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2017 Tournament Results

Lake:Cave Run Lake, Morehead, KY

Crappie USA Tournament Results For Cave Run Lake at Morehead, Kentucky

Cave Run Lake played host to the Crappie USA Event this past Saturday, April 1, 2017. Over 60 anglers from five different states were competing for not only the $6,300.00 in cash and prizes, but a chance to advance to the prestigious Cabala's Crappie USA Classic. This year's classic will be held October 26 – 28, 2017on Kentucky & Barkley Lakes at Paris, Tennessee.

Pro Division Results

Temperatures on Saturday were in the mid 50's with NW winds at 5-10 mph. The fish had slowed down due to a cold front that had moved through earlier in the week, and the water was rain stained, but that didn't keep Tim and Reba Cleary from taking first place in the Pro Division with a total weight of 6.39 pounds and earning $1,400.00, plus and additional $150.00 for 2nd place Big Fish and $500.00 Ranger Cup Bonus. The Pikeville, Kentucky team had to move all over the lake to find fish in their Ranger 188. They targeted ledges with structure in 12 -14 feet of water using multiple colors and one pole to land around 40 fish for the day. Their 2nd place Big Fish was a 1.48 pounder.

Kris and Terry Mann, both of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky took second place with a total weight of 5.87 pounds and earned $600.00, plus an additional $350.00 Big Fish of the event. The team had to move around the lake to find their fish in their Ranger 188 Aluminum, stating that the cold front moved the fish back out to the main lake. They fished drops, ledges and brushpiles using Crappie Magnet in green/chartreuse color tipped with minnows in 18 – 20 feet of water, catching their Big Fish at 27 feet, that weighed 1.50 pounds.

Taking third place were Roger Claywell of New Castle, Indiana and Derek Byard of Noblesville, Indiana weighing in at 3.27 pounds and earning $400.00, plus an additional $250.00 Talon Bonus. The team fished out of their new Ranger 198 Aluminum rigged with a Minn Kota Talon. They fished in one area across from Clay Lick using pink jig heads tipped with minnows in 14 – 20 feet of water to land 25 total fish for the day.

Amateur Division Results

We had a tie for first place in the Amateur Division. James Fields of Inez, Kentucky and Glenn Preece of Tomahawk, weighed in at 5.46 pounds and earned $750.00. The team fished in the Clay Lick area targeting structure in 30 feet of water, spider rigging using one pole with pink/white jigs to catch around 50 fish for the event.

Andrew and Robin Peffly of New Lebanon, Ohio also weighed in at 5.46 and earned $750.00. The team fished in the Longbow area all day Saturday targeting stick ups, using one pole with green/chartreuse jigs tipped with minnows in 10 – 15 feet of water to land 30 fish for the day.

Taking second place was Andrew and Michael Wilson, both of Lexington, Kentucky weighing in at 5.02 pounds and earning $400.00. The team fished on the main lake near Clay Lick in 10 – 20 feet of water spider rigging using white/chartreuse color jigs to catch 30 fish on Saturday.

David Salisbury and David Pauly took third place of the event weighing in at 4.33 pounds and earning $300.00, plus an additional $125.00 Ranger Cup Amateur Bonus. The Catlettsburg, Kentucky team fished out of their Ranger 481 VS on the main lake using Crappie Magnet jigs in purple/chartreuse and white/chartreuse color jigs in 15 – 20 feet of water with one pole to land 30 – 40 fish for the event.

In fourth place was Robert Matheny and Samuel Franke, both of Shepherdsville, Kentucky with a total weight of 3.88 pounds and earned $200.00. The team did not give away any of their secrets!

A special thank you to the Morehead Tourism for hosting the event. Also, thank you to the Morehead Conference Center for allowing us to use their facilities for the captains meeting. A thank you to Cave Run Lodge for taking care of all the anglers and the staff.

National Sponsors of Crappie USA are: Cabela's, Ranger Boats, Mercury, Mustad, B 'n' M Poles, Minn Kota, Humminbird Electronics, Gamma, Adventure Products EGO Nets, J.R. Mad's, Charlie Brewer's Slider Co., Big Bite Baits, TTI-Blakemore Road Runner, Driftmaster Rod Holders, World Fishing Network-WFN, Cumberland Crappie Double Seat Mounts, Church Tackle Company, 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, Crown Trophy and Jenko Fishing.

The following companies furnish product to help make these events possible: Kodiak Fish Attractants, Rigrap and Keep Alive.

For more information please call Crappie USA at 502-384-5924. Be sure to check out our website at: www.crappieusa.com and like our Crappie USA Tournament Trail Facebook Page. Both sites contain new and exciting information on our events along with special information for crappie anglers everywhere.


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