This past Saturday June 14th & 15th, the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of the Kanawa River at Charleston, West Virginia for the 2-day $10,000.00 Super Event. In the event over 80 top anglers from 9 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: 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 Todd Anderson of Mason, West Virginia and Chad Ord of New Haven, West Virginia with a 2-day total weight of 185.84 pounds and earning $4,300.00. Todd and Chad were anchored down in the Winfield Dam area over 24 to 35 feet of water and used Skipjack to catch over 40 total fish for the weekend. They noted the skipjack had to be chunked up for the best bite.

In second place was the team of Chris Sounders and Justin Horner of Oak Hill, Ohio with a weight of 159.26 and earning $2,000.00. Chris and Justin were anchored down river using shad and skipjack in 30 feet of water to catch a total of 30 fish in two days.

Third place went to Michael Pauley and Shawn Cogar of Hacker Valley, West Virginia with a two day total weight of 123.6 pounds and earning $1,000.00. Michael and Shawn were anchored in the Carbide Island area using assorted cut bait in 30 feet of water to catch 18 fish for the  weekend.

The Bardstown, Kentucky team of Steve and Lisa Douglas took fourth place with a weight of 111.65 pounds and earning $700.00. Steve and Lisa also earning an additional $1,000.00 for big fish of the event at a weight of 38.56 pounds. Steve and Lisa caught their fish while anchored in the Winfield Dam area in over 20 feet of water. The team used filets of skipjack to caught 12 fish for the two days.

Fifth place went to Janet and James Fox of McArthur, Ohio with a weight 109.32 pounds and earning $500.00. The Fox team fished a rocky area around Winfield with chunks of skipjack and caught a total of over 20 fish in the two days.

“We give a Special Thanks to Samantha Carney and her staff with Charleston Tourism, Captain James Jarrell, WV DNR, Matt Jenkins and all the folks at Cabela’s Store Charleston for all the assistance in making this event possible.

“I think this weekend proved the quality of the fishery on the Kanawa River is excellent with some of the top Flathead Cats we have seen this year anywhere. Water conditions were horrible with floating debris both on the surface and throughout the water column and muddy water make fishing conditions as tough as it gets.

“When you have some of the country’s best catfish anglers someone is going to figure out what it takes to still make them bite” Total cash purse paid to top ten and big fish was over $11,000.00 We had 41 teams from 9 states in the event. For more information on the area call: (304)-344-5075 or visit their website at:

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