Anglers were greeted with cooler temps and cloudy skies for Saturday’s Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest. The weatherman predicted 50 percent chance of showers for the Saturday August 29 event. Only a few of the anglers saw any morning showers, but black clouds rolled in and out all day long keeping the threat of rain high. A small shower came during the weigh in but it was not enough to hamper the event.
It was definitely a family affair in Georgia’s Rome on the Coosa River. The father, mother, son team of Troy, Angie and Dylan Boatwright reeled in the First Place honors by breaking the 90 pound mark. “It was great out there for us today,” said Angie Boatwright following the tournament. “The water was a bit murky, but it all worked out.”
Troy Boatwright gave all the credit to Angie. “She put us on the fish,” said Troy. Dylan identified what catfishing is all about for most anglers. “It was a great day of fishing and I had fun out there today,” remarked Dylan.
The Boatwright’s winning five flathead catfish weighed 91.55 pounds. Tournament organizer, Ken Freeman, commented that it was the first time his tournament had ever been won with all flatheads.
Second Place went to Kenneth Williams and Aaron Churchill from Buchanan GA. “The day started off rough,” said Williams. “We hooked up with a good one early and lost it. We think it was a flathead that took us up under the cover and snapped us off. We had some small ones in between that and then picked up a couple good ones.”
Williams and Churchill use cut live bream to bring five flatheads to the scales. The five fish weighed 74.5 pounds. Williams is a newcomer to tournament fishing and was very pleased to win.
The father/son team of George and David Harrison got third place honors by weighing in a five fish limit at 65.6 pounds. George and David are not strangers to the trail; they won the Big Cat Quest in Rome last year.
Fourth Place went to Donnie Fountain and Jeremy Stoker with a five fish limit weighing 63.90 pounds. They also won big fish honors with a 32.55-pound bluecat.
Freeman thanked the Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau, for hosting the tournament; the Kroger store where the weigh in was held; and the Quality Inn – Rome for providing outstanding accommodation as the headquarters hotel and registration site.
For information on the next Big Cat Quest their website can be viewed at bigcatquest.com. Their Facebook page can be viewed by clicking here.