August 2016 Update

1 month remains for the 2016 King of the Cats Contest. August started off pretty slow, but started to pick up nicely towards the end. The entries really fall off in August due to the fact that it takes such larger fish to upgrade what you have already caught earlier in the year, but the nice thing about that is I can usually expect a pretty big fish when I see an entry was made! We also had another successful Whisker Run contest on Pool 3 of the Mississippi River. A lot of nice fish and good times as always. I have been seeing a lot of really nice fish caught lately and I’m hoping to see some movement in the leaderboards for September before we crown all the KOTC winners for 2016. Don’t forget, there will be a winner of a TomCat Custom catfish rod in each category! Good luck to everyone in the final weeks I hope to see a few big fish before the end of the Month. Here are some pictures from August.

 

 

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July 2016 Update

As predicted, July brought a typical slowdown in the entry dept here at KOTC. Still lot of great fish caught and some very nice upgrades with some movement in the top 5 for each specie. Now that we are post spawn and rolling into August I expect some more great fish to be caught! Thanks for all the entries and congrats on the big fish caught in July. Get on out there and wet a line, still lots of time to put some points on the board. Good Luck and be sure to check out the current leaderboards and like and follow us on Facebook for up to date entries, contests, and general info. Here are the pics from July.

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June 2016 update. Flatapalooza!

June 2016 will go down as one of the greatest months in King of the Cats history! Big fish after big fish after big fish was entered and just when I thought the leaderboard was pretty stable, BOOM another big fish would shake things up. Congrats to everyone on all the great catches in June. We are now at 57 flats 40″ or bigger and 16 45″ or bigger. WOW I would suggest taking a moment to check out the full leaderboard to see where everyone currently stands. Those top 5 green scores are super impressive! The only question remains is who is going to be able to upgrade these big fish? Historically things slow down quite a bit in July around here, but I do expect to see more nice fish. Have a great July and see ya back here in a month. As always, be sure to check out the King of the Cats facebook page and give it a like and follow to see up to date entries, live streams, and giveaways. Now check out these pics!!!!

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May Mayhem

Wow, what a May it’s been!  Some very nice fish caught this month.   I know May isn’t quite over yet, but with the long weekend coming up and many anticipated entries I thought it would be a good time to do an update.   May 2016 has been sort of an odd month.  We have had pretty good weather and river conditions.   In the Flathead category, Steve D is holding 1st  and already at a crazy 212 pts, but even crazier than that is the fact that those are the only 3 fish he has caught all year long, meanwhile John K who is in third place hit 200pts faster than any other contestant in the 8 years we have been doing this and is having many multiple fish nights and is probably close to 40 or 50 fish boated already, yet he never broke 200pts the entire year last year. Right behind John is Josh M who is also already over 200pts and having a great year as well.   We’ve already seen (3) 50lb class fish (Josh M, Steve D, and Larry H).  Over on the Channel Cat side Jesse K has already put up a point total greater than last year’s winner!  177pts and it’s not even June yet.  177pts would currently be enough to be in the green on the Flathead board @ 5th place. Congrats on the great catches Jesse!    Right on Jesse’s tail though is Wayne O and Billy B, also with some great catches up on the board!    Good luck to everyone in June and I’m really looking forward to seeing a lot of you at the Whisker Run contest in a couple of weeks.   As always be sure to check the King of the Cats Facebook page for up to the minute updates, announcements, live videos and giveaways.   If you would like to receive FB notifications, you will want to hit the Like and Follow button on the KOTC page.   Have a great and safe Memorial Weekend!

 

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April 2016 Update

Hey everyone!  Here is your April update.   As with the past years, April was a roller coaster dictated mostly by Mother Nature.   When she gave us favorable conditions with some sun, fish were being caught, and when things cooled down and the water came up, it seemed to shut it down for a bit.  Still lots of great fish caught in April!  Congrats to Andrew, Blaze, Brad, Isaak, Jake, John, and Josh for ending the month in the green.   I’m looking forward to a great May and can’t wait to see all your entries.  Good luck to everyone and be sure to like and follow us on Facebook for up to date entries, important information and big fish catches!   Also I got word from a few companies such as Team Catfish, Frabill, and Tomcat Custom Rods about some great prize donations headed my way.  Hopefully I’ll have some fun stuff to give away, but just remember you can’t win if you don’t play, so get those entries in and join the fun.  :)

 

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Warm weather, let’s roll!

