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Correctionville anglers host first Catfish Marathon of summer

Friday, July 15, 2011

Super stringer - During the recent Correctionville Little Sioux Fishing Club's All-night Catfishing Marathon, the title of top catfish cowboys on the Little Sioux was captured by the team of ace anglers Larry Hanner, Aaron Kollbaum, Arlen Fredricksen and Gary Meister. Their first place stringer of five cats tipped the scales at 26 lb., 7 oz. Photo by Ron Flewelling. For more photos of the Little Sioux Catfish Marathon, see the "July Happenings" Photo Gallery
CORRECTIONVILLE - On July 9, a flurry of frenzied fisherfolk and other avid area anglers sallied forth to the aquatic parameters of the Little Sioux River with their trusty rod and reels in hand to compete nightcrawler-to-nightcrawler and bait can-to-bait can for the bragging rights of top angler on the river.

The event was the Correctionville Little Sioux Fishing Club's first 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 between Cherokee and Smithland.

Those participating, however, could do a mob job 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 any goldfish or guppies brought in as ringers.

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

You know...Like dynamite, spear guns, dragnets and submarines.

Hexes, curses and happy fish dances, however, were both allowed and encouraged.

At the weigh-in, which took place on July 10 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 outing of the Little Sioux Fishing Club's marathon contest, 55 fishermen making up 25 teams signed on to compete in the all-night catfish contest.

When the truth of the tape was tallied, the laurels as top catfish catchers went to the team of Larry Hanner, Arlen Fredricksen, Gary Meister and Aaron Kollbaum whose stringer of five cats topped the scales at 26 lb., 7 oz.

Second place honors went to the team of Brant and Allison Kurtz, Keith Koppenhaver and Rick Flaugh. Their stringer tipped the scales at an admirable 19 lb., 8 oz.

Third place was presented to the two man team of Kellen Ludvigson and Justin Still for their 17 lb., 2 oz. stringer.

Fourth place was taken by solo angler LeRoy Edwards for his five cats that weighed in at 14 lb., 4 oz.

Fifth and final place was earned by the 10 lb., 14 oz. stringer reeled in by the team of Mark Comb and Jerry Beavers.

The first five places received monetary awards of $69, $57, $46, $34 and $23, respectively.

No carp caught by an individual angler was turned in during the weigh-in.

At the conclusion of the weigh-in, it was announced that the next scheduled all-night catfish contest will be take place in mid-August.

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