Matt Schultz, Mayfield, Ky., center, puts a channel cat in the basket during the weigh-in at the Cat Attack tournament Saturday. Schultz and his teammate Chris Douglas, Clutier, Iowa, won the event with a weight of 34.55 pounds. At left is tournament director Pat Carter.

Larry Myhre, Sioux City Journal

Matt Schultz, Mayfield, Ky., and Chris Douglas, Clutier, Iowa, captured top honors Saturday at the eighth annual Cat Attack tournament on the Missouri River.

Their catch of 34.95 pounds of catfish topped the field of 47 boats and landed the pair a check for $1,650.

Anglers faced cool weather and strong southwest winds during the event. Fishing action was described as slow by most anglers. The tournament paid cash prizes through seventh place with merchandise prizes provided through 20th place.

All fish brought in to be weighed were released back into the river.

A total of 16 flatheads and 98 channel cats brought the total weight to 417.70 pounds. No blue catfish were caught.

Only three teams weighed in a limit of seven fish. Total payout for the event was $5,055.

Big fish and noon weigh-in honors went to brothers Larry Carter, Sioux City, and Mike Carter, Hinton, Iowa, with an 11.25 pound flathead catfish. They received a check for $410. Second place big fish was a 10.9 pound channel cat caught by Travis Carter and Kelsie Paulsen, both of Elk Point, S.D.

The Carter and Paulsen team also captured second place overall with a catch of 26.25 pounds.

Third place went to Keith Horn, Sioux City and James Vanderhelm, Akron, Iowa, with a weight of 24.25 pounds.

Ben Cleveland, North Sioux City, and Josh Zahner, Sioux City, caught 24.10 pounds to capture fourth place.

In fifth place was Kenneth Clark, Sergeant Bluff, and Jerry Buehler, Sioux City with 23.55 pounds.

Steve "Corky" Lemmon, Elk Point, S.D., and John Orr, Burbank, S.D, placed sixxth with 22.85 pounds.

Taking seventh place was Gerald and Kenneth Heibel, both of Sioux City, with 22.55 pounds.

Braeden Orr, 8, South Sioux City, won a 20-inch bike for coming the closest to guessing the weight of the big fish.


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