This past Friday and Saturday August 2nd & 3rd, 2013 the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of the Marion/Moultrie Lakes near Manning, South Carolina. In the event over 60 top anglers from 11 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

King Kat first place winners, Jerry Walker and Kenneth Lutrell.
King Kat first place winners, Jerry Walker and Kenneth Lutrell.

Taking first place was the team of Jerry Walker of Omaha, Nebraska and Kenneth Luttrell of Laplace, Illinois with a weight of 130 pounds for the 2-days and earning $4,300.00. Jerry and Kenneth were fishing the lower lake around marker 12 and 13 on the south east side on a 36 foot hump and caught all their fish between 8:30 AM and 11:30 AM using Omaha Blood Bait. The team caught a total of 15 fish in the 2 days of the event. Each team is allowed to weigh in their top 5 fish each day of the event.

In second place was the team of Clay Henderson of Charlotte, North Carolina and Jason Knight of Ridgeway, South Carolina with a weight of 108 pounds and earning $2,000.00. Clay and Jason were fishing upper lake Marion in the mouth of Chalktaw Creek in 3-6 feet of water over shell beds using white perch for bait to catch 8 fish in 2 days.

Third place went to the 3 person team of Joey Hawkins/Austin Harris of Prosperity, South Carolina and Jim Glenn of Little Mountain, South Carolina weighing in 97.3 pounds and earning $1,000.00. Joey, Austin and Jim were fishing Chalktaw Creek in 6-30 feet of water using shad and herring to catch a total of 5 fish in the 2 days of the event.

Jason Burgus of Winfield, Iowa and Dennis Warrick of Keosauqua, Iowa took fourth place with a weight of 91.3  pounds and earning $700.00. Jason and Dennis were fishing Lake Marion in 24-28 feet of water drifting most of the time and anchored early using herring and targeting structure to catch 8 fish total.

Fifth place went to the lone angler Tim Ferris of Lake Wylie, South Carolina who weighed in 79.7 pounds and earned $500.00. Tim fished all over Lake Marion on drops using herring and white perch to catch a total of 8 fish for the 2 days of the event.

Big fish of the event went to the Manning, South Carolina team of Mike Faucette and C. Lee Neil with a 32.95 pound catfish..

“Special thanks to Dawn Griffith and her staff at Manning Chamber of Commerce for hosting the event, and David Baynard of Driftmaster Rod Holders for being on hand and adding several prizes to the purse for the weekend”, said CEO Darrell VanVactor. “Fishing was very difficult as shown in the overall weights due to heavy current and high water levels in both lakes. Weather conditions were good both days with temps in the 80’s & 5mph winds but 100% humidity”, added VanVactor. For more information on the area call: (803) 435-4405 or visit their website at:


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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

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 or 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

For media information or photos of top teams contact Larry Crecelius at or phone 812-896-4830.

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.

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