“Grogan And Hayes Top The Field By 100 Plus Pounds”

This past Saturday July 27th, the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of the Ohio River at Metropolis, Illinois where the team of Grogan and Hayes blew the competition away with a weight over 100 pounds above the second place team. In the event over 60 of the 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: 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 Glynn Grogan of Arlington, Kentucky and Walter Hayes of Cunningham, Kentucky nearly set a couple of new Cabela’s King Kat Records with a weight of 237 pounds and earning $3000.00 in the process. Grogan and Hayes also took Big  Fish of the event with an amazing 75.55 pound catfish which netted the team an additional $600.00. Glynn and Walter were fishing downstream from Metropolis drifting over 35 to 45 feet of water using whiting heads and skipjack to catch 12 fish for the day including the 75.55 pounder gave them big fish of the event. Whiting heads is another name for mooneye, which is an excellent bait fish to use when fishing for big catfish.

In second place was the Paragould, Arkansas team of Daryl and Jason Masingale with 131.05 pounds and earning $1,100.00. The Masingale team was fishing 4 miles upriver, drifting with skipjack to catch 8 fish for the day.

Third place went to the team of Joe Ludtke of Springfield, Illinois and Jerry Cline of New Berlin, Illinois weighing in 130.1 pounds and earning $500.00. Joe and Jerry was fishing 5 to 15 miles upriver in 20 to 40 feet of water drifting with skipjack whiting (mooneye) to catch 8 fish for the day.

Wayne and Jenifer King of Mt Vernon, Indiana took fourth place with a weight of 125.2 pounds and earning $300.00. Wayne and Jenifer were drifting some 5 miles upriver in 5 to 30 feet of water using whiting heads to catch 7 fish for the day.

Fifth place went to Clay Cannon of West Paducah, Kentucky and Joe Ben Hogencamp of Bardwell, Kentucky weighing in 117.75 pounds and earning $200.00. Clay and Joe Ben were fishing 20 miles up river in 30 feet of water using skipjack to drift with the current to catch 8 fish for the day.

“A very special thanks goes to Lindsay and the staff of Metropolis Tourism for hosting the event”, said CEO Darrell VanVactor. “Everyone thought the recent high water, muddy conditions and rapidly falling river levels would hamper fishing. Once again the quality of the Cabela’s King Kat anglers  showed that great fish could be caught in adverse conditions with the winning weight being only 2 pounds off the record 5 fish weight in the history of Cabela’s King Kat events. Big fish of the event was a 75.55 cat and the largest fish weighed in so far in the 2013 year”, said VanVactor. The Ohio River has shown through the Cabela’s King Kat events to be a national hot spot when it comes to quality catfish. Metropolis would be an excellent destination for a fishing vacation this summer. For more information on this area call: 877-424-5025 or visit their website at: http://www.metropolistourism.com.


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The following companies provide product to Cabela’s King Kat Tournaments: USCA-United States Catfish Association, GoLight, WFN-World Fishing Network.

B ‘n’M is the 2013 “Official Rod Sponsor” of the Trail!

B’n’M has been helping crappie fishermen catch more fish for years, now they are helping the catfisherman! The all new Silver Cat Series is made of 100% fiberglass, and offers many features only found in catfish rods at a much higher price point. The nylon cord grip will offer great, no-slip handling even with wet, slimy hands, and is durable enough for use in a rod holder. The super-slick ceramic guide inserts are framed by equally high-quality aluminum oxide alloy and will provide smooth line flow for heavy lines. The graphite reel seat will accommodate any size reel, and will keep it tight to the rod for maximum sensitivity. Finally, the glow-in-the dark tip will help you see the lightest of bites during night-time fishing. The Silver Cat is a medium action rod, with a sensitive tip to maximize your catfishing efforts. As with all B’n’M products, they believe sensitivity is the key to catching more fish, regardless of the species.

Driftmaster bonus program

Cabela’s King Kat is excited to announce that Driftmaster is the “Official Rod Holder” of the 2013 Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail! Driftmaster is going to be giving away over $3,600.00 in entry fees to qualifying teams of the Driftmaster Bonus program, plus over $4,300 in Driftmaster products during the 2013 season! To view their products visit their website at www.driftmaster.com.

King Kat Anglers Save 20% From KeepAlive

Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail is proud to announce that the fine folks at Keep Alive have put together a great opportunity for King Kat Association Members to save 20% on your entire purchase! Keep Alive is the industry leader in keeping fish alive! From aerators, livewells and live bait tanks, bait pumps, and fishing oxygenation systems, keep alive will help keep your fish alive and healthy! To get this discount just give your KKA# when you place your order. To see the full line of products from Keep Alive visit www.keepalive.net or www.oxygeninfuser.com or call 727.841.0407

For entry forms or information on Cabela’s King Kat Trail phone 270-395-6774, fax 270-395-4381 or visit our website at www.kingkatusa.com. For media information contact Larry Crecelius at lcrecelius@crappieusa.com or phone 812-525-2707. 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

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