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2017 Tournament Results

Location:Manning, SC - Santee Cooper
Date:02/17/17 - 02/18/17

Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Results for Santee Cooper (Lakes Marion & Moultrie) at Manning, SC

This past Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18, 2017 the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of Santee Cooper (Lakes Marion & Moultrie) at Manning South Carolina. In the event, 90 top anglers from 9 different states, were competing not only for the $8,900.00 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

Tournament day was reasonably warm with temperatures in the low 70's, with wind speeds of 5-10 mph on Friday, picking up to 10-15 on Saturday. Shane Queen of Monroe, North Carolina and Blake Williams of Fort Lawn, South Carolina took first place of the event, weighing in at 209.88 pounds and earning $4,000.00. The team fished the upper lake, Lake Marion, anchoring in 10 – 20 feet of water using shad for bait. Shane and Blake were the first team in 4 years to win this time of year on Lake Marion. They targeted their fish in Jack's Creek area, close to the I-95 bridge. The team stated that the fish did better on Day 1 and with high wind speeds on Day 2, the fish just quit biting.

Taking second place were James Saxon of Iva, South Carolina and Richard Wimmer of Princeton, West Virginia weighing in at 205.68 pounds and earning $2,000.00. The team fished multiple areas having to chase the fish on Day 2, stating that the fish were on an early bite , however, they weren't biting as well on Saturday. James and Richard targeted fish on ledges in 34 feet of water using chunk mullet for bait to land 9 fish on Day 1 and 10 on Day 2. The team were hoping that the fish would move up the ledge into shallow water, but they never did.

Cecil Menshouse and Jason Withrow, both of Catlettsburg, Kentucky took third place weighing in at 179.74 pounds and earned $1,000.00. The team fished Lake Moultrie, very close to the same location where they won the 2014 Santee Cooper Super Event. Cecil and Jason had a better day on Day 2 with 8 fish, anchoring and drifting, stating that anchoring work best for them.

In fourth place were Lee Hardee of Dillon, South Carolina and Brandon Tate of Lexington, North Carolina weighing in at 177.88 pounds and earning $500.00. The team fished Lake Marion on Day 1 and had better fish, but moved south to Lake Moultrie on Day 2 and didn't land near as many of fish. Lee and Brandon targeted all depths of water, ranging from 2 – 40 feet of water using perch and shad as bait. They anchored on Friday, landing 5 fish and switched to drifting on Saturday to catch 4 fish.

John Terry of Gastonia, North Carolina and Ray Morton of Lowell, North Carolina took fifth place weighing in at 175.12 pounds and earning $300.00. The team drifted both days in 20 – 25 feet of water in the Rocks Pond area using white perch and shad for bait to land 7 fish on Day 1 and 5 fish on Day 2 of the tournament.

Mark Ghent and Gary Small, both of Lancaster, South Carolina finished in sixth place with a total weight of 169.18 pounds and earned $200.00.

Big Kat of the event went to Billy Parton of Royster, Georgia and Dan Robinson of Cedartown, Georgia with a Blue Cat weighing 73 pounds and taking home a check for $900.00.

A special thank you to Erica, Jake and the staff with the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce for making this event possible. Also, a thank you to our National Sponsors who attended the tournament: David with Driftmaster and Matt with Katfish. “As always, the Santee Cooper Lakes are a big fish hot spot among the anglers. Santee Cooper is often unforgiving as was the case this week. Nevertheless, all the teams managed to find some of the best quality fish we have seen in awhile on Lakes Marion and Moultrie!”

NATIONAL SPONSORS:

Cabela's The World’s Foremost Outfitter, Alumacraft, Adventure Products EGO Nets, RigRap, B 'n' M Poles, Minn Kota, Mercury Marine, Mustad Hooks, Driftmaster Rodholders, Gamma Line, Humminbird Electronics, World Fishing Network – WFN, Rippin' Lips, Keep Alive, Cat River Anchors, Sunsect Sunscreen & Insect Repellent, Humminbird Lakemaster Maps, Digital EFX Wraps, Tentology, Crown Trophy, Gill Rainwear, Catfish Now, Whisker Wear and Allen Company.

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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