In April 8 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Sports Editor
Saturday marked the third Lake Cumberland Red Buck fishing tournament event of the season with William Hale and Terry Waddell taking home the top prize, $1,000 in cash, after bringing in 16.85 pounds of bass. The team of Barry Strunk and Adam Frye took home big fish honors for the day with a 6.35 pound largemouth.
The fishing tournaments are sponsored by Red Buck filtered cigars, a Tantus Tobacco brand based in Russell Springs, according to Ross Haynes, the director of sales and outdoor events with the company.
“We're averaging right at 40 boats per tournament,” he said. “We're putting everything back as prize money, we're not making any money off of (the tournament.)”
With fishing tournaments also held on March 6 with Ben Bray and Jerry Hogue winning, and March 20 with Gerry Wethington and Allen Pendleton taking the top spot, three more remain, one on April 17 and May 1 while the big one, the Red Buck Classic, finishes the tournament season on May 15.
All tournaments have been centralized at Pumpkin Creek Boat Ramp within the confines of the Lake Cumberland State Park, Haynes said.
An entry fee of $60 per boat and a one-time membership fee of $20 per person are required to fish in any of the tournaments. The entry forms and fees can be submitted at the ramp or in advance.
For the tournaments, there is a five fish limit with the following fish eligible for weigh-in: 12” Spotted Bass, 15” Largemouth Bass and 18” Smallmouth Bass with all lake fishing regulations applying.
The season finale, the Red Buck Classic, will begin at 6 a.m. on May 15 and finish at 2:30 p.m. with weigh-in slated for around 3 p.m.
First place for that event will be $2,000, second place $700, third place $400, fourth place $200 and fifth place $100.
“Everybody will probably win something through a giveaway or otherwise,” Haynes said.
Teams must fish three out of the five tournaments to be eligible for the Red Buck Classic participation and the overall Red Buck series ending winners will receive $250 for the heaviest bag of fish, $250 for the biggest fish and $500 for the overall points winner.
“One thing that was an advantage for this tournament, we feel like, is that we guaranteed the money so if only 15 boats showed up we still were paying out the full amount,” he said. “We have a set prize amount of money so they know if their buddy shows up or not they're going to win a set amount of prize money.”
For the first five tournaments, first place receives $1,000, second place receives $350, third place receives $200, fourth place receives $100, fifth place receives $50 and the big fish winner gets $75.
Haynes and Brian Cooper, the owner of Tantus, both said the fishing tournaments were organized to keep going what the late Greg Wilson, the former owner of Lake Country Outdoors BP in Russell Springs, had started before his death. The Red Buck cigars are also outdoor-themed as well as they sponsor a big buck contest in the fall and Red Buck Racing, Haynes said.
For more information on the fishing tournaments contact Zach Wilson at 270-866-7575.
To get an entry form for an upcoming fishing event go to redbuck.com.
Advance registration and entry form and fee can be mailed to: Attn: Red Buck Classic Tournament Action, Tantus Tobacco, PO Box 1030, Jamestown, KY 42629. Make all checks payable To Tantus Tobacco.