The mighty Missouri may be a catfish factory, but it was the Big Sioux that yielded the two largest catches during the fifth annual U.S. CATS Iowa District II tournament last weekend.
A total of 37 teams spread out up and down the river on Saturday and brought back the biggest catch ever and the biggest average size of fish ever.
But it was two brothers who motored up the Big Sioux and brought back a limit of 10 fish weighing 42.6 pounds who led the field.
Larry Carter, Sioux City, and Michael Carter, Hinton, Iowa, took home the $1,147 check for first place. It was the second first place win for them.
The $1,000 bounty for knocking a Carter out of first place went uncollected. One of the Carter brothers has won the tournament each year.
Yet, Terry and Trevor Matheny of Sioux City came close. Also fishing the Big Sioux, they captured second place with a catch of 10 channel catfish weighing 39 pounds. Their winnings totaled $814.
In third place, winning $555, was Pat and Travis Carter, Elk Point, S.D. with 10 channel cats weighing 26.4 pounds, breaking the tie for third with a 6-pound big fish over fourth place John Shultz, Jr., and Craig Voelker of Amana, Iowa, who caught nine channels and one flathead and collected $259.
Taking fifth place was Sioux Cityan Larry Myhre and Denny Myhre, Branson, Mo., with nine channel cats and one flathead weighing 26 pounds. They won $185.
Placing sixth was Cork Lemmon, Elk Point, and Dolly Huss, North Sioux City, with three channel cats and one flathead weighing 21.6 pounds. They won $150 donated by First Class Credit Union.
Biggest fish of the tournament was caught by the Lemmon and Huss team. It was a 12 pound flathead. They won $190 plus $100 donated by First Class Credit Union
Second biggest fish was 10.4 pounds caught by Larry and Michael Carter. They won $130 plus $75 donated by First Class Credit Union.
In third place was Keith Claypool and Treff DeRoin, both of Jackson, Neb., with a 9.8 pound fish. They won $50 donated by First Class Credit Union.
In fourth was Terry and Trevor Matheny, Sioux City, with a 9.4 pound fish. They won $25 donated by First Class Credit Union.
The teams left the Sioux City Municipal Boat ramp at 7 a.m. and returned at 4 p.m. for the weigh-in at the ramp.
John Schultz, U.S. CATS Iowa District II director conducted the weigh-in.
A total of 113 fish were weighed for a total of 308 pounds and a 2.72 pound average. In 2007, 91 fish were weighed for 182.6 pounds and an average of 2 pounds. In 2006, 96 fish totaled 235.1 pounds for an average of 2.49 and in 2005 78 fish totaled 190.82 pounds with an average of 2.45 pounds.
This makes the fifth year in a row that the catfishing Carter brothers have captured first place honors. Darrel Carter, Elk Point, S.D., won the first and fourth tournaments. Pat Carter, Elk Point, won the third and Larry and Michael won the second and the fifth.
The $1,000 bounty, consisting of $500 offered by First Class Credit Union, $250 offered by John Shultz and $250 put up by Pat Carter, went uncollected. First Class Credit Union will continue the $500 bonus for next year's tournament.
Scheels All Sports donated a number of door prizes. Fisherman's Bait and Tackle of South Sioux City donated door prizes and grilled hot-dogs for the anglers and crowd at the weigh-in. Ink Spot Printing produced the award certificates and printed flyers to promote the tournament.
Shultz say the Sioux City tournament is the largest U.S. CATS event in the state.
Larry Myhre is outdoors editor of the Journal. Reach him at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (712) 276-5965.