As in past years, when we get a warm stretch here in MN I like to get things started early. Flatheads will still be held off until April 1st, but the Channel division is now open and ready for submissions!   Here is your first entry of the year. Brad D with a nice fatty. 29 x 18.5

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Here are your 2015 King of the Cats!!

Before I announce the winners I just want to take a moment to thank everyone for participating this year.  I have a lot of fun running this contest and all of your enthusiasm and time on the water makes us all better Cat fishermen in the end!  Also please keep in mind, we are the people ultimately responsible for our resource, I encourage everyone to lead by example and spread the word about the benefits of catch and release/selective harvest so that we can be having this same discussion about the winners of KOTC 2040 someday!

 

With that said, here are a few stats from this year.  These stats can always be found on the KOTC website under the “Stats and Fun Facts” tab/link.  We had 11 Flatheads 45” or bigger entered this year which is a significant increase from last year’s 3.  We had 48 Channels over 32” entered this year which was down just slightly from 52 last year.  Average score to win Flatheads this year was 221.8pts and for Channels 172.8.  3 people were added to the KOTC Hall of Fame, which is the Top 5 scores of all time (Billy B, Wayne O and Steve D) and we had the biggest Channel ever entered which was also a New MN Catch and Release record (Wayne O)!  Last but not least,  5 first time winners will be added to the King of the Cats Club (Wayne O, Jeremy D, Justin S, Rob B, and Nik Z)

 

And that’s a wrap for 2015!  Again, I tip my cap to all of you and I hope you have a great off season.  I’m already looking forward to 2016 and I hope to see you all back next year.   Until then, congrats again to you all, tight lines and wet nets to all of you!

 

Here are your winners for the Flathead Division.

 

With 227.5pts  Steve DeMars

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With 223pts  Justin Severin

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With 222.5pts Rob Bethke

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With 219pts Nik Zewers

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With 217pts Jakob Hals

 

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Here are your winners for the Channel Cat Division

 

With 176.5pts  Wayne Olson

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With 176.5 pts Billy Brazier

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With 171 pts Jeremy Doss

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With 170pts Jakob Hals

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With 170pts Tom VanKley

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We had a runaway winner for the King of the Kitties division this year.  It was Damon Doss with 163.5pts.

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And finally, our Overall Ultimate Premier Superior Grand Master Champion this year was Jakob Hals with 387 total points!

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August 2015 Update

1 month left to go!  August was a great month with lots of movement in the leaderboard.  Not as many fish entered as July, but there were lots of big ones.  We also had another successful Whisker Run in August, that was a Blast!

It all comes down to this last month.  September is usually a good month for some big fish, especially BIG Channels.  It will be interesting to see who is able to sneak in a couple more upgrades before the end of the month. Good luck to everyone and once again thanks for your participation I can’t wait to see how 2015 ends.  Here are some pics from August:

 

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July 2015 Update

Well even though we dealt with spawning cats in July,  the fish submissions kept rolling in all month long.  July was a great month!  Lots of movement in the leaderboard with folks moving in and out of the green.   So far this has been one of the best years ever for KOTC with some very impressive scores and we already have 2 Hall of Fame totals with Wayne O and Steve D (t0p 5 scores of all time).  I cannot wait to see what August will bring!  I also look forward to the Whisker Run post spawn event on 8/15.   Take a look at some of the great fish caught this past month!  Way to go everyone.  Keep em coming.

 

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June 2015 Update

Well as always, June has been a CRAZY month here at KOTC!  The leaderboard has been constantly changing and the month has been dominated by big flatheads.  As we move into the spawn period here in the upper midwest, I like to think of it as the halfway point.  We had another successful Whisker Run on Pool 2 of the Mississippi on June 13th.  Here is a quick recap video that I put together with the help of some nice pics from Alex Anderson and Jakob Hals.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBxThaasNlY    Whisker Run 2 is scheduled for 8/15 and is already sold out.

Currently we are sitting at 48 channel cats 32″ or bigger (8 over 36″) and 43 Flatheads 40″ or bigger (3 over 45″).  Biggest Channel so far is 38 x 24 and the biggest Flat is 48 x 32.5 .

Be sure to check out the leaderboard for all the latest standings and follow along on our Facebook page for live updates as I get entries.

Congrats to everyone on the very nice fish in June and I hope you all have just as much success in July!   Now, enjoy some of the great pics from June!

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