Record Catfish Limit Caught In King Kat Tournament
This past weekend, the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of Lake Tawakoni at West Tawakoni, Texas. In the event over 75 top anglers from seven 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
New King Kat records were set at Lake Tawakoni beginning with this being the highest weight brought to the scales since Cabela's King Kat lowered the amount of fish too weigh in to a five-fish limit. In all, three teams brought in a five-fish limit exceeding 200 pounds including the winners of the event with 239.8 pounds. This broke the record set by Dale Kerns and his son at Henderson, Kentucky in 2011 when they weighed in 212 pound with a five-fish limit. Now that's a load of catfish, no matter what body of water you're on. Other records are being confirmed and will be announced in the near future.
Results for the Top 5 Teams
Taking first place and setting a new King Kat record for a one-day five-fish limit was the team of Paul Miles of Lake Dallas, Texas and Dan Miles of Irving, Texas with a total weight of 239.8 pounds, earning themselves $2,500 for the win. Paul and Dan were fishing the south end of the lake anchored up in an area near the dam in 40 feet of water using cut shad. The team added that they had caught so many fish they lost count.
Tony Petree and Steve Nelson earned an additional $850 for catching the biggest catfish in the tournament: 67.84 pounds.King Kat
In second place was the Vian, Oklahoma team of Gary Brooks and Jeff Adams weighing in 236.04 pounds and earning $1,200. Gary and Jeff were fishing in the same area as the winners, anchored down using whole large shad in 40 feet of water to catch 35 fish for the day.
Third place went to Todd Lambert of Forney, Texas and Randy Miller of Coffman, Texas with a total weight of 233.76 pounds and earning $700. Todd and Randy were fishing in what seemed to be a very popular spot near the dam in 50 feet of water to catch 25 fish for the day using cut shad.
Tony M. Petree and Steve Nelson of Dennison, Texas took fourth place with a weight of 188.3 pounds earning $400. Tony and Steve also earned an additional $850 for catching big fish of the event which weighed in at 67.84 pounds. The team were fishing in, you guessed it, an area near the dam in 30-45 feet of water to catch 15-20 fish for the day.
10-year-old Keatyn Eitelman won the Kids Rodeo thanks to this hybrid striped bass.King Kat
Fifth place went to John Allen of Mt. Vernon, Texas and Matthew Allen of Barnsdall, Oklahoma weighing in 166.42 pounds and earning $200. John and Matthew drifted the south end of lake using cut shad in 40 feet of water to catch 40 fish for the day.
These weights were really phenomenal considering the weather in the area with Saturday morning lows in the 20's with 10-20 MPH winds and increasing throughout the day with four-footers on the south end of the lake. Even through all this the King Kat records were broken by the day's end.
"All record previously set by King Kat anglers were broken here today", said Cabela's King Kat CEO Darrell VanVactor. "Tawakoni truly is one of the best catfish lakes in America today and these anglers have certainly proven this today."
Cabela's King Kat Kids Rodeo
The winner in the Cabela's King Kat Kids Rodeo was 10-year-old Keatyn Eitelman with a nice hybrid striped bass.