Page 8 - Outdoor Journal | Winter 2018
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CUSA Classic Victory at Lake Cumberland KY to to Garland & Turpen
Goforth and and and Hyde take Amateur Division
C C C C C rappie rappie anglers anglers from several states traveled to to Somerset KY and and Lake Cumberland to to participate in the Crappie USA USA (CUSA) Classic Local and and traveling anglers fished for cash and and prizes valued at $125 000 Following a a a summer pause Crappie USA resumed tournament crappie fishing to to crown the Classic champs name the the Angler Team of the the Year and make various other awards Prefishing crappie anglers mostly reported a a a tough tough bite on
Lake Cumberland “This is is the toughest bite I have fished in in my 33 years of tournament fishing ” said Steve Coleman eight-times national classic champ The weather was mild in in the the mornings and steamy hot in the afternoons A heavy fog did not lift until about 8:30 each day The high water of recent weeks had left some floating debris giving anglers an an added challenge The water temperatures were above normal and tournament director Darrell Van Vactor advised anglers to use all precautions in in caring for the fish A total of 145 boats fished the Lake Cumberland event 47 in in the the Pro Division
and 98 in in the the Amateur Division
Pro Division
The local team of Ben Garland and and Barry Turpen
fished mid-lake to to take the Classic victory They weighed 15 13 pounds for the two-day event and earned a a a a $50 000 boat package and and the $200 Cumberland Crappie Double Seat Bonus The long-time teammates from Nancy KY fished the old fashion way of cast and retrieve Where most competitors were were fishing deep water they were were targeting
Pro Division
- - 1st Place: Garland-Turpen / 15 13 lbs Pro Division
- - 2rd Place: Creech - - Stevens / 14 57 lbs 

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