Catfish anglers from seven states traveled to Lake Wateree for Saturday’s King Kat Tournament Trail event presented by Bass Pro Shops Cabela’s. Thirty-seven teams gathered to test their catfishing skills against other anglers and Mother Nature.
David Faulkenbury and J.R. Holler claimed the top honors at Camden. The Pageland anglers brought 126.74 pounds to the scales to earn first place and $3,800. They added the Driftmaster Rod Holders Bonus of $300 for using all Driftmaster Rod Holders on their boat.
The runner-up spot went to Benji Brown and Lindsey Patterson from Boiling Springs. They weighed 117.06 pounds that included Big Kat of the tournament. They earned $1,800 for placing and $740 for the Big Kat that weighed 43.06 pounds.
Third place went to Bradley and Robin Williams from Vass, N.C. They weighed a bag of 105.98 pounds to earn $1,400.00.
Bradley and Robin also fished Cedar Creek. They were able to land 15 fish for the day without moving. They fished in 14 feet of water using perch for bait.
Joseph, Paige, and Kylie Spittle claimed the fourth-place spot. The Waxhaw, N.C., team weighed in 99.46 pounds to earn $750.00.
Team Spittle also fished Cedar Creek. They targeted the fish in a single spot where they anchored all day. They boated 15 fish on the day using shad for bait in 14 feet of water.
John Terry and Stephen Wooten from Gastonia, N.C., rounded out the top five. They weighed a bag of 89.96 pounds and earned $500.00.
Terry and Wooten fished Cedar Creek also, but in deeper water. They found their fish in 19 feet of water. They tempted the cats with gizzard shad while fishing on the rope.
Faulkenbury and Holler targeted fish in Cedar Creek. They moved several times to find fish and didn’t get on the bigger fish until after noon.
“The Lord blessed us with a great day,” said Faulkenbury. “He kept the stormy weather away from us. It only sprinkled rain on us a few times nothing hard. We did hear a little thunder rumbling in the distance.”
“We fished in Cedar Creek where it started out kinda’ slow,” reported Faulkenbury. “We caught some smaller fish to start with. The bigger fish started biting for us after 12:00. We culled several in 15-pound range”.
Competitors were vying for $10,100 in cash and prizes, and an opportunity to qualify for the $120,000 Classic Championship to be held November 1 and 2, 2019, on the Tennessee River (Wheeler Lake) at Decatur, Alabama.
Anglers on Wateree were greeted with scattered showers on tournament morning. The skies changed to partly cloudy as the day went on and air temperatures rose to the low 80s. Winds in the 5 to10 mph range and water temps at 70 degrees made for decent fishing conditions on the popular catfish lake.
“We moved several times looking for the big bite,” added Holley. “But we ended up in the nursery. We made our last move of only about 100 yards. We were anchored in about 14 feet of water fishing downstream. That is where we started to pick up a little better fish.”