The little fact that the Little Sioux has been at high ebb the past several weeks didn't deter a convocation of Correctionville catfish cowboys and other sundry anglers from stampeding to the river's swamped-over soggy banks to compete bait can to bait can for top fisherman bragging rights.
As in previous contests, the rules for the tournament were few...All fish must be caught on a rod and reel and 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 catfish showdown, 23 adventurous anglers making up nine teams sallied forth, braving the high tide river conditions, the mind-numbing heat, that good old Iowa humidity and voracious mosquitoes the size of parakeets to compete in the event
There was also a side contest of the largest carp corralled from the depths of the Little Sioux.
When the results were finally tallied, the laurels as top catfish catchers went to the team of Bill Cates and Don Dalton for their stringer that tipped the scales at 22 lb., 15 oz.
Third place was presented to the avid angling team of Lee McNeal and Brayton Winters for their 11 lb., 8 oz. catch.
Fourth place was taken by the team of Greg Meister, Larry Hanner, Aaron Kollbaum and Todd Price for their five cats who weighed in at 11 lb., 1 oz..
The first four places received monetary awards that tallied out to $30, $25, $20 and $15 respectively.
It was also announced that 14 individuals had signed on for the largest carp contest.
Blayton Winters captured the top prize of $12 in this category with his 7 lb., 5 oz. carp.
On a final note, it should be pointed out that the next club-sponsored fishing tournament will be taking place on a weekend late in September.