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2017 Tournament Results

Location:W. Tawakoni, TX - Lake Tawakoni
Date:03/04/17

Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Results for Lake Tawakoni at West Tawakoni, Texas

This past Saturday, March 4, 2017 the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of Lake Tawakoni at West Tawakoni, Texas. In the event, over 80 top anglers from 6 different states, were competing not only for the $7,750.00 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

Weather conditions were in the mid to upper 60's with low winds at 5mph and blue skies all week leading up to the event. Many teams did not catch any fish pre-fishing for the tournament. Saturday took a drastic change with winds at 15 – 20mph, cloudy skies and light rain throughout the day. This change made it seemingly easier for the top teams at the event. John Allen of Detroit, Texas and Matthew Allen of Barnsdall, Oklahoma took first place of the tournament, weighing in at 168.46 pounds and earning $3,200.00. The team fished south of the 276 bridge targeting fish in standing timber in 38 – 40 feet of water using cut and live perch for bait. The team stated that the larger cut perch worked better for the big fish. Team Allen drifted all day and said that the wind definitely helped the bite. In 2 days of pre-fishing, the team only had 1 fish, however they were able to land 10 fish on tournament day.

Taking second place were Kevin Parks of LeRoy, Kansas and Ryan Gnagy of Tecumseh, Kansas with a total weight of 147.56 pounds and earning $1,500.00. The team also fished south of the 276 bridge in 24 – 25 feet of water targeting ledges using cut shad for bait, stating that the larger shad worked better for the bigger fish. The team drifted and had the same feeling on the wind, saying that it had a positive effect on the bite to catch 7 total fish for the day. Kevin had previously won the 2016 Lake Tawakoni event.

Robert Stanley of Olathe, Kansas and Dustin Sawyer of Paola, Kansas took third place weighing in at 138.14 pounds and earned $800.00. The team fished south of the 276 bridge in the Rabbit Cove area in 28 -30 feet of water, drifting and using large cut shad for bait. The team stated that the rain and cloudy skies were a huge help in landing their fish.

In fourth place were the Rippin Lips team of Justin Cook of New Franklin, Missouri and Gary Ryan of Columbia, Missouri weighing in at 88.34 pounds and earning $500.00, plus an additional $820.00 for Big Kat of the event. The team fished north of the 276 bridge in 20 – 25 feet of water in a creek channel, anchoring, using large shad for bait. The teams Big Fish of the tournament weighed in at 56.46 pounds.

Roger Gerloff of Jefferson City, Missouri and Marty Gerloff of Gasconade, Missouri took fifth place weighing in at 88.06 pounds and earning $400.00. The team fished south of the 276 bridge in 40 feet of water, anchoring and using large shad for bait to land 10 fish for the day. The team stated that their fish came off structure and were holding tight to the bottom.

Raul Romero of Kansas City, Kansas and Donny Daniels of Osawatomie, Kansas finished in sixth place with a total weight of 80 pounds and earned $300.00.

A special thank you to the West Tawakoni EDC Board and staff, as well as, the City of West Tawakoni, TX for their continued support. Thank you to Lake Tawakoni Regional Chamber of Commerce for allowing us to use their building for registrations. A big thank you to Cabela's store and staff in Allen, TX for participating and helping make the event a success. “As always, Lake Tawakoni proves it has what it takes to be one of the best blue cat fisheries in not only Texas, but in the entire nation. It was tough, as Lake Tawakoni is known to get at times, but we still weighed a great deal of big catfish. We are looking forward to returning to our second home on Lake Tawakoni in 2018!”

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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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