The Bass Pro Shops, Big Cat Quest Championship returned to the Mississippi River last week. Memphis rolled out the red carpet; Mother Nature threw a few curve balls. Anglers that changed up their game took home the checks.
The mighty Mississippi rose last spring and moved trees downstream. Many fishing holes had silted in. Hot spots that anglers fished last year were simply gone. Three fronts also made their way through Memphis that week. Fish would turn on, and abruptly stop. Sixty of the nation’s best anglers scrambled to find fish and fish that would bite.
Bill Dance joined the third place team of Jeff Dodd and Chris Stout. They drifted chunks of skipjack on circle hooks all day. Dance also bagged the top senior angler award.
Brothers Daryl and Jason Masingale snagged a close second place using skipjack rigged on Team Catfish hooks. Daryl took big fish honors with a 65.30-pound cat.
Phil King and Tim Haney finished first with 247.35-pounds. King said he loved competing against the river’s changes and the country’s best anglers. The team depends on their Humminbird depth finder for finding structure that catfish call home. King said they missed only two fish during the tournament with their Daiichi hooks.
Christy Crutcher bagged the top lady angler awards with over 75-pounds. Top youth angler went to Josh Raines. The team bagged a total of 134.15-pounds.
Team Fountain won the national point’s race. David Hagel won big fish honors on media day with Jeff Dodd. Kudos goes to the Memphis Bass Pro location for hosting the registration day event. You can visit the Big Cat Quest website for more info.
Big Cat Quest founder, Ken Freeman and his team did a wonderful job. Anglers enjoyed some great fellowship and serious competition.
Located under the I-40 Bridge, Mud Island served as tournament headquarters. The park features boat ramps, the river walk tour, a massive museum, and much more. Many folks think of Elvis when they think of Memphis….we think of Mud Island first.