It’s been quite a week for our teams and some congratulations are in order. We owe a big congrats to Judy Wong on her second, WBT Championship! Wong fished a combination of Senkos and a crankbait to win the rigged Triton boat and $5,000 cash.
XPoint pro, Monica Altman finished first in the co-angler division as well. Altman took home a Triton-Mercury rig and $3,250 in cash for her efforts.
Peyton Bertarelli won the regional BASS Junior Angler fish off and moves on to the finals. Way to go bud!
I had the pleasure of working the Big Cat Quest Championship this weekend in Memphis. The mighty Mississippi offered up some tough conditions this year with extra muddy waters that were up, about 12-feet. I heard of several anglers that either broke a prop or dodged a floating tree. One team was thrown from their boat when they hit a submerged island. This is what I call “full contact, tactical fishing”!
But the Daiichi team of Phil King and Tim Haynie were up to the challenge. They won the event with 234.75 pounds with nine fish.
Instead of anchoring; they drift fished as they hammered their targets with Daiichi 7/0, Circle Chunk Light hooks during the day. They did anchor the last hour of competition to rest a little and stow the gear for the ride back. Haynie had delayed major surgery by a week to fish this event and appreciated the short respite. We’re darn proud of these guys.
King and Haynie towed home an Oquawka boat and trailer, depth sounder, two $500 Bass Pro Shop gift certificates and $2000 cash. That’s $20,000 in cash and prizes! (The bronzed Catfish trophies were pretty sweet too.)
Speaking of money. This team has won over $120,000 in Catfish tournaments making them the highest paid Catfish anglers and they put their money on our Daiichi hooks. We’re blessed to have such good anglers on our team.
Ken Freeman’s Big Cat Quest Championship was a well run event. Freeman and his team even cooked an awesome USA Farm-Raised Catfish dinner with all the fixings after the first day of fishing. No wonder so many anglers are fishing his events. His efforts have also drawn some big sponsors like Bass Pro Shops, Toyota Trucks and Coca-Cola to name a few.
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