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Correctionville anglers host third summer marathon

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Sizing up - The weighing-in duties at the Little Sioux Fishing club's contest fell to club members Bernie Ketelsen and Don Haahr. They also had to make sure that the entries topped the 15 inch limit. Photo by Ron Flewelling.
On Aug. 1, area fishing fanatics once again shouldered their rods and reels and trekked on down to the muddy banks of the Little Sioux River.

The purpose of this mass migration was to garner bragging rights for their angling expertise in the Correctionville Little Sioux Fishing Club's third all-night catfishing marathon of the summer.

On this installment of the Little Sioux Fishing Club's frenzied fishing fete, 44 teams consisting of 105 individual anglers braved the coolish aquatic conditions along the river to compete in the event.

At the weigh-in, which took place on Aug. 2 at the Little Sioux Park in rural Correctionville, cash prizes were awarded for the heftiest stringers of five catfish.

There was also a side contest of the largest carp reeled in.

When the results were finally tallied, the laurels as top catfish hand went to the Todd Hatch for his stringer that tipped the scales at 24 lb., 5 oz.

Second place honors went to cat catchers Chad Mitchell and Nick Ryen for their 19 lb., 15 oz. stringer.

Third place was presented to the experienced catfish wrangler Randy Cates for his 19 lb., 2 oz. catch.

Fourth place was taken by the team of Chris Hanson, Jeff Deeds, Kellen Ludvigson and Justin Still for their five cats who weighed in at 18 lb., 1 oz..

Fifth place was earned by the 16 lb., 7 oz. stringer reeled in by the team of Wes and Brandon Burkhart and Aaron and Corey Dose.

The first five places received monetary awards to the tune of $110, $91, $73, $65 and $36 respectively.

It was also announced that 40 individuals had signed on for the largest carp pulled in from the river.

Stephanie Henkel captured the top prize of $28 in this category with her 4 lb., 12 oz. carp catch.

In addition, a new Shakespeare fishing rod was raffled off at the conclusion of the weigh-in.

It was won by Kay Beeson.

The Little Sioux Fishing Club racked up some pretty impressive numbers this season.

An estimated 105 teams consisting of 245 anglers competed in the three club sponsored catfish marathons this summer.

An additional 45 individuals signed on for the largest carp contests.

The next club event will be their annual awards night which will be taking place next March.

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