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Catfish tournament winners
Cutline The winning team of Dan Foss, left, Onawa, Iowa, and Travis Carter, Elk Point, S.D., weigh in their eight channel catfish as tournament director Pat Carter, Travis’ father, mans the scale. (Journal photo by Larry Myhre)

Travis Carter, Elk Point, S.D., and Dan Foss, Onawa, Iowa, captured first place in the Seventh Annual First Class Cat Attack Saturday.

Forty-five teams of catfish anglers headed out into a rain-swollen Missouri River from the South Sioux City Public Boat Dock at 7 a.m. for the competition.

A heavy rain the night before, put the Big Sioux River at nearly bank full and foiled many angler’s plan of fishing that stream.

The high water made this the toughest fishing of any of the events, but Carter and Foss brought in eight channel catfish for a total of 26.40 pounds.

The pair took home a check for $1,373.

The 45 teams from six states weighed-in 98 channel cats and eight flatheads for a total of 106 catfish.

Total weight of all fish was 210.30 pounds. No blue catfish were caught this year.

No team weighed a limit of 10 fish. Two teams weighed nine and five teams weighed eight.

Second place went to Shane Jones, Westfield, Iowa, and Adam Conlon, Sioux City, $968, 14.15 pounds.

Third place: Roger Titze and Tron Glaser, Sioux Falls, $653, 13.70 pounds.

Fourth place: Dwayne Huss, Sioux City, and Roger Huss, Amazonia, Mo., $293, 13.05 pounds.

Fifth place: Josh Zahner, Holstein, Iowa, and Ben Cleavland, North Sioux City, $203, 13.05 pounds.

Sixth place: Doug Wagner, Jefferson, S.D., and Wes Whitead, Sioux City, $113, 12.30 pounds

Seventh place: Michael Eck, Elk Point, and Steve Hopkins, $100, 11.20 pounds.

Eighth place: Mike Gordon and Brian Smith, Lawton, $100, 10-pounds.

Ninth place: Bill B. Watts, North Sioux City, and Bill L. Watts, Farmington, Minn., $100, 9.60 pounds.

Big Fish Award went to Roger Titze and Tron Glaser, Sioux Falls, $212 for a 8.60-pound flathead.

Second big fish went to Robert Peterson and Russell Berg, Sioux City, $159 for a 7.30-pound channel cat.

Third big fish went to Brant Kurtz and Travis Deeds, Correctionville, $106 for a 6.45-pound channel cat.

Noon weigh-in winner was Larry Stroman, Moville, and Joel Stodola, Sioux City, $100 for a 6.40-pound channel catfish. They also placed fourth in the big fish division and won $53.

Bike Giveaway winners were Kinslee Walrod, 2, and Cael Walrod, 4.

Total cash payout was $4,533 with merchandise prizes worth $2,000, for or a total of $6,533.

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