‘King Kat’ Tournament Trail makes stop at Paul Ogle Riverfront Park


Last weekend the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park saw 42 teams converge to fish the Ohio River for catfish in the Vevay stop of the annual Cabela’s ‘King Kat’ Tournament Trail.

The two-person teams, which could also include a third person if the fisherman was a child under age 16 or someone over age 65; fished the Ohio River from McAlpine Dam to Meldahl Dam on both Friday and Saturday as a part of the Tournament Trail’s $10,000 Super Event.

All of the participants were required to check in their day’s catch at the amphitheater of Ogle Park, and several local residents came down both days to see the fish and the people who caught them. Members of Truth Apostolic Church in Vevay supplied food for hungry fishermen and spectators over both days.

There were also casting contests for everyone on Saturday; prizes were given away to spectators; and other contests and events were held to make the tournament truly a special event.

The fishing duos in Vevay came from nine different states, not only to compete for the prize money, but also for the chance to qualify for the 2013 Cabela’s King Kat Classic. This year’s Cabela’s King Kat Classic will be held September 26th-28th on Kentucky Lake at Camden, Tennessee.

For the Vevay event, first place was earned by the team of Scott Cress of Covington, Kentucky and Carl Crone of Villa Hills, Kentucky; who brought in a two-day total weight of 142.95 pounds, and earned $4,300. This is the second straight year that the team has won the event here.

Each team is allowed to weigh in up to five catfish each day of the event, with the team with the heaviest catch earning first place.

The tournament will not weigh in a dead fish, so the fishermen must also take care to make sure that the fish they catch are cared for until the weigh in.

Once the first were weighed in, volunteers from Switzerland County Tourism took the fish to the Ohio River, where they were released.

Second place in this weekend’s tournament was earned by Derrick Johnson of Brookville, Indiana and Terry Johnson of Connersville, Indiana. They had a two-day total weight of 114.1 pounds, and earned $2,000.

Third place went to the Mount Orab, Ohio team of Vic Sheppard and Chris Debow with a two-day total weight of 105.65 pounds. They earned $1,000.

The local team of Jerid Potter and Josh Parker from Madison earned fourth place with a weight of 100 pounds, earning $700.

The team also caught the biggest fish of the tournament, which they brought in on Saturday weighing 33.40 pounds. That catch earned the team an additional $700.

Fifth place in the tournament went to Don Elder of Louisville, Kentucky and Brian Burnett of Scottsburg, Indiana, whose catch weighed in at 95 pounds and earned the team $500.

Other area team results:

– The team of Martin Langness of Madison and Adam Davis of Lexington, Indiana, finished seventh overall with a weight of 78.70.

– The team of Ben Atwell and Tami Atwell of Aurora finished 10th overall with a combined weight of 57.10 pounds. They also finished ninth in the biggest fish competition with a fish weighing in at 17.25 pounds.

– The team of Anthony Skirvin and Donna Skirvin of Sanders, Kentucky, finished 18th with a weight of 39.85 pounds. They also finished sixth in the biggest fish competition with a fish weighing in at 18.65 pounds.

– The team of Vevay’s Brandon Taylor and Jody Taylor of Madison finished 19th overall with a weight of 36.85 pounds.

– Shawn Hertz of Hanover and Jeremy Horine of Lexington, Indiana, finished 32nd with a weight of 9.35 pounds.

– Joey Meadows and Gary Satchwell of Carrollton, Kentucky, participated in the tournament but did not record a weight.

– Robert Austin and George Wallace of Ghent, Kentucky, participated in the tournament but did not record a weight.