PRESTONSBURG – The Tug Valley Bass Anglers fishing club held its third tournament of the 2016 season on Dewey Lake on Sunday. Gary Varney, a veteran angler, won the tournament.
Fishtrap Lake was originally scheduled to host the tournament but because the Pike County reservoir was still down 15 feet the event was moved to Dewey Lake. Another familiar host for the local fishing club, Dewey Lake was full pool when the boats were launched on Sunday morning and the water was clear to stained on the lower half of the lake with muddy conditions on the upper part and a temperature in the upper 60s. Torrential rains the night before raised the lake about three feet by the end of the day. By midday, the back of the lake had blown out and the heavy mud and debris line was halfway down the lake.
The weather for the tournament was solid as the rain had stopped before the event began. Warm 70 degree air temperatures and partly cloudy skies were present throughout the tournament.
Lake conditions for the tournament made fishing difficult throughout the event. Most of the fish were spawning or had already spawned. The bass were on the shallower banks around their spawning areas and were relating to any available cover.
The main pattern for this tournament was to finesse fish.
The top finishers are as follows: 1st – Gary Varney (1 fish), 4.34 lbs.; 2nd – Cody Justice (2 fish) 4.11 lbs.; 3rd – Brandon Staten (2 fish) 3.79 lbs.; 4th – Joe Collins (2 fish), 3.59 lbs.; 5th – Steve Cullup (2 fish), 3.11 lbs.; 6th – Lacy Edmiston (1 fish) 2.30 lbs.; 7th – Mike Cullop (1 fish), 2.10 lbs.; 8th -Brad May (1 fish), 1.87 lbs.
Sponsors for the Tug Valley Bass Anglers fishing club 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.