Bluebird skies and light winds greeted 54 teams from 13 states for King Kat day one on Santee Cooper. First day leaders Mark and Neal Stanly drifted all day to catch their tournament leading weight of 161.60 pounds. “It was a perfect day for fishing,” said Mark. “We caught em’ in about 25 feet of water added Neal.”
The Chesterfield, SC team mentioned the possibility of higher winds tomorrow, but did not expect to do anything different on day 2.
Holding close to the top are the Gibson, GA team of Jimmy Holbrook and Layla Ledbetter. “We were drifting ledges, deep ledges, most of the day,” revealed Holbrook. “We were using a traditional Santee Cooper drift rig with a cork between the weight and the hook. Prefishing was real tough for us,” said Holbrook. “It was better today. We will go back on day 2 with what worked for us today. Hopefully it will put us on fish tomorrow. We just want to thank the Lord for blessing us today.” Holbrook and Ledbetter brought 5 fish weighing 121.25 pounds to the scales to claim second place.
The third place team is Phillip and Wesley Rollins. The Lancaster, SC team weighed in a total of 106.95 pounds to hold down third place after day 1.
Eric and Marya Jenkins are in the fourth spot after the first day. “We were fishing the ditch,” said Eric. “We fished the edges of the ditch, back and forth all day. We were anchored up using cut bait. We caught our fish with in about a 400-yard stretch. The NE wind, I think, hurt us today. It got up higher than expected and it was colder than expected. I think there will be a better bite tomorrow.”
The top ten is rounded out by Rusty Waters and Jason Wright in fifth place with 83.60 pounds: Ray, Tracy and Easton Waldrop weighed 73.05 for sixth place; Scott Edwards and Jason Knight hold down seventh place with 70.15 pounds; Gary Lee Williams Jr. and Brad Williams are in eight place with 68.15 pounds; Wayne Estes and Alan Kerley hold the ninth place with 63.85 pounds and tenth place is held by Jerry Walker and Kenneth Luttrell with 61.75 pounds.
Fishing begins again at 6:30 AM on Saturday morning February 20, 2016. Anglers can fish until 3:00 PM before heading for the scales and the final weigh-in. All anglers must be in the weigh-in line by 4:00 PM or be disqualified. If the first place weight on day 1 is doubled the final weight for the two-day Super Event could top 300 pounds.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend the weigh-in at John C. Land Landing, 4404 Greenall Road, Summerton, SC during the weigh-ins on Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20.
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.