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Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Results for Tennessee River (Wheeler Lake) at Decatur, Alabama 

18 Mar 2018 Staff

This past Saturday, March 17, 2018 the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of The Tennessee River (Wheeler Lake) in Decatur, Alabama. In the event over 120 anglers from 15 states were competing not only for the $15,000 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 early morning rain, eventually clearing up with winds at 10 – 20mph and temperatures reaching in the high 70's, and the river current slowing down. The day also saw Mike Mitchell of Grant, Alabama and Rick Sexton of Helenwood, Tennessee take first place of the event, weighing in at 145.1 pounds and earning $4,900. The team anchored all day, catching fish in the Decatur, AL area. Mike stated that the fish were scattered and bit periodically all day long. The teams big fish were caught out of shallow water in 8 feet with the rest coming out of deeper water around 20 feet. Mike thought that the high water had pushed the majority of the fish shallow over the past few weeks. They used skip jack bait to land 7 fish for the day, targeting structure and rock piles.      


Taking second place were Zed Moore of Mt. Caramel, Illinois and Josh & Les Moore of Vincent, Indiana with a total weight of 131.04 pounds and earned $2,500. The team fished towards Wheeler dam, targeting fish in 40 feet of water on the main river ledge. They caught 5 fish dragging skipjack down the channel. Josh stated that all 5 fish had come off the skipjack heads.      


David Shipman of Corinth, Mississippi and Brett Nash of Rienzi, Mississippi took third place weighing in at 123.28 pounds and earned $1,800. The team used the 7.5 foot B'n”M poles to land 9 total fish for the day, targeting structure around the nuclear plant, anchoring and using skipjack for bait.  


In fourth place were Ryan Lawrence of Portland, Tennessee and Mark Blauvelt of New Lebanon, Ohio with a total weight of 119.18 pounds and earned $1,100. The team fished the middle of the lake, downstream from Decatur on creek channels coming onto flats in 20 feet of water using skipjack and their B'n'M poles to land 10 fish for the event. 


Trevor Nederhoff of Calera, Alabama and Josh Brown of Rainbow City, Alabama took fifth place weighing in at 111.3 pounds and earned $750. The team fished down river from Decatur near the paper mill, dragging baits across creek channels on flats in 20 - 25 feet of water to have 9 fish using skipjack for bait.  

  • 6th Place $600 Roger and Mary Gerloff (Jefferson City, MO and Chamois, MO) 109.28lbs.
  • 7th Place $500 Wesley Mann and Kevin Breed love (Clarksville, TN and Pleasant View, TN) 106.78lbs.
  • 8th Place $350 Brian and Brad Burnett (Scottsburg, IN) 106.28lbs.  
  • 9th Place $300 and Big Fish $1,120 Justin Cook and Tyler Moses (West Franklin, MO and Florence, AL) 106.12lbs, Big Fish weighing 89.96lbs .  


A special thank you to the staff at the Decatur-Morgan County Tourism for hosting the event and making everything run so smoothly. Also, thank you to all the hotels who offered special rates for the anglers that were qualified for the extra $1,000 housing bonus offered by the tourism office. “Decatur, Alabama never disappoints and the people here are so hospitable! We always look forward to coming back, as well as, do the anglers. We look forward to returning next year for another great event. Also, the heaviest fish ever weighedd in a King Kat tournamentrecordd was broke this weekend, with an 89.96 pound fish replacing the previous record fish of 86.9 pounds. 



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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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