Kentucky Lake/Lake Barkley Results: Jun 23, 2012
The Kentucky West Division arrived this weekend in Kuttawa, Kentucky for the fourth event of the season. Point standings were tight, and this tournament would prove to shake things up a bit. Leading up to the weekend, a few anglers reported having strong practices, but fish were scattered and moving quite a bit due to the low water conditions and the lack of current in Barkley and Kentucky Lake. Lots of fish were being caught, but the heavy sacks that these lakes are known for were hard to come by.
The weekend got started on a great note at the Kuttawa First Baptist Church. Our hosts served a wonderful supper of grilled hamburgers and hotdogs with a great variety of home-grown vegetable dishes and more desserts than we could possibly choose from. Following the delicious meal, the Children’s and Music Pastor Bill Allen sang a couple of inspirational songs, preparing us for the message by Pastor Carl Nelson. Pastor Carl spoke to the 62 attendees on standing for right and opposing the wrong in our country. Following the message two anglers recommitted their lives to Christ.
Saturday morning dawned clear and warm as the early summer bluebird sky promised 90 plus degree heat on Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. Twenty-eight teams sped away from Mineral Mounds State Park in search of a limit of five largemouth and smallmouth bass. All but one team were able to bring fish to the scales, with the team of Larry Salyers and Shawn Salyers besting the field with 16.13 pounds. The Salyers’ reported catching around 50 bass off of two separate humps off of the main river channel. They landed their winning stringer using jigs and 10 ½ inch worms rigged on a ¾ ounce shaky-head. For their efforts, which included first place bonus bucks, they received $1208.00.
Bringing the second place bag to the scales was the team of Andy Spencer and Scott Wasson. Spencer and Wasson stayed on Barkley and fished ledges to land 15.81 pounds of bass. They caught fish on a variety of lures, including Strike King 6XD crank baits, Carolina-rigged creature baits, Buckey Lures Mop jigs, and the second big fish of the tournament, a 4.92 pounder, on a swim jig. Along with their second place bonus bucks they earned $810.00 for the day.
The adult-junior team of Sam and Cody Loveless finished third with 14.28 pounds. They caught all of their fish on ¾ ounce possum colored football jigs. The Loveless’ earned $402.00 for their efforts.
Coming in fourth with just four bass, weighing 14.06 pounds, was the team of Ralph Feldman and Mike Williams. Feldman and Williams used D&L jigs to land their fish, which included the lunker of the tournament, a 6.21 giant. They also wound up third in the bonus bucks and earned a total of $551.00. Rounding out the top five was the team of Steve Denton and Lloyd Easterly with 13.86 pounds of bass that they caught using Hook Some Bass jigs.
Come on out to Barren River Lake to join us on July 14th! Contact Director Joel Franks at 270-579-4085.
Fishers of Men would like to thank all of our fine sponsors; Skeeter Boats, Yamaha, Stren, Pflueger, Strike King Lure Company, Nester Hosiery, Markel American Insurance, Marshall’s Marine, Power-Pole, Duckett Fishing, Buckeye Lures, Keelshield, Solar Bat, Jacobs Glass, Helly Hansen Workwear, and Rejuvenade.
The Kentucky West Division would like to thank our local sponsors Miles Chiropractic, A.F. Crow and Sons Funeral Home, Barren County Business Supply, Barren Outdoors, Siddens Enterprises, Pittsburgh Marine, 31e Lake Outfitters, Blue Water LED Lighting, The Narrow Way Bed and Breakfast, Awards Inc., and Borders Monuments.