Wet and windy weather on Saturday morning did not keep catfish anglers at the Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest (BCQ) from bringing in some impressive weights. More rain is forecast for Sunday, but if the bite remains as strong as it was today more big cats will come to the scales.
First to weigh-in on Saturday was the team of Larry Muse, John Stevens and Don Dalton. Fresh off a win at the recent Monsters on the Ohio the team weighed in 143.30 pounds. That weight stood up through the entire weigh-in so the Muse team starts off day two in the lead.
We just kinda’ took our time getting started,” commented Muse. “We were the last boat to put in. We kinda’ piddled around and waited for daylight before getting’ on the big river. I don’t like fishing in the dark so we spotted everybody a good 45 minutes fishing time. We got out there and started bumping where we had charted the day before.”
“It was probably about a mile and a half of bank where we planned on fishing. We just kinda’ dissected that stretch of water and marked some good spots. The wind made it a little tough until we hit some real pretty water and slower current. Once that boat got to where it was easy to handle and I could control the speed to where I wanted it to bump we put some fish in the boat. We caught a couple of 30s and maybe a 40 and decided we didn’t need to be beating up these fish so we headed in, saving a few for tomorrow.”
Tournament catfishing can be a game of ounces. By the time all boats came to the scales the Catbusters team of Tim Owenby, Teresa Owenby and Jody Atkins trailed the leaders by only .6 pounds with a total weight of 142.7 pounds. The Catbusters stringer included a whopper catfish that weighed 64 pounds.
“We bottom bumped deep water all day long,” said Tim Owenby. “We have only fished the Mississippi about three or four times. We are just learning it. We just worked our butts off all day long.”
The B’n’M team of Joey Pounders and Jay Gallop claimed the third place spot on day one with a total weight of 133.20 pounds.
The Tennessee team of Clifton Crutcher and Rodney Durham brought in a stringer of 127.10 pounds to lock up the fourth place spot.
Rounding out the top five was this year’s World Champions of Catfishing, David Shipman and Brooke Wilkins. The Shipman/Wilkins team caught a total weight of 126.45 to take the fifth place spot.
Big fish on day one went to Mississippian David Magness. His big ole blue cat topped the scales at 71.25 pounds.
Larry Muse was also recognized as the BCQ Angler of the Year. 2015 was the third straight year Muse won the award.
A good bite on day one had anglers ready to launch again Sunday for day two of the tournament. “We had so much fun today, I am ready to do it again tomorrow,” said Theresa Owenby. “We were so busy we were culling 30 pounders.”
Day two anglers will have two hours less to fish on Sunday. They are allowed to
Leave the ramp at 4:00 am and start fishing at 6:00 am. The scales open at 11:00 am and fishing ends at 1:00 pm. Contestants must be in the weigh-in line by 2:00 pm for the final weigh-in on Mud Island River Park, Memphis, Tennessee. The public is encouraged and invited to attend.
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