USA Team Chosen For World Catfish Classic

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Captain Phil King, Tim Haynie and David Shipman will be fishing the Berkley World Catfish Classic to take place May 31st to June 3rd at Chiprana, Spain. Berkley plans on sending eight other teams from around the globe to compete in the Catfish Classic.


Fishing on the Ebro River in Spain, Team USA will be fishing against some of the best big cat fishermen in the world.

"I am excited to fish for some monster Wels catfish against a bunch of great teams," said King. "We plan on using special Berkley Catfish Pellet rods and Berkley Catfish braided line. both of which are available only in Europe for the time being. This is the 1st Catfish Classic and we are happy to represent the United States of America."

Captain Phil King is no stranger to success when it comes to landing monster cats. Below is a list of the Corinth, Miss., native's catfishing accomplishments:

  • 2003 Cabela's King Kat Classic Tournament
  • 2006 Cabela's points race champion team member
  • 2007 Winner Bass Pro Shop Big Cat Quest National Event Memphis, Tenn.
  • 2009 Winner Big Cat Quest National Even Memphis, Tenn.
  • World Championship of Catfishing in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2007

Tim Haynie has also had tremendous success with monster cat's including:


  • 2006 Cabela's points race champion team member
  • 2007 Bass Pro Shop National Champion
  • 2007 National Catfish Derby World Champion
  • 2009 Bass Pro Shop National Champion

"We are excited to have these great anglers represent Berkley and the United States in this World class tournament," said Andrew Marks, Berkley Marketing Director. "The opportunity to showcase this great species and share US and European fishing techniques will help us design better equipment in the future."

For more information on the World Catfish Classic visit www.worldcatfishclassic.com.

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