This past Saturday May 5th the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of the Ohio River at Gallipolis, Ohio. In the event over 70 of the top anglers from 7 different states were competing not only for 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.

“We would like to thank Gallia County CVB for sponsoring the event and special thanks to Bob Evans Farm Pond for hosting the kids fishing rodeo. Participation in the kids event was down due to rain, but multiple participants traveled over 2 hrs to fish the kids event”, said Tanner Tabor Tournament Director. Seven states were represented facing tough conditions as the river was stained due to flash flooding the last 2 days with 6 inches of rain hitting the area since Wednesday, making fish scattered and tough to pattern. We would also like to thank Kyle and Cory Maynard from Maynard Outdoors representing Ego Nets and 3 new sponsors added to the trail this week; Gamma Line, Mojo Sinkers, and Stubby Steve’s, Said Tabor. For more information on the area call: (800)765-6482 or visit their website at:

Results for the Top 5 Teams

Taking first place was the 3 person team of Richard and Brenden Wright of Irvine, Kentucky and their partner Wayne Adams of Berea, Kentucky with an overwhelming total weight of 91.65. Richard, Brenden and Wayne were fishing 8 miles upriver anchored in 20 feet of water using live and cut shad plus goldfish. They caught 6 fish for the day along with big fish of the tournament weighing 39.75 pound which  was caught on goldfish. The team never caught another fish after 8:00 AM. The team earned $2,600.00 for first place and $660.00 for big fish of the event.

In second place was the team of Vic Shepherd of Mount Orab, Ohio and Chris Debow of Maderia, Ohio weighing in 52.25 pounds and earning $1,300.00. Vic and Chris were fishing 2-4 miles downstream in 15 feet of water using skipjack to catch 9 fish for the day.

Third place went to Clyde Caldwell of Williamstown, Kentucky and R. J. Giles of Paris, Kentucky with a weight of 42.75 pounds and earning $700.00. Clyde and R. J. were fishing 25 miles upriver in 30 feet of water using skipjack on Whisker Whip Rods. They credited the sensitive tip of the rods for helping them catch 3 fish when the bite had turned very soft. The team caught 5 fish for the day.

The Frankfort, Ohio team of Willie Smith and Drew Benner took fourth place with a weight of 42.7 pounds earning $500.00. Willie and Drew were fishing north near the power plant in 10-30 feet of water using shad to catch 9 fish for the day.

Fifth place went to the Reynoldsburg, Ohio team of Steve Searl and Anthony Schneider weighing in 42.65 pound of catfish and earning $300.00. Steve and Anthony were near the power plant in 15 feet of water using shad and skipjack to catch 4 fish for the day.

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