King Kat Tournament Trail Travels to Wheeler Lake at Decatur, AL
Anglers will compete for the Region 1 Championship.
Louisville, KY – May 17, 2021 – Catfish anglers from across the states will travel to the Wheeler Lake at Decatur, AL for the 2021 King Kat Region 1 Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s.
Anglers fishing the June 25-26, 2021 event will be testing their catfishing skills against other anglers and whatever Mother Nature has in store.
King Kat anglers are excited to fish Wheeler Lake for the regional championship because of its reputation as a big fish destination. Additionally, the facilities at Ingalls Harbor are among the best anywhere. The lake is part of the Tennessee River System and is known for producing big tournament catfish. No doubt, many personal best fish will be caught by participating anglers.
Anglers that adapt to changing conditions with appropriate fishing methods are likely to do the best. Wheeler is skipjack county and the bait of choice for the popular lake.
The 2021 Regional Competition is based on four regions with four qualifying events in each region. Each region will have its own championship and points will be tabulated both regionally and nationally. Visit the King Kat website for complete scheduling.
How to Enter
Regional tournament qualifiers can only register by calling the office at 502-384-5924. Registration must be completed by 7 days prior to the event. No online registration is available for regional tournaments.
Participating anglers must be a member of the King Kat Association (KKA). Membership levels are outlined on the King Kat website. Each membership will include a subscription to the King Kat Sportsman, the official publication of the King Kat Association.
Social distancing guidelines will be observed at all events. At the weigh-in, social distancing will be maintained in the weigh-in line and only a few teams at a time will be allowed to be in the line. Other anglers can wait in vehicles and boats. All staff will be wearing facemasks and we encourage all anglers and spectators to do the same.
A seminar to review rules and regulations, and to answer questions will be held at Ingalls Harbor Pavilion, 701 Market St. N. W., Decatur, AL beginning at 7:00 pm.
The Weigh-In Site
The tournament weigh-in will be held at Ingalls Harbor Pavilion, 701 Market St. N. W., Decatur, AL beginning at 3:00 pm and anglers must be in the weigh-in line by 4:00 pm. Social distancing rules will be followed.
This is the perfect opportunity for non-competitors to learn how the big ones are caught. Interviews of the top 5 teams will be conducted following the weigh-in with all social distancing rules applied.
Tournament Host and Lodging Site
Decatur Morgan County Tourism welcomes all King Kat anglers and their guests to the area and invites them to take the opportunity to enjoy the local attractions. For more information on the area visit the website at www.decaturcvb.org.
Host lodging is provided by many local hotels. Mention the King Kat tournament to check rates.
Free Catfish Kids Rodeo –
A FREE Catfish Kids Fishing Rodeo will be held in conjunction with the tournament. Sign up is Saturday morning at Ingalls Harbor Pavilion (Same as weigh-in).
The event is free of charge and open to all youth 12 years old and younger. All participating children must be accompanied by an adult. Sign up is from 8:00 am until 9:00 am with fishing from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. The Fishing Rodeo is a chance for children of the area to get out and enjoy nature, do a little fishing and win some prizes. All participants are eligible for a chance to win one of six $1,000 scholarships presented by Outdoor Promotions. The scholarships are awarded annually at the Cabela’s King Kat Classic.
Outdoor Promotions and participating anglers have contributed $379,000.00 to youth scholarships since 1997. They are very proud to be a part of the education process for the youngsters who participate in the tournaments as adult/youth teams and those who fish in the Outdoor Promotions Kids Fishing Rodeos.
The Classic Championship
This year’s King Kat Classic Championship will be held on the Red River at Natchitoches, LA, November 5-6, 2021. The Classic features a guaranteed payout of $125,000 in cash and prizes.
The first-place team at the Classic will receive a Lowe Boats Catfish Model with 150 HP Mercury Motor equipped with Minn Kota Trolling Motor, Humminbird Fish Finder and Drift Master Rod Holders. The National Points Team will be named at the Classic.
Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail sponsors include Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s, Mercury Marine, Mustad Hooks, Gamma Line, Driftmaster Rod Holders, Ego Nets, EFX Graphics, Catfish Now, Fin n’ Frames, Cat River Anchors, Smooth Move Boat Seats, and Lowe Boats.
For more information on King Kat activities visit their website at www.kingkatusa.com. Anglers can also follow the trail on the King Kat Facebook Page.
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