Cabela's King Kat




2018 Tournament Results

Location:Chester, PA - Delaware River

Team Trainor wins Cabela’s King Kat Tournament on Delaware River
(Josh, Roy, and Nathan Trainor battled unseasonably cold weather to claim top honors at Chester, PA. )

Louisville, KY – April 22 2018 – Catfish anglers from three states travelled to the Delaware River for Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail Local Event. The catfish teams gathered at Chester, PA to test their catfishing skills against other anglers and Mother Nature.

Actually, Mother Nature had not been good to the area in the time working up to tournament day on April 21, 2018. Cold weather had prevented most anglers from prefishing and resulted in a slow bite in the river.

Weather had improved by tournament day with temperures rising to the low 60's. The day was sunny, but windy in the early morning. Water was 50-52 degrees, 10 degrees cooler than average for that time of year.

Results for the Top Teams

The team of Josh, Roy, and Nathan Trainor battled the tough bite to bring 53.54 pounds to the scales. The Gibbstown, NJ residents earned $1,500 with a nice bag of channel cats.

Team Trainor fished south of Chester about 3 miles, never leaving a 100 yard stretch of river. They targeted the edge of the river channel finding fish in 18-25 feet of water.

“It’s been a tough few weeks with the weather we’ve had,” noted Josh Trainor. “We weren’t able to get out and prefish. Our strategy was just to go to a few spots that we know hold big fish and wait them out. The water was 10 degrees cooler than we are used to fishing. The fish were not really aggressive. It was real slow bite.”

They fished off the rope all day long, using bunker for bait. They caught about 15-20 fish on the day.

Second place went to another Gibbstown team. William Damask and William Damask II claimed the runner up spot with 53.32 pounds of Delaware River catfish and earned $500 for the day.

The team fished 8 miles south of Chester using cut bunker to land around 25 fish for the day. They targeted ledges and drop offs in 25-30 feet of water.

“The day started off very cold,” reported Billy Damask. “The water temperature is down and the fishing was slow. It was very hard fishing today but we put enough together to get 2nd place.”

Third place went to Lee Dickerson from Middletown, PA and Keith Rippeon from Fairfield, PA. They weighed in 39.20 pounds to claim their spot and earn $225.00.

Dickerson and Rippeon fished about 40 miles north of Chester in the Trenton area. They found their fish on drop offs and ledged in depths ranging from 5-20 feet of water. They anchor fished and used cut bait to land 9 fish on the day.

The team of Carl Morris Jr., Johnstown, OH and Robert A Parsons, Mt. Vernon, OH, claimed the fourth place spot with 38.34 pounds. Their bag included a 14.74 pounder to earn the Big Kat of the tournament title.

Morris and Parsons fished in the Chester area. They found their fish on the river channel in 25-30 feet of water. They landed around 30 fish for the day, fishing on the rope.

The Remaining Top Teams

5th Place – Roy Damask and Steven Weindel, Jr. – 35.32

6th Place – Randy Magdin and Ken Jeffers – 33.30

7th Place – James M. Grelli and Jake Grellli – 30.64


Tournament director, Jeremy Coe thanked the many people and companies that helped make the Delaware River event possible.

“I would like to thank Drake Nakaishi with the City of Chester for working very hard to make this event possible,” said Coe. “I would also like to thank all the staff at Harrah’s for their hospitality both Friday and Saturday.”

Coe also offered his gratitude to the other local sponsors: Murphy Ford, ROE, Monroe Energy, City of Chester, Chester Economic Development Authority, Health Mats, The Social Lounge, The Nakaishi Group Bochetto & Lentz, Penn Home, Chester Water Authority, & GWSI.

“I would also like to thank all of the city and state officials for making appearances and welcoming the anglers to town,” concluded Coe.

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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