Lake Wylie – February 2nd, 2019
The Southeastern Catfish Club hosted its 6th tournament of the 2018-2019 season on Lake Wylie Saturday, February 2nd, and it was another RECORD BREAKING turnout! It was our 3rd time back to Lake Wylie this year, and we smashed the previous record with a total of 66 teams and 156 anglers eager to compete for their share of the $6,730 purse!
As like many parts of the country, our region faced a week of frigid temps. Forecasts for Saturday called for a cold morning start, but it would give way to sunny skies and beautiful weather with temparatures reaching the low 60s. Teams that were able to prefish throughout the week reported a sporadiac bite with fishing being scattered throughout the lake. In the end, lots of quality fish were brought to the scales, but tournament vets Evan Martin and Larry Godwin of Team Let Em Pull brought home the win with a 74.46lb stringer and collected a massive payday of $3,320! The also won $100 bonus from Jamie K Outdoors for buying bait bringing their grand total to $3,420!
Less than a 2 tenths of a pound away, tournament trail vets Gene Gaston and Jonathan Burnet of Team Rod Down finished in 2nd place with a 74.30 stringer and collected an impressive $1,680 payday. Just a couple pounds behind in 3rd place were Jacob Williams and Lee Cowen of Team Bluehead with a 72.60lb stringer giving them a $560 payday. They also had Big Fish of the tournament with a monster 64.40lb blue and collected another $820 bringing their total earnings to an impressive $1,380. Their big blue put them in the lead in the Big Fish of the year race!
Mac Moneta and Lance Wolfe of Team Lucky Strike had 2nd Big Fish of the Tournament with a bruiser 41.75 blue and collected $340.
Congratulations to Evan Martin and Larry Godwin of Team Let Em Pull for their 1st win of the season! The Season’s Points Race is getting tight coming down the home stretch, so the last few tournaments are going to get interesting for the teams at top!
The club is certainly growing by the record number of teams coming out to join the fun, but we should feel most proud of the camaraderie that runs deep through our members. A new tradition continued this month where the winners from the previous tournament gave away a portion of their earnings today. Some have chosen to reward the smallest stringer or the 4th place team. Husband-wife duo Ashley and Jennifer Campbell of Team Rip Lipp, who finished 2nd in last month’s tournament, rewarded $60 to the Team Fishing Fanatic for their 2nd to last place finish. We appreciate you guys for keeping the tradition alive!
Finally, we would like to give a special Thank You to our sponsors that continually show their support to our club! They make the tournament experience that much more exciting for our members. Jamie Williams with Jamie K Outdoors gave away a $50 gift certificate to Team Sparky for the random draw award. Jamie chose the 15th team that registered, and Ron Carden was at the right place at the right time. Jamie also gave away another $50 gift card to Team Fishing Fanatic for having the smallest 2-fish stringer. The fellas at Lyt “N” Bugg, in quirky fashion, picked the 20th placed team from the bottom to award $50 cash. Team Buchanan won the honors. It’s getting very interesting on what and how you can win, so be sure to stick around even though your team had a tough day!
As we announced leading up to the tournament, we had two national sponsors come onboard giving teams a chance to win additional bonus money and prizes. SeaArk paid a whopping $500 to the top finishing SeaArk, and Benji Brown and Lindsey Patterson of Team Polekat won the honors with their 39.65lb stringer. Suzuki gave away an maintenance kit to the top finishing team that’s powered by a Suzuki outboard. Father-son duo Gary Morton Jr. and Gary Morton Sr. won the incredible package!
We look forward to seeing everyone next month on Fishing Creek for another day of competive fishing and fellowship!
