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2017 Tournament Results

Location:Mt. Vernon, IN - Ohio & Wabash River
Date:05/20/17

Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Results for The Ohio and Wabash Rivers at Mt. Vernon, Indiana

This past Saturday, May 20, 2017 the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of The Ohio and Wabash Rivers at Mt. Vernon, Indiana. In the event, over 65 anglers from 12 states, were competing not only for the $6,000.00 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

Temperatures were in the low to mid 80's with early morning rain and scattered thunderstorms throughout the day. The river had dropped 5 feet in 24 hours before and during the event making fishing very tough. Those conditions couldn't stop Scott Cress of Covington, Kentucky and Carl Crone of Villa Hills, Kentucky from taking first place of the tournament, weighing in at 91.16 pounds and earning $3,000.00, plus an additional $300.00 DriftMaster Bonus. The team fished right on the Mt. Vernon, Indiana riverfront, drifting in 40 – 60 feet of water using skipjack for bait, saying that the heads worked best during practice, but did not during the tournament to land 20 fish on Saturday. They stated that fish were tough to pattern due to the falling water. The team also won the Mt. Vernon event in 2016!

Taking second place were Aaron Wheatley of Owensboro, Kentucky and Rusty Morris of Lawrenceville, Illinois with a total weight of 84.02 pounds and earned $1,200.00, plus an additional $620.00 for Big Fish of the event. The team fished in the Diamond Island/West Franklin area about 10 miles north of the weigh-in site. They targeted a river ledge with fish holding in 35 – 40 feet of water using skipjack for bait while drifting to land 10 total fish. Aaron stated the current dropped since the beginning of the week, which played into their hand since they were drift fishermen, not bumping fishermen. The team also had Big Kat of the event weighing in at 31.26 pounds.

Carl Morris, Jr. of Johnstown, Ohio and Rob Parsons of Mt. Vernon, Ohio took third place weighing in at 78.04 pounds and earned $400.00. The team fished below the J.T. Myers Lock and Dam targeting ledges with fish holding in 30 – 35 feet of water. They stated that the fish during practice were not there during the tournament, and that the fish were moving around quite a bit. The team used the bumping method to catch 5 fish for the day. They also has 2nd place Big Kat of the day, weighing in at 27 pounds.

In fourth place were Stephen Fancher and Mike Greenwell, both of Evansville, Indiana weighing in at 74.6 pounds and earning $300.00. The team anchored up just a few miles up river from Mt. Vernon targeting ledges in 35 – 40 feet of water using skipjack and shad for bait to land 10 fish for the event. When asked which worked better for them the team stated they didn't know because they ran out of skipjack and had to start using the shad!

Chris Souders of Oak Hill, Ohio and Nick Conaway of Lucasville, Ohio took fifth place with a total weight of 72.38 pounds and earned $200.00. The team fished up river from Mt. Vernon, bumping skipjack along ledges in 30 feet of water to land 17 total fish for the day. They said that the fish they had found pre-fishing had moved over night due to the current dropping.

A special thank you to the City of Mt. Vernon for hosting the event and making everything possible. Thank you to the Police and Fire Station for allowing us to use their facilities. Thank you to Hawg-N-Sauce for catering the registration and captains meeting. A special thank you to Junkerz Power Equipment for providing UTV's at the weigh-in. “We are so grateful to have Mt. Vernon, Indiana on our schedule. Not only is it a great place to fish, but it is also a wonderdul place to visit. The entire town is friendly and accommodating and we cannot thank the community enough for all of their support! We look forward to returning next year!

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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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