talon Shallow Water Anchors, Humminbird/Lakemaster Maps, Sunsect Sunscreen & Insect Repellent, Digital EFX Wraps, Gill Rainwear, AWD Baits, Tentnology, Crappie Magnet, Jenko Fishing, Lake Cumberland Tourism, Extreme Bait Systems, Rigrap, and Bait 2 Go.
For more information please call Crappie USA at 502-384-5924. You can also check out their website at www.crappieusa.com and like their Crappie USA Tournament Trail Facebook page. Both sites contain new and exciting information on CUSA events along with special information for crappie anglers everywhere.