This past Saturday April 13th, the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of the Ohio River at Henderson, Kentucky. In the event nearly 60 top anglers from 10 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: 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 Mt. Vernon, Indiana team of Wayne and Jennifer King with a weight of 108.42 pounds and earning the team $3,000.00. Wayne and Jennifer were fishing 20 miles downriver from Henderson anchoring down in 30-50 feet of water using shad and skipjack. The team had traveled over 400 miles days before the event to catch fresh skipjack. The team caught only 4 fish for the day.

In second place was the well known team of John Jamison of Spring Hill, Kansas and Mark Thompson of Williamsburg, Kansas weighing in 99.78 pounds and earning $1,200.00. John and Mark were drifting and bumping the bottom in 30-35 feet of water just below the JT Meyers Dam using skipjack. John and Mark thought the bite was a little off from practice days prior to the event. The team caught a total of 10 fish for the day.

Third place went to the popular Paragould, Arkansas team of Daryl and Jason Masingale with a total weight of 92.22 pounds and earning $500.00. Daryl and Jason were fishing 20 miles downriver from Henderson drifting skipjack in 20 feet of water. Their fish had been in 40-50 feet of water on practice days, but had moved shallower today where they caught only 5 fish for the day.

Scott and Brady Webb of Norris City, Illinois took fourth place with a weight of 61.46 pounds earning $300.00. Scott and Brady were fishing below Shawnee Town bumping skipjack on the bottom using controlled drift in 20-25 feet of water. The team had 3 of their 4 fish by 8:00AM when the bite just quit, but they managed to catch 1 more to make it 4 fish for the day.

Fifth place went to the team of Justin Hedges of Waddy, Kentucky and Adam Bentley of Mt. Eden, Kentucky weighed in only one fish, but this one fish was big fish of the event weighing in at 61.04 pounds and earning $600.00. Justin and Adam caught big fish of the event 30 miles north of Henderson using skipjack  drifting over 18 feet of water.

We wish to thank Marcia Eblin and the staff at Henderson CVB for hosting the event. For more information on the area call: 1-800-648-3128 or visit their website at:

“High winds made it tough on the teams today, but several good fish still made their debut at the scales”, said CEO Darrell Van Vactor. “Only 15 teams were able to weigh in fish today due to conditions”, added Van Vactor.

Image courtesy Crappie USA

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