STAFFORDSVILLE – The Tug Valley Bass Anglers fishing club held its first tournament of the 2016 season on Paintsville Lake over the weekend. There was a big turnout with 32 anglers competing in the event on Sunday. In the end, veteran angler Lacy Edmiston finished first.
Paintsville Lake was full pool and in good shape with the water being stained on the entire lake and a temperature in the mid-50s.
Weather for the tournament was the best the club has had in several years. The day started out with a temperature of 35 degrees and topped out at about 55 with mostly sunny skies and moderate winds.
The fishing for the first tournament was solid with every angler bringing fish to the scale. The club weighed in a total of over 120 lbs for this tournament.
The fish were in early prespawn type locations and the catchable fish were closer to the bank relating to steep main lake areas and wood cover.
The main pattern for this tournament was to fish crankbaits and jigs on the areas the fish were coming up to feed on. The active fish were fairly shallow, six foot or less.
The top finishers were as follows: 1st — Lacy Edmiston (5 fish) 11.51 lbs., Big Bass (5.47 lbs); 2nd — Johnny Webb (5 fish) 9.92 lbs.; 3rd — Tommy Hopkins (5 fish), 7.60 lbs.; 4th — Kevin Runyon (5 fish), 7.09 lbs.; 5th — Steve Cullop (5 fish), 6.51 lbs.; 6th — Keith Pacific (5 fish) 6.20 lbs.; 7th — Jamie Hatfield (5 fish) 5.40 lbs.; 8th — Kevin Marcum (5 fish) 5.35 lbs.; 9th — Mike Patrick (5 fish) 5.06 lbs.; 10th — Mitch Salmons (5 fish) 4.76 lbs.
Tug Valley Bass Anglers sponsors are The Elliott Companies, Freedom Outdoors Marine, HUTCH, Kermit Western Auto, Appalachian Wireless, Avizion Glass, VIP Fuels LLC, Perry Distributors, Trey K Electric, Brock McVey, Muncie’s Auto Recycling & Auto Sales, Robinson Repairs, City Insurance, NOVA Construction, Hatfield McCoy Powersports, Don’s Street Machine, Extreme Sounds, Great Outdoors and SKS Security Solutions.
For more information about the Tug Valley Bass Anglers check out the club’s website at www.tugvalleybassanglers.com.