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2017 Tournament Results

Location:Western Championship: Gallatin, TN - Cumberland River (Old Hickory Lake)
Date:09/22/17 - 09/23/17

Cabela’s King Kat Northern Championship Results for the Cumberland River, TN

This past Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23, 2017 the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of the Cumberland River (Old Hickory Lake) at Gallatin, Tennessee for the 2017 Northern Championship. In the event, over 80 top anglers from 10 different states, were competing for the $39,000.00 in cash and prizes. 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

Weather was in the low 90's both days with light winds and a light current, making the bite difficult. There was a slow current on Friday which saw some great weights, however, on Saturday there was little to no current, causing the fish not to bite for most anglers. These conditions didn't stop David Shipman and Brooke Wilbanks, both of Corinth, Mississippi from taking first place weighing in at 142.06 pounds and winning a Boat Package, $3,000.00 and the $600.00 DriftMaster Bonus. The team fished south of Flipper's Bait and Tackle towards Old Hickory Dam in 45 – 50 feet of water, anchoring and drifting. David and Brooke targeted their fish in the river channel, as well as some structure using skipjack for bait and gave credit to the 7 foot and drift baits in the river channel. The team won a new Alumacraft 1860 boat with a 75hp Mercury 4-stroke motor, Humminbird Helix 7 Chirp SI, Minn Kota Maxxum 80 trolling motor and Minn Kota on-board charger. They also won the DriftMaster bonus, which consist of $400.00 in entry fees in 2018 or $600.00 in product. Congratulations to the team!

Taking second place were David Hill of Louisville, Tennessee and Kenneth McKenzie of Rockford, Tennessee weighing in at 141.36 pounds and earning $3,000.00. The team also fished down river around the Old Hickory Dam in the river channel in 45 – 50 feet of water, anchoring and using skipjack for bait to land 12 fish for the weekend. David and Kenneth were in the lead on Day 1, however due to no current on Day 2, their fish just weren't biting.

Steve and Lisa Douglas, of Bardstown, Kentucky took third place weighing in at 139.06 pounds and earning $1,500.00. The team fished south towards the dam, working the edge of the river channel using planer boards to cover the entire channel. Steve and Lisa targeted their fish in the 50 foot range, using skipjack for bait.

Taking fourth place were Frank Wright and Aaron Preece, both of Chesapeake, West Virginia with a total weight of 128.68 pounds and earning $1,000.00. The team fished south as well, towards the dam, targeting their fish in 60 plus feet of water on the river ledges. Frank and Aaron used skipjack and shad guts from Big Kat Bait Company, landing 15 total fish for the 2-Day event.

Joey Pounders of Steens, Mississippi and Jay Gallop of Caledonia, Mississippi took fifth place weighing in at 116.08 pounds and earning $800.00. The team fished near Cairo boat ramp, just upriver from Flipper's Bait and Tackle in 35 – 60 feet of water near trees on Day 1, but not having much luck, targeted rock walls and ledges on Day 2. Joey and Jay anchored using live shad to land 15 total fish for the weekend giving credit to their 10 foot B 'n' M poles for helping land their fish and X-Treme bait tank for helping to keep their live shad healthy.

6th place - $700 Bruce Paulk (Michie, TN) & Brian Vohol (Hermitage, TN) 102.22 pounds.

7th place – 50 gallon X-Treme Bait Tank Chris Souders (Oak Hill, OH & Nick Conaway (Lucasville, OH) 87.4 pounds.

8th place - $300 Cabela's Gift Card and $200 Steve Collins (Williamsburg, OH) & Shannon Sizemore ( Goshen, OH) 82.2 pounds.

9th place - $300 Cabela's Gift Card and $200 Christian Vittetoe (Knoxville, TN) & Samuel Cates (Mascot, TN) 79.56 pounds. Team also won Big Fish, an additional $760, plus X-Treme 50 gallon Bait Tank, with their Big Kat weighing 54.34 pounds.

10th place - $300 Cabela's Gift Card and $200 Danny Sapp (Pekin, IL) and Pete Moreland (Ladd, IL) 79.2 pounds.

Angler of the Year - $500 Cabela's Gift Card, $500 and 4 Free Entries in 2018 season - Chris Souders and Nick Conaway.

Junior Angler of the Year – Chris Grose and Matt Renner.

A special thank you to Barry and his staff with Sumner County Tourism for making this event possible. Also, a big thank you to Flippers Bait & Tackle for cooking breakfast for all the anglers and their hospitality during the weekend. We saw much better weights this year than in the past 2 years of being here in September. We are also very excited to be returning in 2018 for a 2-Day Super Event on March 30 – 31, 2018!

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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