High Winds, Big Catfish on Lake Tawakoni

This past Saturday, March 5th, the Cabela?s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of Lake Tawakoni at the West Tawakoni City Park where anglers were competing not only for cash and prizes, but the opportunity to qualify for the 2011 Cabela?s King Kat Classic. This year's Cabela?s King Kat Classic will be held on the Mississippi River at Burlington, Iowa October 27-28-29, 2011.

Once again the weather provided some major challenges as temperatures dropped 25 degrees from Friday to Saturday and winds changed from the south to the NNW at 17-30mph. Teams reported 4-6 feet high waves on the main lake and the only fishable waters were tucked back in the coves.

Results for the Top 5 Teams

1st Place - Doren and Lauren Smith

Taking first place was the Stigler, Oklahoma team of Doren and Lauren Smith with a weight of 141.65 pounds and earning $2,700.00. Doren and Lauren were fishing the south end of the lake targeting 24-26 feet of water using cut shad. The team caught a total of 7 fish for the day, but that's all they needed to take 1st place in the event. Teams are allowed to weigh in their top 5 fish by weight at the end of the day.

2nd Place and Big Fish - Billy Dahlem, David Copeland

In second place was Billy Dahlem of Gans, Oklahoma and David Copeland of Marble City of Oklahoma with a weight of 129.3 pounds and earning $1,000.00. Billy and David were fishing in 15-20 feet of water on the south end of the lake using large shad and catching a total of 8 fish for the day. Billy and David also caught the big fish of the event with a 52.75 pound cat which earned them an additional $500.00.

Third place went to Chris Taylor of Pocola, Oklahoma and Sam Morris of Temple, Texas with a total weight of 100 pounds and earning $500.00. Chris and Sam were fishing near the dam on the south side of the lake in 25 feet of water using big shad and catching 8 fish for the day.

Rickey Snow of Quinlan, Texas and Sonny Batchelor of Wills Point, Texas took fourth place with a weight of 87.7 pounds and earning $400.00. Rickey and Sonny were fishing the north end of the lake in 2 feet of water using shad to catch 4 fish for the day.

Fifth place went to Ryan Gnagy of Tecumseh, Kansas and Jeremy Munger of St. Joseph, Missouri weighing in 83 pounds and earning $300.00. Ryan and Jeremy were fishing near Duck Cove in 19-23 feet of water using cut shad and catching 10 fish for the day.

For information on the catfish, click here.

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