Photo Courtesy of TVBA Anetha Varney poses with her winning fish after claiming the top spot at the Tug Valley Bass Anglers Tournament at Carr Fork Lake on Sunday June 16, 2019.

KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. - On Sunday June 16th the Tug Valley Bass Anglers held their fourth tournament of the 2019 season on Carr Fork Lake, which is located east of Hazard along Kentucky State Route 15.

This was a special Father's Day for all fishermen as several fathers and sons shared this beautiful day on the water, but it was a female angler that spoiled the show for all the dads as Anetha Varney claimed the top spot.

Varney narrowly claimed the top spot as her fish weighed in at a total of 6.59 pounds, which was barely heavier than second place Brandon Staten's haul of 6.45 pounds.

The turnout for this tournament was slightly down due to several fishermen having their sons and daughters traveling home for the Father's Day holiday. There were 14 anglers in attendance, and all were eager to get on the water after five weeks off from TVBA fishing.

Carr Fork Lake was at normal pool with water temperatures ranging from 72-76 degrees. The water on most of the lake was clear and became slightly stained in upper areas of the lake.

Weather for the tournament began with mild temperatures in the low 70s with overcast skies.

As the day progressed temperatures began to warm to the mid 80s with overcast skies giving way to bright sunny skies on and off.

Fishing for the tournament was very tough according to Tug Valley Bass Anglers representative Kevin Runyon. Most fish have begun to move to their summer haunts in deeper grass beds and structure. A few smaller fish with the occasional keeper were found early in shallow water.

The pattern for this tournament varied between small finesse baits in deeper structure to larger soft plastics in grass beds. Nine anglers were able to boat keepers in these conditions with a total tournament weight of just over 24 lbs.

The TVBA would like to thank their sponsors The Elliott Companies, HUTCH Chevrolet, Kermit Western Auto, VIP Fuels LLC, Tim Short Auto Group of Hazard, Muncie's Auto Recycling & Auto Sales, City Insurance, Sudden Link, Howell's Heating and Cooling, Biscuit World, Perry Distributors, Don's Street Machine, Extreme Sounds and I Design Graphix.

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The top finishers were as follows:

First: Anetha Varney - 6.59 pounds

Second: Brandon Staten - 6.45 pounds

Third: Steve Cullop - 4.67 pounds

Fourth: Kieth Pacific - 3.10 pounds

Fifth: Gary Varney - 2.29 pounds

Sixth: Kevin Marcum - 2.15 pounds

Seventh: Brandon Maynard - 1.87 pounds

Eighth: Kevin Caudill - 1.85 pounds

Ninth: James Marcum - 1.83 pounds

Jarrid McCormick is a sports reporter for the Williamson Daily News. He can be reached by email at