Cabela's King Kat




Tournament Rules

Official Rules of Cabela’s King Kat Events

All rules are to provide a fair and equal playing field for all competitors and are based on a (2) person team. Some states have trophy fish laws and/or individual rod limits that take precedent over our tournament rules. In those states, 3 person teams will be restricted to the same limits as a (2) person team.
  1. Top 20 teams at each event qualifies for the Cabela’s King Kat Classic.
  2. This is a team event. Team will consist of one or two persons with one exception. A third person may accompany the team provided the third person is under 16 years of age or over 65 years of age. Six (6) rod limit rule still applies.
  3. In case of extreme water/weather conditions, VMD Promotions, LLC reserves the right to postpone or cancel this event with the return of entry fees by mail.
  4. Late registration will be held the day before competition at specified location from 5-7 pm. Captains Meeting/Seminar will follow at 7pm.
  5. There will be no meeting, late registration or boat launch the morning of the event. Anglers will be allowed to launch on tournament water at 5am tournament morning. No fishing is allowed until 6:30am.
  6. Refunds shall only be made in a life threatening emergency or death in the family. Entry fees may be moved and credited to another event with 2 full week notice and payment of $25.00 Transfer fee. (NO TRANSFER OR REFUND WITHIN 14 DAYS OF EVENT FOR ANY REASON – NO EXCEPTIONS)
  7. Teams must compete from a boat and remain in the boat during competition. Fishing within 50 yards of a marina gas pump or within 50 yards of a competitor’s boat, which was first anchored, is prohibited.
  8. All fish weighed must be caught by rod and reel only. A maximum of 6 rods per boat may be used, except where state limit is set at a lesser number. No catfish may be taken from trot, jug, or limb lines.
  9. Teams must comply with state fishing and boating regulations, including the use of PFDs and kill switches. Fishing and boating licenses are the responsibility of team members.
  10. Fishing hours for daytime events shall be 6:30 AM until 3:00 PM. All anglers must be in the weigh-in line by 4:00 PM. For night events see local information on cover of brochure. All boats must be launched from a public ramp and may not leave the public ramp area before 5a.m.
  11. Any legal commercial or natural bait will be allowed. No fishing known chum holes. Fish must be a minimum of 15” in length to be weighed.
  12. Blue Cat, Channel Cat, or Flathead Cat may be weighed. A team limit of 5 fish maximum must be alive to weigh in.
  13. The use of mobile communication devices such as cellular phones, marine radios, etc. to communicate fishing information during tournament hours is prohibited.
  14. In case of a tie for a qualifying team, a coin flip conducted by the tournament director will decide who qualifies for the Classic.
  15. Any team having a member who fails or refuses to take a polygraph test or whose condition does not permit administration of a test because of contestant’s use of alcohol or drugs will be disqualified and that team will not be allowed to participate in any future VMD Promotions, LLC events.
  16. Any protest must be made in writing to the tournament director within 30 minutes following the end of the official weigh-in. A protest must state the rule number(s) broken.
  17. The use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited during any King Kat activities.
  18. The use of or display of any tobacco products in weigh-in line, on stage or during awards ceremonies is prohibited.
  19. Wanton unsportsmanlike conduct may be grounds for disqualification if circumstances require. Decision of Tournament Director will be final.
  20. All tournaments will have boundaries and will be defined in each tournament brochure.
  21. Membership in King Kat Association is required to participate in Cabela’s King Kat Tournaments.


At the request of VMD Promotions, LLC, any randomly selected team or one member of any team that qualifies for a prize must submit to and pass a POLYGRAPH TEST and/or any other test deemed necessary to determine compliance with tournament rules. Only one member of the team selected by the tournament director will be tested. If that member passes the test, the prize earned by the team will be awarded. If that member fails the test, the team will be disqualified and neither member of the team will be awarded a prize. The decision of the test examiner will be final. Contestants agree to release VMD Promotions, LLC and its sponsors of these events from any liability arising from the administration of the test and/or the decision of the test examiner. Contestants also agree that any mention of names or use of photographic likenesses may be used by King Kat and/or VMD Promotions, LLC and its national sponsors for promotional purposes.

All decisions regarding compliance with these rules and the interpretation of these rules will be made by the tournament director and VMD Promotions, LLC which reserves the right to make additional reasonable rules for the conduct of their tournaments if circumstances require. VMD Promotions, LLC (d/b/a Cabela’s King Kat) does not discriminate for reasons of race, creed, color, or national origin and we abide by all rules set forth in the American Disabilities Act.

Points Team of the Year Competition

All teams will be competing for points at each event for the right to be crowned “Team of the Year”. Teams will receive points for their finish at each tournament (Classic Excluded). (Example – 100 pts for 1st, 99 pts for 2nd, 98 for 3rd, etc.. The team with the most points at the end of the regular season based on their best 4 finishes will win. In the case of a tie, those teams tied will have a fish off at the Classic. The winning team will receive a $500 Cabela's Gift Certificate and 4 Free Entries in the 2014 Regular Season Schedule.

Code of Ethics

Cabela's King Kat Tournament Trail is America’s Premier Catfish Trail. Much media coverage and attention will be focused on our events and especially at the weigh-in sites. Please present yourself in such a way as we can all be proud. Dress accordingly at the weigh-ins and be at the top of your behavior. The better image we project to our sponsors and America’s youth, the more highlight the sport of catfishing will receive. This will be of great benefit to those who are seeking their own sponsorship’s as well. Attention Catfish Clubs and Organizations: Register your organization with Cabela’s King Kat Trail and qualify your top two (2) teams from each event to fish the Cabela’s King Kat Classic, provided they fish one Cabela’s King Kat event, just for helping us promote Cabela’s King Kat Trail.

Angler of the Year Competition

All anglers will be competing for points at each event for the right to be crowned “Angler of the Year”. Anglers will receive points for their finish at all tournaments (Championships Excluded). (Example - 100 pts. for 1st, 99 for 2nd, 98 for 3rd etc). We will count only the best 4 finishes of each angler. In case of a tie, the largest fish caught, at either Championship event, by a tied angler will determine the winner. Award will be presented at the final championship of the season. Award for 2014 will be a $1000 Cabela’s Gift Certificate, a Minn Kota Talon Shallow Water Anchor and (4) free entries in the 2015 Regular Season Schedule.

Driftmaster Bonus Program 2014

Driftmaster Bonus - At each local 2014 Cabela’s King Kat Tournament event, the winning team (1st place) will receive 1 free entry ($200.00) to their choice of any of the remaining 2014 local tournament events or, $250.00 in Driftmaster Merchandise. At the Cabela’s King Kat Championships, 1st place will receive one T-500 Big Fish Trolling Bar (Valued @ $251.00) and an additional bonus of $400. To qualify for the Driftmaster Bonus program, anglers will need to: (1) Donate $20 (cost of decals) to the scholarship fund at the seminar/registration where you will then receive 2 Driftmaster patches and 2 Driftmaster decals. (2) You must have the pro staff logo on your boat at weigh-in. (3) You must have a Driftmaster logo on your shirt OR hat. (4) You must have only Driftmaster rod holders on your boat. Special "team" decals will be available after January 2014

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