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Second Catfish Marathon held

Monday, July 28, 2008

Able angler Nick Volkert (left) took first place in the Correctionville Little Sioux Fishing Club's All-Night Catfish Marathon, with a stringer of five cats that weighed in at a whopping 36 lb. He is seen displaying his impressive catch with some help from fellow angler Chad Mitchell. Photo by Ron Flewelling.
On July 19, a bevy of dedicated area anglers grabbed their bait boxes and trusty fishing poles and sallied forth to the aquatic parameters of the Little Sioux River to match wits with the resident catfish population.

The event was the Correctionville Little Sioux Fishing Club's Second All-Night Catfish Catching Marathon of the summer.

As in previous contests, the rules of the contest were few, simple and easy to understand...

All fish must be caught on a rod and reel and taken from the Little Sioux River in the watery expanse between Cherokee and Smithland.

Those participating, however, could gang up on the catfish in a group effort with each convocation of anglers ranging from one person to four team members.

Minimum length on the fish weighed in was 15 inches, effectively eliminating those chubs on steroids you've been grooming in your cattle tank the past few years.

The contest was subject to all Iowa fishing and boating laws, a little detail that negated the use of the more exotic catfish-bagging techniques.

You know...Like dynamite, spear guns, depth charges and submarines.

At the weigh-in, which took place on July 20 at the Little Sioux Park in rural Correctionville, cash prizes were awarded for the five heftiest stringers of five catfish.

There was also a side contest of the largest carp reeled in by an individual angler

For this installment of the Little Sioux Fishing Club's marathon fish-out, an amazing 130 fishermen signed on to compete reel-to-reel in the all-night catfish contest.

When the truth of the tape was tallied, the laurels as top catfish catcher went to ace individual angler Nick Volkert whose stringer of five cats topped the scales at 36 lb.

As a side note of interest, this is believed to be the biggest stringer of cats turned in at a Correctionville Little Sioux Fishing Club marathon.

Second place honors went to the team of experienced fishing hands Chris Hansen, Justin Still, Kellen Ludvigson and Brent Powell.

Their stringer tipped the scales at a admirable 23 lb.., 3 oz.

Third place was presented to the two man team of Matt Coad and Justin Archer for their 22 lb., 2 oz. stringer.

Fourth place was taken by solo angler Chad Volkert for his five cats that weighed in at 22 lb.

Fifth and final place was earned by the 21 lb., 8 oz. stringer reeled in by the team of Darryl Carter and Dick Hinrichsen.

The first five places received monetary awards of $136, $113, $91, $68 and $45 respectively.

It was also announced that 53 individuals had signed on for the largest carp pulled in from the river.

Brandon Burkhart captured the top prize of $37 in this category with his 8 lb., 14 oz. carp catch.

A new rod and reel was also raffled off at the weigh-in.

It was won by lucky angler Lisa Petersen.

The next scheduled all-night catfish contest will be take place around mid-August.

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