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2023-2024 Southeastern Catfish Tournament Trail
The Southeastern Catfish Club would like to announce the 2023-2024 tournament schedule. There are many exciting changes to our trail this year including new partnerships with local charities, a first-time-ever statewide tournament, and associations with regional Super Events! Read the details below, and we appreciate everyone’s support!
Be sure to check us out on Facebook! Feel free to contact Brian and Josh at the numbers below in the meantime with any questions.
Brian Snipes: 803-487-6673
Josh Coggins: 980-585-9020
6:30am – 3:00pm Lake Wateree – Lake Wateree State Park
November 17th & 18th
Super Event – Southeast Big Money Showdown
December 2nd: Angel Tree Charity Event
6:30am – 3:00pm Lake Wylie – Buster Boyd Bridge Access
6:30am – 3:00pm “Mystery Tournament”
February 3rd: Great Falls Shriner’s Club Charity Event
6:30am – 3:00pm All Public South Carolina Waters
March 15th & 16th
Super Event – Santee Big Cat Brawl
6:30am – 3:00pm Lake Wateree – Molly’s Creek Landing
6:30am – 3:00pm Fishing Creek Reservoir – Hwy. 21 Access
|October 7th||6:30am – 3:00pm||Lake Wateree – Lake Wateree State Park|
|November 17th-18th||Super Event||Southeast Big Money Showdown – Lake Wylie|
|December 2nd||6:30am – 3:00pm||Angel Tree Charity Event Lake Wylie – Buster Boyd Bridge Access|
|January 6th||6:30am – 3:00pm||Mystery Tournament|
|February 3rd||6:30am – 3:00pm||Great Falls Shriner’s Club Charity Event -All Public South Carolina Waters|
|March 15th & 16th||Super Event||Big Cat Brawl – Santee Cooper|
|April 6th||6:30am – 3:00pm||Lake Wateree – Molly’s Creek Landing|
|May 4th||6:30am – 3:00pm||Fishing Creek Reservoir – Hwy. 21 Access|
Angel Tree Charity Tournament
The Southeastern Catfish Club has been associated with various charity organizations since our inception. During the pandemic, it was unfortunate that we were not able to maintain these relationships, but we are getting back to our roots and reestablishing our commitments to our local communities this season!
Our December tournament on Lake Wylie will be associated with the Charlotte Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program!
Our club is pledging to support 50 families minimum from the Angel Tree. As we get closer to November 1st, we except this number to grow and maximize this opportunity to support as many families as we can.
How does it work?
The club directors will collect the Angel Tree tags from each individual child placed on Salvation Army Angel Trees by November 4th and allocate them to 50 teams participating in our December tournament. Teams will drop-off the collection of gifts to the December tournament registration or at the weigh-in.
More information will be shared as we get closer to the event!
Great Falls Shriner's Club Charity Tournament
Continuing with our commitments to our local communities this season, we are partnerning with the Great Falls Shrine Club during our February 2024 tournament.
Here’s the twist! For the first-time in competitve catfishing, teams will be allowed to fish any public fresh water fisheries in South Carolina accessible by boat governed by the SC DNR. More information will be shared prior to the beginning of the 2023-2024 season as we work through the details.
Our Charitable Commitment
In the partnership with the Great Falls Shrine Club, we will raise money through raffles and plated dinners sold at the weigh-in. All charitable proceeds raised will go directly to their organization. More info to come.
Where is the weigh-in?
The tournament weigh-in will be held in Great Falls at the Shrine Club. Logistical plans are currently underway and will be updated here as well as on our Facebook page.
What’s the fish limit?
This tournament will be a 2-fish weigh-in. We specifically selected February to host this tournament in order to maintain our commitment to C.P.R. and the health of fish transported from great distances. It’s important teams comply with our livewell rules ensuring it’s equiped with proper functional components to keep fish alive.
Where can teams fish?
Teams are allowed to fish any fresh water fisheries in South Carolina and must compete by boat. No bank fishing is allowed. Reference this website https://www.dnr.sc.gov/lakes/access.html and filter by the following options:
1. County: All
2. Water Body > Water Type: Freshwater
3. Fishing Access Sites: Boat Ramp
Stay tuned for more details!
Regional Super Events
Competitive catfishing has grown signaficantly over the last 5 years with multiple tournaments occuring every weekend in our region, and since our inception, we’ve hosted our tournaments on the first Saturday of the month. Our club members usually compete in the annual Super Event tournaments in our region and understand that it’s becoming more difficult to participate in different events or trails even though our competitive spirits push us to fish them all.
While working with various tournment directors and planning the 2023-2024 season, we’re excited to annouce partnerships with the Southeast Big Money Showdown and the Santee Big Cat Brawl tournaments! These tournaments are well-established in our region and will be considered Super Events for our tournament trail! Read through the details below and will continue to communicate updates through our Facebook page.
How do registration, entry fees, launch procedures, and payouts work?
Registration, entry fees, launch procedures, and payouts will follow the guidelines set by the tournament directors of the event.
Do I need to pay a membership?
No. You are only required to pay a Southeastern Catfish Club membership if you want to join. By joining, your team will score points toward the season’s points race.
If you’re a registered member of the American Catfishing Association, you will also score points following our ACA scoring rules.
Can I fish a Super Event without having a Southeastern Catfish Club membership?
Yes. Club membership is not required to fish a Super Event. Your team will simply not score points towards the season’s points race.
How are points allocated?
In order to score points during Super Events, the following must occur:
1. At least one angler on your team must be club member when registering.
2. You must register under the same team name from a previous Southeastern Catfish Club tournament in the same season.
3. Points scored will be determined by your overall finishing position, not your position based on club members, and will be calculated from our points race scale. For example, if a club member’s team finishes 3rd and the 1st and 2nd place teams are non-members, you will be allocated 96 points.
What is there’s a conflict in the rules between the club and the Super Event?
Rules may differ between our club and the Super Event. In any such case, our club will default to the Super Events rules. For example, the Super Event only allows 8 rods in use, and our tournaments allow 10. In this case, you are allowed to use 8.
The January tournament will be a “Mystery Tournament” and will be randomly drawn from a hat by Josh due to the need to submit Marine Event permits with the SC DNR. Tournaments will be limited to Lake Wylie, Fishing Creek, and Lake Wateree. No one else, including Brian or commitee members, will know. Mystery tournaments will be announced the day before the tournament, Friday at 12pm ET.