Fifty-four teams registered for King Kat’s Super Event on Santee Cooper Lakes in SC. Up for grabs is $10,000 in cash and prizes. Mixed reports of prefishing success were bandied about at Thursday nights registration held at the Manning, SC High School.
A good weather forecast has blessed the tournament anglers. Sunny skies with temperatures in the lower 60s and winds around 5 mph offer perfect fishing conditions. Plenty of big blue, channel cat and flathead catfish are expected to come to the scales at John C. Land Landing, 4404 Greenall Road, Summerton, SC during the weigh-ins on Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20.
The familiar Cabela’s Big Kat tournament trailer will be setup near the pavilion at the landing. Teams must launch from a public boat ramp, but have the option of weighing in from the water or by trailer.
Santee Cooper is known for an abundance of big catfish. Last years Big Fish topped the scales at 66 pounds. Anglers and organizers are expecting that weight to be bettered on Friday or Saturday.
Prefishing anglers noted that the fish appeared to be deep, hugging the bottom, on the days before the tournament. Warm weather and rising water temperatures are expected to raise them up a bit and get them active.
Several individuals addressed the anglers during the registration. A representative from the Manning Chamber of Commerce welcomed the tournament teams and wished them good fishing. David Baynard (Driftmaster Rod Holders) explained a new 3-position rod holder base to the crowd. Additionally, since Santee Cooper is his “home waters” he doubled the Driftmaster’s Bonus for this event. King Kat’s Jeremy Coe went over the rules and wished the anglers good luck.
A combination of tournament and state rules allows competitors to keep 4 fish over 32 inches per boat, per day. Five fish per day are allowed. This should make for some heavy weighs on both days. The winning weight on 10 fish could quite possibly reach 250 pounds.
Fishing begins at 6:30 AM and continues until 3:00 PM each day after launching from a public ramp no earlier than 5:00 AM. All anglers must be in the weigh-in line by 4:00 PM or be disqualified for the day. The public is invited and encouraged to attend the weigh-in festivities to see who claims the Santee Cooper title.
For more information on Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail visit www.kingkatusa.com.
For more information on the Santee Cooper area visit http://www.santeecoopercountry.org.