This past Saturday September 17th  the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of Clarks Hill Lake for the $10,000.00 Super Event. In the event top anglers from the area along with anglers from different states were competing not only for the $10,000.00 in cash and prizes, but the opportunity to qualify for the 2011 Cabela’s King Kat Classic. This year’s Cabela’s King Kat Classic will be held on the Mississippi River at  Burlington, Iowa October 27-28-29, 2011.

“It was a tough day on the water as Mother Nature was throwing her best stuff at the field of anglers as they took to the water with $10,000.00 up for grabs”, said Tournament Director Tanner Tabor. “Teams battled tough conditions and the weights reflected that. A cold front moved through Friday morning dropping temps nearly 20 degrees. Winds were projected to be 6-8mph for the day but teams faced a steady 15-20mph wind with gusts near 30 mph. Combine that with water levels that were 7 feet below normal to start the day and dropped nearly 2 more inches by the time anglers returned to Wildwood Park for the weigh-in. Teams struggled to even catch a full limit. Certainly not a typical day on Clarks Hill, which is more than capable of producing blues and flatheads well over 50 pounds. Conditions were tough, but every team had to deal with them. That’s the great thing about a tournament, seeing who puts together a successful plan, and at the end of the day rises to the challenge. It becomes even more interesting when “Big Money” is on the line, like it was this weekend at Clarks Hill! When it was all said and done, teammates Mike Maxwell, George Brooks, along with his son Matthew Brooks stood alone atop the leader board, winning the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament on Clarks Hill Lake this past Saturday, hosted by Columbia County CVB”, said Tabor.

We would like to thank the Columbia County CVB, Columbia County Parks & Recreation,  Patriots park, which provided a great pre registration location, Wildwood park, which provided one of the best weigh in sites we’ve had the pleasure running a tournament in, and also the Holiday Inn, for providing the host hotel. For more information on the area call: 866-391-7677 or visit their website at:

Results for the Top Teams in the Event

Taking first place was Mike Maxwell of Bowman, Georgia and George Brooks of Comer, Georgia along with his son Matthew Brooks with a weight of 17.65 pounds and earning $5,000.00. The team also captured big fish of the event with a 7.7 pound channel cat earning the an extra $500.00. The team was fishing the upper end of the lake in 30 feet of water using chicken liver as their main bait of choice. The team caught 8 fish for the day. Each team is allowed to weigh in their top 5 fish at the end of the day.

In second place was the Jackson, South Carolina team of Martin and Jackson Steed weighing in 10.75 pounds and earning $3,000.00. The team caught 5 fish for the day fishing the lower end of the lake in six feet of water using cut herring as bait.

Third place went to the Greenwood, South Carolina team of Neal Hunter Ferqueron and Leigh Redden with a weight of 6.9 pounds and earning $1000.00 along with a Minn Kota trolling motor valued at $500.00. The team was fishing a portion of the lake close to Parksville.  They fished depths of 52 feet, using horney-head minnows for bait. They ended up catching 4 fish for the day.


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