This past Saturday October 1st the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of Wheeler Lake at Ingalls Harbor in Decatur, Alabama. In the event 76 of the top anglers from 12 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.
This was the final event leading up to the classic with all of the anglers working hard to get a piece of the $10,000 payback and make the final list that will be attending the classic.
Results for the Top 5 Teams
Continuing with their winning streak Daryl and Jason Masingale from Paragould, Arkansas took another first place victory weighing in 148.2 pounds and earning $4,500.00. Daryl and Jason were fishing 2 miles above the dam using skipjack in 35-50 feet of water to catch a total of 10 fish for the day including 2 that were over 34 inches. With the Alabama Trophy Fish law in play teams could only bring 2 fish over 34 inches to the scale. Daryl and Jason said they had to cull 6 over 34 inches, noting that three of those were 49, 54, and 62 pounds. He also praised the law as it will protect these trophy fish and help keep Wheeler Lake one of the premier trophy catfish lake in the country for many years to come. Their finish today gave them 395 points (2nd place average finish) crowning them the 2011 Rippin Lips “Anglers Of The Year” Points Champions.
In second place was the team of Ronnie Strickland of Millington, Tennessee and Chris Stout of Beech Bluff, Tennessee with a total weight of 127.2 pounds and earning $2,500.00. The team also received an additional $500.00 for big fish of the event weighing in at 65.7 pounds. The team was fishing ledges in 43 feet of water about 2 miles above the dam using skipjack. The team caught a total of only 5 fish for the day. Each team is allowed to weigh in their top 5 fish for the day of the event.
Third place went to the 2009 Cabela’s King Kat Classic Champions Bruce Paulk of Michie, Tennessee and Brian Vohol of Hermitage, Tennessee weighing in 87.85 pounds and earning $1,250.00. Bruce and Brian were fishing near Huntsville using skipjack in 6-18 feet of water. The team caught a total of 12 fish for the day of which 4 were over the 34 inch rule.
Eddie Brewer of Indianapolis, Indiana and Charles Kyle of West Lafayette, Indiana took fourth place with a weight of 78.85 pounds earning $750.00. Eddie and Charles were also fishing near Huntsville using skipjack in 15 feet of water and catching 7 fish for the day.
Fifth place went to David Shipman and Jackie Cooksey of Corinth, Mississippi with a weight of 57.15 and earning $500.00. David and Jackie were fishing 15-20 miles upriver using skipjack in 24 feet of water to catch 6 fish for the day.