This past Saturday March 30th, the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of the Kerr Reservoir at South Boston, Virginia. In the event over 65 top anglers from 7 different states were competing not only for cash and prizes, but the opportunity to qualify for the 2013 Cabela’s King Kat Classic. This year’s Cabela’s King Kat Classic will be held September 26-28, 2013 on Kentucky Lake at Camden, Tennessee Be sure to check out our new website at: www.kingkatusa.com. It’s a new site with new and exciting information on our events along with special information for catfish anglers everywhere.

Results for the Top 5 Teams

Taking first place was the team of Van Hughes of Stem, North Carolina and Todd Swain of Walnut Cove, North Carolina with a weight of 88.75 pounds and earning $3,000.00. Van and Todd also earned an additional $860.00 for big fish of the event at a weight of 38.20 pounds. Van and Todd were fishing from the Staunton River State Park and the railroad bridge drifting, using shad and white perch for bait in 28-40 feet of water.

In second place was Jason Lewis of Halafax, Virginia and Matt Evans of South Boston, Virginia weighing in 83.05 pounds and earning $1,200.00. Jason and Matt caught their fish around Goat Island in 60 feet of water using cut shad.

Third place went to Jay Hopkins of Eden, North Carolina and Wes Jordan of Durham, North Carolina weighing in 54.2 pounds and earning $500.00. Jay and Wes were fishing around buoy 24 using crappie and shad to catch five fish for the day.

Johnny Jones of Stoneville, Virginia and Dannie Pruitt of Bassett, Virginia took fourth place with a weight of 47.95 pounds and earning $400.00. Johnny and Dannie were fishing around Goat Island in 40 feet of water using cut bait to catch 3 fish for the day.

Fifth place went to Shane Farrar of Bullock, North Carolina and Tom Compton of Vernon Hill, Virginia weighing in 46.15 pounds and earning $300.00. Shane and Tom were fishing Perfect Point to buoy 23 in 28 feet of water using cut bait to catch 7 fish for the day.

“We want to give a  big thanks to Linda Shepherd Director of South Boston/Halifax Co. Visitor Center and Adam Layman Asst. Park Manager Staunton River State Park for all their help in making  this a very successful event for the anglers and for the Kid’s Rodeo”, said Tournament Director Larry Stephens.

The weather leading to the tournament was cold and windy with falling water temperatures. Saturday morning temperature was 37 and sunny with light winds. Afternoon temperature was 66 degrees with winds 5 to 8 MPH and sunny. Water temperature was 54 degrees and stained water.  Also Thanks to the players of the Halifax High School football for their help with handling the fish.

Image courtesy Crappie USA

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