In May 20 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Reporter
Two Albany natives snagged the Lake Cumberland Red Buck Classic fishing tournament and a top prize of $2,000 over the weekend at Pumpkin Creek Boat Ramp.
Gary Farley and Randy Hunter pulled in 15.10 pounds of bass to take the big tournament Saturday afternoon.
The fishing tournament, which had around 40 entrants, was sponsored, as were the earlier tournaments were this spring, 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'll probably fish the rest of the year on the money,” Hunter said. “We just thought it was going to be $1,000 so this is a real nice surprise.”
Hunter, who fishes a lot of night tournaments at Conley Bottom, Beaver Creek and Ramsey Point, said he has fished the waters of Lake Cumberland for more than 20 years after accepting the big money prize.
“We had good weather and a good turnout,” Haynes said of the last Red Buck fishing event of the season. “We gave back all of the prize money that came in so it worked out good.”
Gary Farley said it was great to win the final Red Buck event of 2010.
“We hadn't done any good in the previous five tournaments,” Farley said.
“I guess it took me that long to figure them out.”
Farley, who also said he just expected a $1,000 prize, said he was overjoyed to have that amount double.
“It sure is a better split,” Farley said.
All tournaments have been centralized at Pumpkin Creek Boat Ramp within the confines of the Lake Cumberland State Park, Haynes said.
A second place prize of $700 went to Barry Strunk and Adam Frye with 12.60 pounds, third place and $300 each went to both Shawn Pierce and Andy Greynolds and Danny Conners and Donnie Lewis and fifth place and $100 going to Scotty Cook and George Elliot.
The big fish of the day went to Jr. Collins and Phillip Collins at 4.14 pounds.
The overall series points winners were the team of Gerry Wethington and Allen Pendleton, who also had the heaviest bag of fish. The biggest fish of the tournament went to Adam Frye and Barry Strunk.
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.
To visit Red Buck Filtered Cigars on the Internet, go to redbuck.com for all of their upcoming outdoor events.