GALLIPOLIS — This past Saturday, the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers at Gallipolis.
In the event, over 100 anglers from five different states, were competing not only for the $8,600 in cash and prizes, but the opportunity to qualify for the 2017 Cabela’s King Kat Northern and Southern Championship.
Rodney Harrison, Kim Bailey and Sam Thompson, all of Eleanor, W.Va., took first place of the tournament, weighing in at 97.68 pounds and earning $3,400. The team fished in the Leon, W.Va. area, 15 miles north of Gallipolis, anchored and targeting structures in 15 to 20 feet of water. They used a variety of bait from skipjack to bluegill to land seven total fish for the day. The team also had second place Big Kat weighing 50.78 pounds, which is one of the largest blue cats weighed in that area.
Taking second place were Chris Rhodes, of Scott Depot, W. Va. ,and Chris Hatfield, of Hurricane, W.Va., with a total weight of 74.14 pounds and earned $1,700, plus an additional $1,000.00 for Big Fish of the event. The team fished in the Ravenswood area in the pool above Gallipolis, anchored and targeting ledges in 17 feet of water. They used both mooneye and shad for bait to catch four fish for the day, including Big Kat of the tournament that weighed 53.22 pounds.
Chad Ord and Jeff Roush, both of Letart, W.Va., took third place weighing in at 68.04 pounds and earned $900.00. The team fished two miles upriver from the weigh-in site, targeting structure out of the current in 14 feet of water. They used both shad and skipjack for bait, stating that the heads worked best to land their three fish that all came out of the same hole.
In fourth place were Willie Smith and Nick Anderson, both of Frankfort, Ohio, weighing in at 61.74 pounds and earning $650. The team also fished in the Ravenswood area, targeting fish in shallow water getting out of the current to catch 14 total fish for the day using shad for bait.
Joey Eddy of Clarksburg, W.Va., and John Barnett of Follansbee, W.Va. took fifth place with a total weight of 59.9 pounds and earned $450. The team fished the Ravenswood area, anchored to land two fish for the day. One fish was found in the mouth of a creek on the bank in three feet of water using skipjack and the other fish came from a structure in 19 feet of water on shad.
Steve Collins and Kevin Tindle took sixth place weighing in at 50.76 pounds and earned $300. Chris Souders and Nick Conaway came in seventh place weighing 47.40 pounds and earned $200.
Information for this article submitted by Gallia County Convention and Visitors Bureau.