This past Friday and Saturday September 19th & 20th, 2014 the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of the Mississippi and Rock Rivers for the 2014 Cabela’s King Kat Western Championship.
In the event over 100 top anglers from 11 different states were competing for $25,000.00 in cash and prizes. Be sure to check out our website at: www.kingkatusa.com. It’s a site with new and exciting information on our events along with special information on catfishing for catfish anglers everywhere.
Results for the Top 5 Teams
Taking first place was the Erie, Illinois and Alumacraft Boat Owners team of James McCallister and Todd Misfeldt with a 2-day weight of 71.66 pounds and earning $10,000.00. James and Todd were fishing up the Rock River in 4-6 feet of water, anchored and using a variety of different bait like cut shad, shrimp, and cut bluegill to catch there fish. The team caught 30 fish in the 2 days of fishing. The team weighed in a 13 pound Flathead and was in second place on Day 1 moving up in day 2 to win it all.
In second place was the Ladd, Illinois team of Neil Petzel and Pete Moreland with a 2-day weight of 69.42 pounds and earning $4,000.00 for 2nd place and $940.00 for Big Fish of the event with a 32.14 pound Flathead. Neil and Pete were fishing on Pool 15 of the Mississippi River right across for the Rock Island Arsenal in around 12 feet of water. The team was also anchored using a variety of bait like Shad, Chubs, and Herring. The team only caught a total of 10 fish in 2 days.
Third place went to the team of Jason Burgus of Winfield, Iowa and Troy Hansen of Oxford, Iowa with 65.58 pounds and earning $2,000.00. Jason and Troy were fishing the Davenport Pool on the Mississippi River anchoring on ledges in 6-20 feet of water. The team caught a total of 25 fish for both days using fresh shad. The team had a 9.90 pound channel cat for their big fish on Day 1.
Brian Epsy of Maroa, Illinois and Tyler Sapp of Pekin, Illinois took fourth place with a weight of 63.84 pounds and earning $1,500.00. Brian and Tyler were fishing on Pool 14 on the Mississippi River anchoring in depths from 2 feet to 22 feet. The team was using shad and Golden Eye for bait and caught a total of 20 fish for both days. The team was running a Mercury Motor.
Fifth place in the event went to the Alumacraft team of Aaron Schrader of Sterling, Illinois and Ray Sanders of Rock Falls, Illinois with a 2-day total weight of 62.57 pound and earning $1,000.00. Aaron and Ray were on Pool 14 on the Mississippi River as well using shad as their primary bait. Teams fishing technique was a little different than most this weekend. The team was fishing the bank in around 1 ft of water. The team caught 40 fish in the 2 days of fishing.
6th Place Ryan Tyrell & Kent Unwin $750
7th Place Joe Ludtke & Mark Farrow $600 Mercury Pro-Staff Team
8th Place Nathan McClain & Andy VanOsten $500
9th Place Robert Clapper & Taylor Richards $500
10th Place Matt Jones & Taya Jones $500
11th Place Bob Julson & Perry Kane Driftmaster T-6200 Rod Rack Assembly Alumacraft Team
12th Place Joe Dyer & Dan Dippel MinnKota 230 On Board Charger
13th Place Dave Melchert & Mike Presson 16 quart Grizzly Cooler
14th Place Ken Luttrell & Tom Luttrell $100 Cabela’s Gift Cards
15th Place Bill Newingham & Jim Newingham $100 Cabela’s Gift Cards
The 2014 Angler of the Year (Points Winners) were: Carl Morris of Johnstown, Ohio and Jeremy Martin of Centerville, Ohio received a $1,000.00 Cabela’s Gift Card, 4 Free Tournament Entries into the 2015 season and a Minn Kota Talon Shallow Water Anchor.
Cabela’s King Kat Free Kids Fishing Rodeo
In conjunction with the tournament Cabela’s King Kat held their Kids Rodeo on Saturday morning with several local children attending the event. All the participants signed up for a chance to win one of 6-$1,000.00 scholarships to be drawn for at the Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic this fall.
Cabela’s King Kat, Crappie USA and our anglers have contributed nearly $322,000.00 to the “Outdoor Kids” Scholarships since 1997. We are very proud to be a part of the education process for the youngsters who participate in our tournaments as adult/youth teams and those who fish in the Cabela’s King Kat, “Kids Fishing Rodeos”. All the participants signed up for a chance to win one of 6-$1,000.00 scholarships to be drawn for at the Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic this fall.
Cabela’s King Kat, Crappie USA and our anglers have contributed nearly $322,000.00 to the “Outdoor Kids” Scholarships since 1997. We are very proud to be a part of the education process for the youngsters who participate in our tournaments as adult/youth teams and those who fish in the Cabela’s King Kat, “Kids Fishing Rodeos”.
We want to give a special thanks to Joe Taylor and Lynn Hunt from the Quad Cities CVB for their hard work prior to and at the event and helping make it a success. Also the staff at the La Quinta Inn in Davenport for seminar site and all there help Thursday evening. A special thanks to our National sponsors that attended the event. Brian Caughron with Alumacraft Boats, Dale Black with Gamma Line, & Al Copenhaver with Cat River Anchors. A special thanks to Rock Island Park and Rec. as well as Jeff Eder with the City of Rock Island, Illinois. A special thanks to the media at the event and Bob Groene with the Dispatch Argus as well as Don Banning for the coverage in the paper. For more information on this area call: (800)-747-7800 or visit their website at: www.visitquadcities.com.
Outdoor Promotions Inc.
Image courtesy Cabela’s King Kat Tournament