Cat fishermen from throughout the Midwest are gearing up for the annual Cat Attack tournament set for Sept. 8.
Anglers will blast off from the South Sioux City Boat Ramp at 7 a.m. and return for the weigh-in at 4 p.m.
A guaranteed purse of $2,500 will be awarded to the team which brings in the highest weight of channel, blue or flathead catfish. Second place is guaranteed at $1,500 and third place will get $1,000. These pay outs are based on 75 teams participating. The event will pay all the way down to 10th place, with 11th through 20th places drawing for prizes.
"There's a lot of interest in this tournament," Pat Carter, tournament director said. "We have a lot of boats preregistered and expect teams to sign up all the way to the morning of the event."
Entry fee is $125 per team if they sign up before Sept. 1. After that the fee will be $140. The fee will increase to $150 per team the morning of the tournament. The event will be limited to 75 teams.
Tournament rules and sign-up information can be found at www.thecatattack.com.
In past years, anglers have weighed up to 10 fish per team, but this year that number has been reduced to seven. All fish must be weighed alive and all will be released after the weigh-in.
An additional weigh-in will be held from noon to 1 p.m. for big fish up to that time with a $100 prize. Big fish for the tournament will win $500, with second big fish at $250. Again, these payouts are based on 75 teams.
A 20-inch bike will be awarded to the boy or girl under 12 years of age who comes closest to guessing the weight of the big fish. They must be present at the weigh-in to win. Kids can enter a guess at www.thecatattack.com website. Kids games, prizes, face painting and a bouncy house will be at the weigh-in for kids, and it's all free.
This will be the eighth year of the tournament. The event was canceled last year because of the flooding on the Missouri River.
"I'm expecting the teams to weigh-in a lot of fish this year," Carter said. "Fishing on the Missouri has been very good all summer long.
"The Big Sioux is very low because of the drought, but fishing there has been good as well," he said. "I expect several teams will go up the Big Sioux, low water or not."
The event started in 2004 as a US-CATS Iowa Division II tournament with John Schultz, Ely, Iowa, as the tournament director. US-CATS managed the tournament through 2008.
The first tournament was won by Darrell and Matthew Carter, Elk Point, S.D., with a catch weighing 40.92 pounds from the Missouri River.
The next year Carter, Elk Point, and John Schultz, won with a weight of 29.02 pounds.
The third year Larry Carter of Sioux City and Mike Carter, Hinton, Iowa, won with 37.6 pounds.
In 2007 Darrell and Matthew Carter again won it with 33.6 pounds.
The Carter family was in the winner's circle again in 2008 with Larry and Mike weighing 42.6 pounds.
But that streak was broken in 2009 when Dean and Bruce Stroman took top honors with one fish, a 56.6-pound blue catfish.
In 2010 Travis Carter and Dan Foss weighed 26.40 pounds for first place.
Competitors from Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wyoming, Missouri, Kansas, and South Dakota have fished the event in past years.
For more information, call or text Pat Carter at (712) 281-1841 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or John Schultz at (319) 929-5048.