Anglers participating in the Second Annual U.S.-C.A.T.S. Iowa District II catfish tournament in Sioux City had a break from the steaming temperatures of prior days but the catfish bite cooled off a little as well. Most reported the fish biting light and tentatively.
The team of Pat Carter, Jefferson, S.D., and John Shultz, Vinton, Iowa, weighed in a tournament limit of 10 fish for a total of 29.02 pounds and walked off with the $1,025 top prize. Their catch, all channel cat, was topped by a 6.70 pounder.
In second place was Larry Carter, Sioux City, and Mark Carter, Hinton, Iowa with 10 fish for a 24.50 pound total. Their biggest fish weighed 4.18 pounds. Second place paid $770.
Third place went to Cork Lemmon, Elk Point, S.D. and Dolly Huss, Vermillion, S.D., with 23.14 pounds. They also took biggest fish honors with a 12.98 pound flathead. Third place paid $510 and the big fish paid $300.
In fourth place was Matt Shultz, Vinton, Iowa and Chris Douglas, Van Horne, Iowa with three fish for 16.40 pounds. Their biggest fish weighed 10.10 pounds. They won $255.
A total of 78 catfish, 11 flatheads and 67 channel cats were weighed for a total of 190.82 pounds for an average of 2.45 pounds, reported John Shultz, Iowa District II president reported.
Thirty-two teams with 63 participants representing five states entered the tournament.
"We doubled the teams from last year and made this the largest tournament of the Iowa District," Shultz, Ely, Iowa, said.
For Larry Carter, it was the second year in a row that he captured second place and both years it was a brother that topped him. Last year's event was won by Darrell Carter, Jefferson, with 40.92 pounds and this year Pat Carter topped the field. Last year Pat placed third.
Last year's big fish was a 10.66-pound blue catfish. No blues were weighed in this year.
"I have never enjoyed a tournament as much as I did this one," Schultz said. "It is so nice to work with people who are so excited to have this tournament. A special thanks should go to Darrell and Pat Carter for their many hours and miles of putting up flyers and to their sister Sandy for helping with the weigh-in and taking pictures."
Prizes were donated by Scheels All Sports and Dick's Bait and Tackle. The INK SPOT donated award certificates for the top 15 teams.
The teams blasted off from the Sioux City Municipal Boat Ramp on the Missouri River at 7 a.m. Saturday, July 30. Weigh-in was at 4 p.m. at the ramp.