Catfish anglers from several states will travel to the Lake Tawakoni at West Tawakoni for a King Kat Tournament Trail event presented by Bass Pro Shops Cabela’s. Local and traveling anglers will be vying for cash, prizes, and an opportunity to compete at the 2019 King Kat Classic which will feature a guaranteed payout of $120,000 in cash and prizes.

Anglers in the March 9, event will be testing their catfishing skills against other anglers and whatever Mother Nature has in store. More than 100 anglers from 10 states competed in the 2018 event out of West Tawakoni.

Unsettled March weather often challenges anglers to successfully pattern the fish. But last year Kevin Parks and Ryan Gnagy managed 181.26 pounds to claim the tip spot. The team fished north of the 2-mile bridge. Their winning strategy was pulling planer boards in 20 feet of water using shad for bait.

How to Enter

Teams may consist of one or two anglers, with a third allowed if the angler is under the age of 16 or over 65 years of age. Early registration can be accomplished on the King Kat website at https://www.kingkatusa.com/Tournament_Registration.cfm. Teams may also enter by calling 502-384-5924 or by entering at the mandatory pre-tournament seminar on the night before the tournament begins. Late entries are subject to a $25.00 late fee.

Participating angers must be a member of the King Kat Association. Membership is $30 for adults and $15 for spouse and youth memberships. Other membership levels are outlined on the King Kat website. Each membership will include a subscription to the official publication of the King Kat Association, one of the top catfishing fishing publications in the nation.

Registration and Seminar

A pre-tournament seminar will be held the day before the tournament at American Legion Post 517, 236 Highway 276, Quinlan, 75474.

Sign up will begin at 5 p.m. The Seminar and National Sponsor Field Test Product Drawing start at 7 p.m. local time. This seminar is open to the public. Those individuals not fishing the event are encouraged to attend and meet top catfish anglers from several different states.

The Weigh-In Site

The tournament weigh-in will be held on Saturday at West Tawakoni City Park, 1208 East Hwy 276, West Tawakoni, 75474 beginning at 3 p.m. This is the perfect opportunity for non-competitors to learn how the big ones are caught. Interviews of the top 5 teams are conducted following the weigh-in.

Sponsor and Host Lodging Site

The West Tawakoni EDC Board and the City of Emory welcomes all King Kat anglers and their guests to the area and hope they take the opportunity to enjoy the local attractions.

Host lodging is the Anchor Inn, 800 Tomahawk Drive, West Tawakoni, 75474 903-447-2256 and Best Western Plus, 1026 East Lennon Drive, Emory, 75440 903-473-2022. The number of rooms in the area may be limited. It is recommended that participants make their reservations early.

Free Kids Fishing Rodeo

A free Catfish Kids Fishing Rodeo will be held in conjunction with the tournament. Sign up is Saturday morning at West Tawakoni City Park, 1208 East Highway 276, West Tawakoni, 75474.

The event is free of charge and open to all youth 12 years old and younger. All participating children must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up is from 8:00 am until 9:00 am with fishing from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. The Fishing Rodeo is a chance for children of the area to get out and enjoy nature, do a little fishing and win some prizes. All participants are eligible for a chance to win one of six $1,000 scholarships presented by Outdoor Promotions. The scholarships are awarded annually at the Cabela's King Kat Classic. 

Outdoor Promotions and participating anglers have contributed $360,000.00 to youth scholarships since 1997. They are very proud to be a part of the education process for the youngsters who participate in the tournaments as adult/youth teams and those who fish in the Outdoor Promotions Kids Fishing Rodeos.

The Classic Championship

This year’s Cabela’s King Kat Classic Championship will be held Nov. 1–2, on the on the Tennessee River in Decatur, AL. The points race has been upgraded to $30,000 paid to the top 20 places. It features a guaranteed payout of $120,000 in cash and prizes based on the top five finishes.  

National Sponsors

Bass Pro Shops Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail sponsors include: Bass Pro Shops Cabela’s, Excel Boats, Mercury Marine, Mustad Hooks, Humminbird, Minn Kota, B’n’M Poles, Gamma Line, Driftmaster Rod Holders, Ego Nets, Xtreme Bait Systems, Clear Boards, EFX Graphics, Catfish Now, Fin n’ Frames, and Crown Trophy

For more information on the championship and other King Kat activities visit their website at www.kingkatusa.com. Anglers can also follow the trail on the King Kat Facebook Page.

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