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Correctionville anglers host first catfish contest of the summer

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Quite a catch - After the Correctionville catfish marathon weigh-in, Brandon Cates had to get some help from his fishing buddies to show off his first place prize- winning 30 lb., 3 oz. stringer of five cats. Photo by Ron Flewelling.
On May 30, a bevy of area anglers blew away the dust that has been accumulating on their fishing gear these past several months and headed on out to once again match wits with the wily catfish of the Little Sioux River.

The occasion of this aquatic outing was the Correctionville Little Sioux Fishing Club's premiere event of the season, an All-Night Catfish-Catching Marathon.

The rules for the tournament were few and simple...All fish must be caught on a rod and reel.

To be eligible, all fish must be at least 15 inches long.

All fish must be taken from the Little Sioux River in the area between Cherokee and Smithland.

The marathon, however, could include a team effort with each team ranging from one person to four team members.

On this installment of the Little Sioux Fishing Club's frenzied fishing fete, 38 teams consisting of 79 individual anglers braved the chilly conditions along the river to compete in the event.

At the weigh-in, which took place on May 31 at the Little Sioux Park in rural Correctionville, cash prizes were awarded for the heftiest stringers of five catfish.

There was also an award for the largest carp pulled in by a solo angler.

When the results were finally tallied, the laurels as top catfish catcher went to solo ace angler Brandon Cates for his stringer that tipped the scales at an impressive 30 lb., 3 oz.

Second place honors went to the team of Mark Morur and Matt Swisher for their 21 lb., 1 oz. stringer.

Third place was presented to the team of LeRoy Edwards and Adam Harrington for their 17 lb., 12 oz. catch.

Fourth place was taken by the team of Wes Burkhart and Joe Flannigan for their five cats who weighed in at 16 lb., 5 oz.

A close Fifth place was earned by the 16 lb., 4 oz. stringer reeled in by the experienced team of Justin Still, Kellen Ludvigsen, Chris Hansen and Brent Powell

The first five places received monetary awards to the tune of $82, $69, $55, $41 and $27 respectively.

It was also announced that 34 individuals had signed on for the largest carp pulled in from the river.

Chance Reusch captured the top prize of $24 in this category with his 8 lb., 6 oz. carp catch.

During the fishing tournament, the Little Sioux Fishing club members sold chances on a brand new Daiwa rod and reel.

When the winner was announced, Laura Nelson emerged as the rod's new owner.

At the contest's end, it was announced that the second club-sponsored all-night catfish marathon of the season will be take place on June 27.

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