This past Friday and Saturday October 3rd & 4th, 2014 the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of Lake Wateree at Camden, South Carolina. In the event over 100 of the top anglers from 12 different states had qualified and competed for nearly $27,000.00 in cash and prizes in the 2014 Cabela’s King Kat Eastern Championship. 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 team of Kelly Godbolt of Conway, South Carolina and Ron Howard of Eutawville, South Carolina weighing in a 2-day total of 204.58 pounds and earning $10,000.00 along with an additional $400.00 for the Driftmaster Bonus. Kelly and Ron were fishing in the mouth of Roshell Creek on Lake Wateree, drifting in around 17ft of water. The team was using cut white perch which helped land around 30 total for both days. The team had a big fish weighing 31.64 pounds. The team also won a T-500 Big Fish Trolling Bar valued at $250.00.
In second place was the lone angler Dean Birch of Chester, South Carolina weighing in 198.62 pounds and earning $4,000.00, which is a good payday for a lone angler in anybody’s book. Dean was fishing the mid lake area in around 22-24 feet of water. Dean was trolling and using cut white perch which seemed to be the bait of choice for most anglers. Dean caught around 60 fish for the 2 days with the biggest fish weighing 29.40 pounds.
Third place went to the Rock Hill, South Carolina team of Dale and Nancy Sturgis with 170.30 pounds and earning $2,000.00. Dale and Nancy were fishing close to Clearwater Cove Marina and was leading after Day 1 with 104.60 pounds. Dale and Nancy were fishing in 18 feet of water drifting over points. The team used cut shad to land a total of 20 fish for both days. The teams biggest fish was 26.98 pounds.
Van Hughes of Stem, North Carolina and Victoria Hughes of Oxford, North Carolina took fourth place towards the dam in around 30 feet of water. They were targeting humps and drifting across channels also using cut white perch. The team landed a total of 24 fish for both days. Team was in 6th Place on Day 1.
Fifth place went to Jon Dowd of Carthage, North Carolina and Jeffrey Frye of West End, North Carolina weighing in 144.98 pounds and earning $1,000.00 for fifth place and an additional $1,145.00 for Big Fish of the event. Jon and Jeffrey were fishing mid lake around windblown cove in depths ranging from 15-30 feet. The team was using cut white perch and fishing ledges. The team had a total of 20 fish for both days and had Big Kat of the event weighing 44.48 pounds caught on day 2.
6th Place Cary Vanden Broecke & Allen Manning $750
7th Place Dieter Melhorn & Rodger Taylor $500
8th Place Jason Knight & Richard Wimmer $500
9th Place Clay Henderson & Jason Henderson $500
10th Place Tom Weaver & Charles Davis $500
11th Place Kevin Couick & Jill Couick Driftmaster T-6200 Rod Rack Assembly
12th Place John Terry & Ric Helms MinnKota 230 On Board Charger
13th Place Mark Lawson & Ralph Willey
14th Place Ronnie Hughes & Johnny Jones Driftmaster Overhead Rod Storage Rack
15th Place Gary Williams Sr. & Sam Williams
The Winner of the Alumacraft Boat Drawing was Paul Miles from Lake Dallas, TX. Paul and his brother Dan Miles won the Lake Tawakoni Tournament in 2013 and set the Cabela’s King Kat record for highest 5 fish weight with 239lbs. Paul won a 2072 Alumacraft Boat with a 75 four stroke Mercury Motor, Minn Kota Trolling Motor, Humminbird Electronics T-6200 Driftmaster Rod Rack, Talon Shallow Water Anchor, and a Cat River Anchor.
Day 1 was in the Mid 80’s with rain the last half of the day and winds 10-15mph. Day 2 was Mid 70’s sunny and winds 15-20.
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”.
A Special Thanks to Mayor of Camden Tony Scully, Wade Luther and Suzi Sale with the City of Camden, and Liz Horton with the Chamber of Commerce for all there help and making this event a huge success. A special thanks to our National Sponsors that attended the event. Dale Black with Gamma Line, David Baynard with Driftmaster Rod Holders. A special thanks to Dennis and Deb Outlaw for all there help through event and all they do. A special thanks to John Felsher (outdoor writer) for covering the event.
Outdoor Promotions Inc.
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