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Lake Cumberland 2012 Crappie Post Release1

May 05,2012


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Crappie USA Tournament Results for Kentucky's Lake Cumberland at Burnside, Kentucky

            This past Saturday Crappie USA held a qualifying event on Kentucky's Lake Cumberland near Burnside, Kentucky. These anglers from 9 different states were competing for not only cash and prizes, but a chance to advance to the prestigious Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic. This year's classic will be held October 24th-27th, 2012 on the Barkley/Kentucky Lakes at Cadiz,  Kentucky.  


Semi-Pro Division Results

            Taking first place was the team of Roy Cape of Cordele, Georgia and Robert Harris of Warner Robins, Georgia weighing in 7.61 pounds and earning $1,000.00. Roy and Robert also earned $500.00 for first place in the semi-pro division Ranger Cup Award and $250.00 for capturing big fish of the event with a 1.58 pound crappie. Roy and Robert were long line trolling in Indian Creek until 12:00 noon, catching only 1 keeper fish. The team traveled to Wolf Creek where they caught 15-20 keepers on chartreuse/white colored Tom's Jigs over a channel 15-18 feet deep.

            Second place went to the Liberty, Kentucky team of George Rodgers and Tim Marple with a weight of 7 pound and earning $500.00. George and Tim were fishing Wolf Creek in 6-12 feet of water using Charlie Brewer Sliders jigs spider rigging and chartreuse/green Southern Pro jigs under a float to catch 23 keepers for the day.     

In third place was Joe and Janette Carter of Gilbert, Southern Carolina weighing in 6.03 pounds and earning $250.00. Joe and Janette long lined pink and June bug colored jigs in Wolf and Cabin creeks in 8-15 feet of water and also tight lining over wood cover to catch 20-25 keepers for the day.

            Rodney Goforth of Yosemite, Kentucky and Jason Goforth of Harrodsburg, Kentucky  took fourth place with a weight of 5.51 pounds.

            Fifth place went to the Columbia, Kentucky team of David Jones and Robbie Harmon weighing in 5.4 pound of crappie.


Amateur Division Results

            First place in the amateur division was Terry Barker of Eubank, Kentucky with a total weight of 7.93 pounds and earning $800.00. Terry was fishing Wolf creek in 10-20 feet of water spider rigging with Cumberland rod holders. Terry said the black/chartreuse Charlie Brewer sliders seem to work best. He also caught a few fish long line trolling early to end up with 30 fish for the day. Teams are allowed to weigh in 7 fish for the day.

            Second place went to James Todd and James A. Todd of Crab Orchard, Kentucky with a weight of 7.51 pounds and earning $500.00. The Todd team was spider rigging in Fishing Creek in 6 feet of water using black/green and yellow/green Cabin Creek jigs tipped with minnows to catch 30 keepers for the day.

            Taking third place was the team of Donnie Burris of Gradyville, Kentucky and Darren Adams of Columbia, Kentucky with a weight of 7.29 pound and earning $200.00. Donnie and Darren were fishing  Caney Creek in 15-20 feet of water over brush using black/chartreuse Southern Pro jigs to catch 10 keepers for the day.  

            In fourth was the Somerset, Kentucky team of Todd Dalton and Robert Massey weighing in 6.93 pounds of crappie. Todd and Robert were fishing main lake cuts in 15 feet of water or less using chartreuse jigs to catch over 30 keepers for the day.

            Fifth place went to the Mt. Sterling, Kentucky team of Terry and Kris Mann weighing in 6.9 pound including their 1.53 pound kicker fish which took second biggest fish of the event to give the team $100.00. Terry and Kris were fishing Beaver Creek and Otter Creek spider rigging various depths to catch 30 fishing using live bait.


Congratulations to all the teams fishing this event. For a complete list of tournament standings and downloadable photos for this event visit then go to Tournament Results.


Crappie USA Free Kids Fishing Rodeo

In conjunction with the tournament Crappie USA held their Kids Rodeo on Saturday morning with several local children attending the event. All the participants signed up for a chance to win one of 6-$1,000.00 scholarships to be drawn for at the Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic.

Crappie USA and our anglers have contributed nearly $310,000.00 to the “Crappie Kids” Scholarships since 1997. We are very proud to be a part of the education process for the youngsters who participate in our tournaments as adult/youth teams and those who fish in the Crappie USA “Kids Fishing Rodeos”.

"A special thanks goes out to Carolyn Mounce Executive Director of the Somerset-Pulaski County CVB and Ed Furlong Director of the Burnside Tourism for hosting the event", said Crappie USA CEO Darrell Van Vactor. For more information on Somerset-Pulaski County call: 800-642-6287 or visit their website at: For information on the Burnside area call: (800) 240-2531 or visit their website at: Also a special thanks to the Kentucky Sports Authority for their support.


Stats for the Tournament:

Weather-Strong storms Friday night and early Saturday morning with the rain ending around 9:00 AM. Wind light and variable.  

Water-Water several feet low and clear.


National Sponsors of Crappie USA are: Cabela’s, Rebel Yell Bourbon,  Ranger Boats,  Evinrude Outboards , B ‘n’ M Poles, Minn Kota, Mustad Hooks, Humminbird Electronics, Adventure Products EGO Nets, J.R. Mad’s, Charlie Brewer’s Slider Co., Big Bite Baits, TTI-Blakemore Road Runner, Driftmaster Rod Holders, Fishouflage, Southern Pro Tackle, Moss Back Rack Fish Attractors, World Fishing Network-WFN, Go Light Inc., GAMMA LINE, MO-JO'S Tackle, Stubby Steve's Bait and Ron Gooding Insurance.


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


Mustad "Hook A Million" program

Be sure to register for the Mustad "Hook A Million" program where there's $1,400,000 up for grabs. To get started just go to the Crappie USA website and click on the Mustad Hooks Icon or visit their website at ( and get registered.


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From April 1, 2012 until August 1, 2012 take advantage of the $100 cash back rebate when you purchase the Minn Kota "Talon", the anchor that was stopped the fishing world dead in its tracks. For more information visit their website at: 


For more information on Crappie USA upcoming events, tournament results and sponsors please visit our website at or call Crappie USA Inc. at 270-395-4204.


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