New Jersey Teams Dominate Catfish Tournament

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Winning team of Roy Trainor and John Benne.
King Kat

This past Saturday August 18th, the Cabela?s King Kat Tournament Trail hit new waters as they traveled to the Delaware River at Chester, Pennsylvania. In the event several top anglers from 7 different states were competing not only for cash and prizes, but the opportunity to qualify for the 2012 Cabela?s King Kat Classic. This year's Classic will be held on the Alabama River at Selma, Alabama September 27-29.

Results for the Top 5 Teams

Taking first place and $2,500 was the Gibbstown, New Jersey team of Roy Trainor and John Benne weighing in 44.85 pounds. Trainor and Benne fished south of the PPL Park and Boat Ramp anchoring up in 25 feet of water and using cut shad to catch over 40 catfish for the day, including a 10.35-pounder that was the tournament's biggest catch. 

In second place was another Gibbstown, New Jersey team, William Damask and William Damask JR weighing in 40.35 pounds and earning $1,200. The Damasks fished 15 miles downriver anchored up to fish in 25-40 feet of water using shrimp and blood worms to catch over 25 fish for the day.

Anthony Fisler and Joshua Trainor, also of Gibbstown, New Jersey, place third with 40.15 pounds, earning $700. The duo also fished 15 miles downstream anchored up in 30 feet of water to fish nearly 70 fish for the day using shad for bait.

Steve Smith of Pedricktown, New Jersey, fishing alone, took fourth place with 33.6 pounds, earning $400.00. Smith started the day fishing 10 miles upriver and drifting a few miles south of the PPL Park concentrating his efforts in 15-30 feet of water. He ended up catching six fish using shad. 

Fifth place and $200 went to Bruce Emerson of Mickleton, New Jersey and Bill Emerson of Gibbstown, New Jersey, with 25.65 pounds. The team traveled 30 miles south to fish an area in 30-40 feet of water and then fishing an area in 20-30 feet deep. The team was using live bait to catch 30 fish for the day.

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