The mighty Mississippi near Covington, TN was the site of the latest Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail event. The August 15 contest was one of 12 events conducted annually in in 10 different states.
Tournament organizers choose locations in different parts of the country so they can showcase their various sponsors and allow local anglers in each region to qualify for a national championship. Championships are conducted in an East and a West Region. The Western Championship will be held in September and the East Championship will be held in October.
For the Covington event anglers could fish the Mississippi River from the I-155 Bridge, South to the I-40 Bridge at Memphis. Anglers were banned from fishing from midnight until 6:30 am on tournament day. Fishing began at 6:30 am and ended at 3:30 pm. The weigh-in was scheduled for 4:00 pm and all anglers had to be in line by then or be disqualified.
When the weigh-in closed and the weights were tallied the team of Carl Morris Jr. and Wayne Ratliff took home the bacon with a total weight of 110.62 pounds at Covington.
“It was our first time on that stretch of water,” said Morris. “We put in a lot of time scanning. Being unfamiliar with the waters we looked for the fish instead of checking normal spots. The river was falling steadily from when we arrived on Thursday. That falling water moved the fish we saw then compared to Saturday. We made an adjustment and moved upriver and went a little bit deeper. We found them and stayed on the same group all day.”
The Mississippi team of David Shipman and Brooke Wilkins took the Second Place honors with a total weight of 80.68 pounds. Shipman and Wilkins were crowned the World Champions of Catfishing at the 2015 World Championship of Catfishing (WCC) at Pickwick Landing State Park on June 27, 2015.
Third Place at Covington went to the TN team of Roy Harkness and Scott Mathis. They brought a total weight of 80.42 pounds to the scales.
Three anglers teamed up to take the Fourth Place spot at Covington. The B’n’M Poles team of George Young, Cary Long, and Bill Dance weighed in 78.74 pounds, less than two pounds out of second place.
Fifth and Sixth Place
Fifth place went to Chris Peyton and Mike Conrad with 78.64 (no photo available). “We started off drift fishing,” reported Peyton “I caught my biggest fish that way, but then I couldn’t find a bite after noon. We later marked some fish on sonar, put out the anchor and caught three.”
Sixth Place went to the B’n’M Prostaff team of Jason Aycock and Hunter Jones. They weighed two fish at 78.12 pounds. One of those was good for Big Fish honors at 52.32 pounds. “I don’t think we have ever fished so hard for a 5- to 10-pound fish in a tournament,” said Aycock. “We just could not come across one. We did try something different on the Mississippi River and managed to come across the Big Fisf of the tournament. Never be afraid to try something different when your out there.”
The Mississippi team of Larry Muse and Dino Meador weighed in 75.58 pounds. “Not a bad day but not a winner,” said Muse in a Facebook post. Muse is no stranger to catfishing. Muse won the Big Cat Quest Angler of the year the past two years.
“The competition was tough today,” said Muse. “We were seventh and only five pounds out of second. We only caught four fish. It was like the bite stopped at 11:00 am and I knew that fifth fish would be critical but just couldn’t get it. We enjoyed fishing among some of the best in the business. Thanks to my personal sponsors and everyone sponsoring tournament catfishing.”