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2018 Tournament Results

Location:W. Tawakoni, TX - Lake Tawakoni
Date:02/17/18

Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Results for Tawakoni, TX

This past Saturday, February 17, 2018 the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of Lake Tawakoni in W. Tawakoni, Texas. In the event over 100 anglers from 10 states were competing not only for the $12,600.00 in cash and prizes, but the opportunity to qualify for the 2018 Cabela’s King Kat Classic. This year's Classic Championship will be held September 14 & 15, 2018 on the Ohio River at Jeffersonville, Indiana and will have a guaranteed payout of $110,000 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

Tournament day saw rain until noon, clearing with winds at 5 – 10 mph. The weather has been up and down for a month, making it difficult to determine fish patterns. Kevin Parks of LeRoy, Kansas and Ryan Gnagy of Tecumseh, Kansas took first place of the event, weighing in at 181.26 pounds and earning $4,500.00, plus an additional $300 Driftmaster Bonus. The team fished north of the 2-mile bridge, targeting flats in 20 feet of water. The team were pulling planer boards using shad for bait. Ryan and Kevin both agreed that their larger fish wanted large shad heads.

Taking second place were Steve Jones of Dallas, Texas and Travis Brown of Sanger, Texas with a total weight of 167.52 pounds and earned $2,300.00, plus an additional $980 for Big Fish. The team fished north of the 2-mile bridge, targeting creek channels in 16 – 40 feet of water using shad to land 8 fish for the day, including Big Fish of the event weighing 63.6 pounds. Steve stated that the fish have been scattered due to the crazy weather.

Roger and Marty Gerloff of Jefferson City, Missouri and Chamois, Missouri took third place weighing in at 164.30 pounds and earned $1,600.00. The team fished south of the 2-mile bridge, anchoring in 45 feet of water, targeting fish on ledges using locators to find their fish. The team used shad and said that the larger filets worked best for them.

In fourth place were Justin Cook of New Franklin, Missouri and Jason Shaw of Hallsville, Missouri with a total weight of 153.92 pounds and earned $1,000.00. The team fished north of 2-mile bridge in 25 feet of water targeting fish on flats above creek channels in structure using shad for bait to land 14 fish for the day. Justin has also won the Tawakoni tournament and stated that the difference this year was that it was hard to pre fish due to the weather.

David and Daniel Hanson of Lone Oak, Texas and Cibolo, Texas took fifth place weighing in at 141.80 pounds and earned $700.00. The team targeted fish in the shallow water of 2 – 4 feet using shad and a homemade shallow water pole to hold them to catch over 30 fish for the event. David stated that there had been a shad kill which pushed the fish shallow to feed.

6th Place $500 Mickey Casey (Forney, TX) Glenn Corder (Dallas, TX) 134.62lbs.

7th Place $400 Mickey Petree & Larry Beam (Denison, TX) 125.40lbs.

8th Place $300 Colton Quattlebaum (Emory, TX) Tony Pennnebaker (Lone Oak, TX) 103.40lbs

A special thank you to the West Tawakoni EDC Board for making this event possible every year. Also thank you to Lake Tawakoni Regional Chamber of Commerce for allowing us to use the facility for registration. Thank you to the City of West Tawakoni for their hospitality and support. Thank you to Anchor Inn Marina for their hospitality towards anglers and tournament staff. "As always Lake Tawakoni is a favorite on the King Kat trail by not only the anglers but by the staff as well. We always look forward to coming to town. It's not the biggest place compared to all the other stops, but we think of this city as family. From the anglers stand point, Lake Tawakoni is in the top catfish fisheries in the United States! We look forward to returning in 2018!"

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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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