BY PCC STAFF
FORT MADISON – Riverview Park will be the site of some pretty big catfish this weekend.
The Cabela’s King Kat Tournament will be doing weigh-ins beginning at 4 p.m. on Aug. 11th and 12th. Anglers will compete starting at 6:30 a.m. on both days and will fish until 3 p.m. with all fisherman in the weigh-in line by 4 p.m. with a five fish limit-per team.
This is an opportunity for catfish anglers to compete for cash, prizes and a chance to advance to the Cabela’s King Kat North and South Championship.
Late registration will be held Thursday, August 10 the day before competition at Comfort Inn, 6169 Reve Court, from 5-7 pm. Captains Meeting/Seminar will follow at 7 p.m. Fisherman must be a member of the King Kat Association to fish this event. A one-year membership is $30.00. To pre-register go on line to: www.kingkatusa.com or call (502) 384-5924. Anglers may fish Pool 19 of the Mississippi River, however, the Skunk River is off limits.
The tournament weigh-in will be held at Riverview Marina. To help preserve the sport only live fish will be weighed in and all fish will be released after the tournament. For a complete list of rules visit our website: www.kingkatusa.com or phone Cabela’s King Kat Headquarters at: (502) 384-5924.
The Fort Madison Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome all Cabela’s King Kat anglers and their guest to the area and hope they take the opportunity to enjoy the many attractions in the area. For more information please call: (319) 372-5471 or visit their website at: www.fortmadison.com. Host lodging for the event will be Boulder Inn and Suites, 4901 Ave. O, Ft. Madison, IA. For reservations call: (319) 246-1401. The number of rooms may be limited in some areas so it is recommended that participants make their reservations early.
In conjunction with the tournament, the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail will hold the Cabela’s King Kat Kids event on Saturday, August 12 at Wilson Lake Park, 2195 220th Street, Donnellson, IA. The event is free of charge and open to all youth 12 and younger. Sign up is from 8 a.m. till 9 a.m. with the Kid’s Fishing Event starting at 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. All children will receive a prize just for entering. Bring your favorite rod, reel and bait and show your true fishing ability. All children must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Prizes for winners will be given in two age groups, 0-7 and 8-12. The event is free to all children 12 and under with all participants eligible for a chance to win one of the six, Outdoor Promotions $1,000.00 scholarships to be awarded in October.
Outdoor Promotions and our anglers have contributed nearly $342,000.00 to the “Kids” Scholarships since 1997. We are very proud to be a part of the education process for the youngsters who participate in our tournaments as adult/youth teams and those who fish in the Outdoor Promotions “Kids Fishing Rodeos”.
This year’s King Kat Northern Championship will be held September 22 & 23, 2017 on the Cumberland River (Old Hickory Lake) at Gallatin, Tennessee. The Southern Championship will be held October 6 & October 7, 2017 on Lake Wateree at Camden, South Carolina. 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.
Sponsors for this years events include Cabela’s, Adventure Products EGO Nets, RigRap, B ‘n’ M Poles, Minn Kota, Mercury Marine, Mustad Hooks, Driftmaster Rodholders, Gamma Line, Humminbird Electronics, World Fishing Network – WFN, Rippin’ Lips, Keep Alive, Cat River Anchors, Sunsect Sunscreen & Insect Repellent, Humminbird Lakemaster Maps, Digital EFX Wraps, Tentology, Crown Trophy, Gill Rainwear, Catfish Now and Whisker Wear.