Brian Snipes and Josh Coggins
|Place||Team||Members||Total Weight||Big Fish||Tournament Points|
|1||Team Let Em Pull||Evan Martin, Larry Godwin||74.46||38.15||30|
|2||Team Rod Down||Gene Gaston, Jonathan Brunet, Allison Brunet, Jennifer Gaston||74.30||41.45||28|
|3||Team Bluehead||Jacob Williams, Frank Wilson, Lee Cowan||72.60||64.40||26|
|4||Team Good Times||Gary Morton Jr., Gary Morton Sr.||61.25||32.85||24|
|5||Team Lucky Strike||Mac Moneta, Lance Wolfe||58.00||41.75||22|
|6||Team Keepin’ It Reel||Richard Warskow, Mark Turner||57.55||34.25||20|
|7||Team Carolina Blues||Joshua Coggins, Jimmy Holbrook, Tim Coggins||56.10||30.55||19|
|8||Team 2nd String||Steve Whitley, Shane Owenby, Tyler Painter||54.90||28.25||18|
|9||Team Heavy Cats||Randy Smith, Ned Davis||52.70||29.50||17|
|10||Team Cat Snatch Fever||Phil Rollings, Wesley Rollings, Michael Thomas, Scoot Edwards||50.35||25.15||16|
|11||Team All Slimed Up||Joseph Spittle, Paige Spittle, Christopher Helms||50.05||36.20||15|
|12||Team Reelin’ the Blues||Jeff Manning, Michael Paciocco||49.90||28.25||14|
|13||Team Trophy Hunter||John Terry, Andy Hensley||49.70||29.05||13|
|14||Team Knot Workin’||Andy Pitts, Rylan Debruhl, Chris Debruhl, Tripp Cobb||48.45||29.60||12|
|15||Team Tightline||Brian Snipes, Bubba Branch, Mason Brakefield||48.40||32.50||11|
|16||Team Carolina Catfish||Jason Robertson, Edwin Robertson, Brian Crotts||48.15||23.80||10|
|17||Team Mountain Men||Randy Mullins, Matthew Connor||47.55||26.80||9|
|18||Team Jamie K Outdoors||Clay Henderson, Jason Henderson, Jason Wolfe||46.95||23.60||8|
|19||Team Madcatters||Robert Blocker, Jacob Blocker||46.75||23.95||7|
|20||Team Cat Nap’n||Shane Morris, Tim Morris, Josh Reister||43.55||21.50||6|
|21||Team Rod Bender||Jeff Smith, Jamey Hargett, Ryan Smith||41.85||27.15||5|
|22||Team Whisker Stickers||Kevin Love, Dennis Dulin, Patrick Isenhour, David Whitlock||41.85||20.50||5|
|23||Team KHT||Kevin Huynh, John Anderson, Keith McClean||41.30||29.65||5|
|24||Team Ain’t Got A Clue||Brandon Whitley, Tyler Painter||39.70||30.30||5|
|25||Team Polekat||Benji Brown, Riley Brown, Lindsey Patterson||39.65||19.25||5|
|26||Team Lyt “N” Bugg||Ken Kennamer, Mike Holcomb, Tracy Bingham||38.90||38.90||5|
|27||Team Katfish Mafia||Chris Lunsford, Christopher Lunsford||37.95||25.65||5|
|28||Team Stumpgrinder||Dale Sturgis, Nancy Sturgis||37.70||22.10||5|
|29||Team Waxhaw Hookers||Eric Hinson, Joey Osborne, Terry Osborne, David Osborne||36.35||26.55||5|
|30||Team Rip Lipp||Ashley Campbell, Jennifer Campbell||36.10||18.70||5|
|31||Team Buchcanan||Aaron Buchanan, Matt Hall||35.35||22.00||5|
|32||Team Mr. Whiskers||John Faust, Laurie Faust, Cody Faust, Benny Mentesana||34.45||16.90||5|
|33||Team Slime 1970||Charles Farmer, Jamie Deese||32.80||18.40||5|
|34||Team Cat Baby||Ken Frost, Bill Sutton||32.25||16.30||5|
|35||Team Whisker Gitters||Sam Williams III, Amy Williams, Sam Williams IV||29.90||16.10||5|
|36||Team Chasing Whiskers||Kyle Hefner, Caitlin Propheter, Larry Hefner||28.70||15.65||5|
|37||Team Whiskers||Shane Queen, Quentin Queen, Toby Griffin, Ric Helms||28.40||15.95||5|
|38||Team Backland Outdoors||Blake Williams, Jamie Williams, Gerald Beck||26.75||12.20||5|
|39||Team Hard At It||Anthony Williams, Josh Christopher, Cameron Christopher, Layne Christopher||26.50||13.35||5|
|40||Team All For One Outdoors||Michael Anderson, Samuel Edwards, John Phillips||26.00||17.80||5|
|41||Team In God We Trust||David Faulkenberry, Reece Holley||25.70||11.35||5|
|42||Team Fish Bite Rod Holders||Alan Long, Lynn Long, Jeremy Callicut, Joseph Douglas||24.70||24.70||5|
|43||Team Bird||Will Bird, Jeff Bird, Will Bird Jr.||24.60||13.35||5|
|44||Team Drifting Stix||David Henderson, Landin Loftin, Timmy Patterson||24.50||12.40||5|
|45||Team 2 Deep||Donald Kirkley, Rick Kirkley, Russ Robinson, Tony Vick||23.30||23.30||5|
|46||Team Catnip||Shane Lee, Doug Vick, Kyle Smith||23.30||12.70||5|
|47||Team SC Slime Time||Anthony Dallas, Tony Dallas, Josh Tucker||22.55||20.10||5|
|48||Team DMT||David Catoe, Mike Rape, Tony Canthen||20.15||9.80||5|
|49||Team Flat Channel Blues||Justin Allen, Matt Allen, Charles Allen, Barbara Allen||19.95||13.30||5|
|50||Team Fishing Fanatic||Jeff Hartness, Ralph Hartness||8.95||6.10||5|
|51||Team Fat Cat||Zach Taylor, Joni Bailey, Matthew Anthony, Fowler||8.85||8.85||5|
The remaining teams did not weigh-in.
The remaining teams did not weigh-in.