Page 40 - Outdoor Journal | Winter 2018
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George Young Jr and Austin Pierce Claim Cabela’s King Kat Victory
It was a a a a a a big fish weigh-in on the Mississippi River at Helena AR Catfish anglers from 11 states traveled to to the Mississippi River for a a a a Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail Super Event Twenty-one
teams gathered at at a Helena AR to test their catfishing skills against other other anglers and Mother Nature Helena proved to be a a a a big catfish destination Competitors were vying for $6 000 in in cash and prizes and an an opportunity to qualify for the $110 000 Classic Championship to be be held September 14 and 15 2018 on on the Ohio River at Jeffersonville Indiana The weather was cooler than expected with scattered showers moving through the area both days of the tournament Some anglers reported that the the lightning was so bad they had to to stop fishing and wait out the storms The daytime temperatures were in the mid mid 80’s with varied humidity The Mississippi River current was in the 2-5 mph range depending on on location The catfish anglers overcame the the threatening weather conditions to bring huge weights to the scales Results for the Top Teams
B’n’M pro staffer George Young Jr from Jonesboro AR teamed up with 17-year-old Austin Pierce from Mena AR to to claim top honors at Helena They weighed a a a massive bag of 334 22 pounds in the two-day event on the the Mississippi River They led the the first day’s competition with a a a weight of 189 66 that included the Big Kat at at 53 70 pounds The Arkansas team held their Big Kat lead until the last team to weigh brought a a a 57 02-pound blue to the the scales that beat their 53 70 pounder Their performance earned them $2 800 and the the Driftmaster Rod Holder Bonus 1st Place Winners + Big Kat: Pierce - Young / 334 22 lbs 1st Place Winners + Big Kat: Pierce - Young / DAY 1 1 1st Place Winners + Big Kat: Pierce - Young / DAY 2 

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