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2017 Tournament Results

Location:Morgantown, WV - Monongahela River
Date:05/06/17

Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Results for The Monongahela River at Morgantown, West Virginia

This past Saturday, May 6, 2017 the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of The Monongahela River at Morgantown, West Virginia. In the event, over 50 anglers from 5 different states, were competing not only for the $5,500.00 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

Warm temperatures, in the 70's and a stable river, the week leading up to the tournament, took a drastic change on Saturday, with rain, winds at 10 – 15mph and temperatures in the 50's and a rising river at 5 feet. This couldn't stop Willie Smith and Nick Anderson, both of Frankfort, Ohio from taking first place of the tournament, weighing in at 60.16 pounds and earning $3,000.00. The team fished a few miles down river from Morgantown, on the bank in 3 feet of water using shad for bait. They found their fish anchored behind logs to land 18 total fish for the day. The team stated they were not affected by the rising water, since they did not get to pre-fish.

Taking second place were Mark Blauvelt of New Lebanon, Ohio and Shannon Dotson of Winchester, Ohio with a total weight of 59.54 pounds and earning $1,500.00, plus an additional $440.00 for Big Fish. The team fished down river about an hour from Morgantown finding their 12 fish in the mouth of a creek in 5 feet of water. They anchored using shad for bait. Mark stated that their fish were feeding on the food coming out of the creek into the river.

Shannon Colley of Beaver, Ohio and Vince Nadosky of Winchester, Ohio took third place weighing in at 53.10 pounds and earned $500.00. The team fished down river as well, about an hour from Morgantown, finding their fish in 20 feet of water on structure. They used shad guts from Big Kat Bait Company to land 26 fish for the event.

A special thank you to David Plevich with Morgantown CVB for hosting the event. We had a good Kids Rodeo, given the weather conditions with about 30 kids out fishing Saturday morning. Today also set a new record at Morgantown. In the 9 years that we have been having tournaments here, we weighed in the biggest fish yet at 38.84 pounds!

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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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