This past Friday and Saturday April 26th & 27th, the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of the Alabama River at Selma, Alabama for a 2-day Super Event. In the event some of the top teams in the country from 8 different states were competing not only for the $10,000.00 in 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 Daniel Lux of Bedford, Indiana and Lionel Davis of Montgomery, Alabama with a 2-day total weight of 171.1 pounds and earning $4,300.00. Lux also won the Driftmaster bonus receiving a free entry in a future Cabela’s King Kat Event. Daniel and Lionel were targeting treetops from the Benton ramp up river in 15-30 feet of water looking treetops in the heavy current areas. The team was using skipjack to catch a total of 11 keeper fish in 2 days.

In second place was the Jasper, Georgia team of Donnie Fountain and Anthony Chastain with a 2 day weight of 162.88 pounds and earning $2,000.00. Donnie and Anthony were fishing 2 miles downriver from the Selma boat ramp, drifting in 30 feet of water in heavy current using skipjack to catch 11 fish in the 2 days of the event.

Third place went to Carl Morris Jr of Johnstown, Ohio and Sean Martin of Blacklick, Ohio with 116.38 pounds and earning $1,500.00. Carl and Sean fished the Rowland Cooper State Park area in 30-40 feet of water using skipjack. The team also had big fish of the event with a 49.14 pounds earning them an additional $400.00.

David Shipman and Brooke Wilkins of Corinth, Mississippi  took fourth place with a weight of 90.18 pounds earning $1,000.00. David and Brooke were fishing the Millers Ferry area of the river anchored down in 40 feet of water using skipjack only catching 7 fish in the 2 days of the event.

Fifth place went to Joey and Jerry Pounders of Columbus, Mississippi weighing in a total of 9 fish at 89.32 pounds in the 2 days and earning $700.00. Joey and Jerry were fishing Elk Landing area anchored down in 30 feet of water using live shad and skipjack on their B’n’M Poles. The team caught their blue cats on skipjack and their yellow cats on live shad, catching a total of 9 fish in 2 days.

Special thanks goes to Sheryl Smedley with Selma/Dallas Co. Chamber, Coach Reese and park staff, Chief Stokes and members of Selma Fire/Rescue for all working to make the event possible. “A lot of big cats were caught and thankfully all were successfully returned to the water to fight another day”, said Cabela’s King Kat CEO Darrell VanVactor. Weather was beautiful on Friday and showers early morning on Saturday warming to high 70’s after noon. Water had recently been very high flooding the ramps and  had receded in time for the tournament but fish were still feeling the effects.

Image courtesy Crappie USA

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