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2017 Tournament Results

Location:Camden, SC - Lake Wateree
Date:04/28/17 - 04/29/17

Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Results for Lake Wateree at Camden, South Carolina

This past Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29, 2017 the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of Lake Wateree at Camden, South Carolina. In the 2-Day Super Event, over 120 anglers from 6 different states, were competing not only for the $11,000.00 in cash and prizes, but the opportunity to qualify for the 2017 Cabela’s King Kat Northern and Southern Championship. This year's Northern Championship will be held September 22 and 23, 2017 at the Cumberland River (Old Hickory Lake), Gallatin, Tennessee. The Southern Championship will be held October 6 and October 7, 2017 at Lake Wateree, Camden, South Carolina. Be sure to check out our website at: www.kingkatusa.com and like our Cabela's King Kat Facebook Page. Both sites contain new and exciting information on our events along with special information for catfish anglers everywhere.

Results for the Top Teams

Sunny skies and temperatures in the 80's both days with winds 5 -10mph on Friday and 10 – 15mph on Saturday was perfect for Gene and Damon Gibson who took first place of the tournament, weighing in at 193.22 pounds and earned $4,000.00. The team from Chester and Richburg, South Carolina fished Cedar Creek targeting fish in 12 – 32 feet of water. They anchored both days using shad and white perch for bait, targeting ledges and rock piles. Gene stated that shad heads were key for catching the larger fish. They had 5 fish on Day 1 and 12 on Day 2. “We sat on spot both days and were very patient”, Gene said. Damon added that the current would slack off at times during the day making for a tough bite.

Taking second place were David and Larry Henderson, both of Rock Hill, South Carolina with a total weight of 179.30 pounds and earning $2,000.00. The team fished Cedar Creek, anchoring in 25 feet of water, targeting rock piles and using shad for bait. David said that as long as you got the bait in front of the fish you were going to get a bite. The fish were not very picky. The team caught 20 total fish for the weekend stating that the boat traffic was a big factor in their fishing and forced them to move fishing spots at times.

John Terry of Gastonia, North Carolina and Jamie Williams of Fort Lawn, South Carolina took third place weighing in at 176.26 pounds and earned $1,000.00. The team also fish Cedar Creek area targeting fish over structure in 35 feet of water using shad and white perch for bait to land 20 total fish for the weekend. They anchored on Day 1, but tried multiple techniques on Day 2.

In fourth place were Jimmy Holbrook of Gibson, Georgia and Christopher Wolfe of Fort Lawn, South Carolina weighing in at 173.54 pounds and earning $700.00. The team fished Cedar Creek finding their fish in 17 – 30 feet of water. They anchored using shad and white perch for bait that was from Jamie K. Outdoors.

Lonnie Fountain of Ranger, Georgia and Donnie Fountain of Jasper, Georgia took fifth place weighing in at 163.12 pounds and earned $500.00. The team fished in Cedar Creek first, fishing further up the creek than most of the teams. They found their fish in 12 feet of water anchoring and using shad and white perch for bait. They caught more fish on Day 1 than on Day 2.

6th place – George and Karen Lindsay 157.18 pounds; $400.00.
7th place – Tyler Lee 148.16 pounds; $350.00.
8th place – Richard Warskow and Christopher Lunsford 145.70 pounds; $300.00.
9th place – Clay and Jason Henderson 145.20 pounds; $200.00.

Big Fish of the Event went to Evan Martin and Larry Godwin weighing in at 42.54 pounds and earning $1,180.00, plus 30 gallon X-treme Bait Tank.

A special thank you to Suzi Sale and staff with the City of Camden for hosting the event and making these tournaments possible. The City of Camden has definitely made us feel like we were at home and the anglers love coming to fish Lake Wateree. We are looking forward to returning for the Eastern Championship, October 6 and 7, 2017. Also a thank you to Matt and Melissa Miles with Katfish for being present all weekend and taking care of the anglers apparel needs.

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For more information please call Cabela’s King Kat Trail at 502-384-5924. Be sure to check out our website at: www.kingkatusa.com and like our Cabela's King Kat Facebook Page. Both sites contain new and exciting information on our events along with special information for catfish anglers everywhere.

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