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2018 Tournament Results

Location:Camden, SC - Lake Wateree
Date:04/28/18

Team Lindsay wins Cabela’s King Kat Tournament on Lake Wateree
(King Kat total weight and Big Kat records were broken )

Louisville, KY – April 29, 2018 – Fifty catfish teams from eight states travelled to Lake Wateree for a Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail Event. More than 50 teams were on hand at the Camden, SC event to test their catfishing skills against other anglers and Mother Nature in an effort to earn some of the $12,500 in cash and prizes.

The April 28, 2018 tournament featured some great fishing conditions. Air temperures were in the 80s with 6-10 mph winds out of the NW. The water was high from recent rains and the lake was producing a heavy current which had the fish on the move. Competitors were vying for cash and prizes, and an opportunity to qualify for the $110,000 Classic Championship to be held September 14 and 15, 2018, on the Ohio River at Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Results for the Top Teams

Top honors at Lake Wateree went to George and Karen Lindsay from Chester, SC. They weighed in a total of 120.1 pounds. First place earned them a check for $4,500 and they added Big Kat earnings of $1,000 and a Driftmaster Bonus worth $300.

The Big Kat weighed 62.84 pounds. Both their total weights and the Big Kat weight was the heaviest ever for Lake Wateree!

Team Lindsay gave God the glory for blessing them on a tremendous day of fishing. They targeted fish in Cedar Creek on the first rock wall on the left coming into the creek. They fished on the rope all day in a single spot using shad for bait. They boated 20 fish for the day.

George reported a rather slow fishing day. He said that the fish were moving in the current and they were catching them as they came by. The Big Kat came to the boat about 7:30 am.

Second place went to Dean Birch from Chester, SC and Robert Ayers from Rock Hill, SC. They brought 113.44 pounds to the scales to earn $2,300.00 for their day of fishing. Birch and Ayers fished Cedar Creek. They changed it up a bit by fishing shallow water, as shallow as 2-3 feet to be exact.

Dean stated that with the high water the bait pushed up on the bank and the fish were feeding on shallow bait. He also said that the current was a big factor in making for a good bite. The team anchored all day using shad and perch for bait. They landed more than 30 fish for the day.

Shane Queen from Monroe, NC and Ric Helms from Clover, SC teamed up to earn $1,600.00 with a weight of 110.96 pounds in the third-place spot.

Queen and Helms also targeted Cedar Creek but moved out towards the mouth away from everyone else. They relocated a total of 9 times to cover the whole mouth of the creek.

They used perch and shad, fishing from the anchor, to catch more than 25 fish. They also noted that the fish were moving through.

Fourth place was won by the team of Gene Gaston and Damon Gibson from Chester and Richburg, SC. Their bag of 105 pounds earned them a check for $1,000.00.

Gaston and Gibson fished along with many other teams in Cedar Creek. They were, in fact, right behind the the first-place team in 30 feet of water. They fished on the anchor in the creek channel using shad to land 10 fish for the day.

Rounding out the top five was Ray and Tracey Waldrop with 97.62 pounds. The Southern Pines, NC team fished in Wateree Creek. They found their fish in structure on a hump in 13 feet of water. Team Waldrop anchored up and used shad to catch about 30 fish on the day and earn a check for $650.00.

The Remaining Top Teams

6th Place – John Terry & Shane Owenby – 96.80

7th Place – Jonathon Hilton & George Seegars – 96.50

8th Place – Carl Morris Jr. & Rob Parssons – 91.86

9th Place – Larry Henderson & Landon Loftin – 89.88

10th Place – Brian Snipes & Kenneth Branch – 87.56

Epilogue

Tournament director, Jeremy Coe thanked Suzi Sale and staff at the City of Camden for making the event possible.

"We always enjoy coming to Lake Wateree and Camden, SC,” said Coe. “It is truly our second home, plus it's one of the best catfish lakes in the Carolinas! We are excited to be returning in 2019 for another great event!"

National Sponsors

Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail sponsors include: Cabela's, 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, Cat River Anchors, Sunsect Sunscreen & Insect Repellent, Humminbird Lakemaster Maps, Digital EFX Wraps, Tentology, Gill Rainwear, CatfishNow Digital Magazine, Whisker Wear Apparel, The Original Clearboard, Extreme Bait Systems and Katfish Clothing.

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