Breckenridge woman wins Drayton catfish tourney

Jessica Andel of Breckenridge, Minn., landed a 20.7-pound catfish to capture first place and the top prize of $1,600 Saturday at the Rod & Reel Rally Catfishing Tournament on the Red River in Drayton, N.D.

Jessica Andel (left) of Breckenridge, Minn., landed this 20.7-pound catfish Saturday to win the Rod and Reel Rally Catfishing Tournament on the Red River in Drayton, N.D. Holding the fish is Andrea Knutson of Red River Resort in Drayton.

A total of 112 anglers in 40 boats fished the tournament, weighing in 53 catfish.

Rounding out the top 10 whoppers were:

Second:  Jake Toward, Fargo, 17.3 pounds, $750.
Third: Michael Kostrzewski, Crookston, 16.5 pounds, $400.
Fourth: Rick Lillie, Forest City, Iowa, 15.6 pounds, $250.
Fifth: Roger Anderson, Halma, Minn., 15.55 pounds,   $175.
Sixth: Ryan Krueger, Barrows, Minn., 15.5 pounds, $125.
Seventh: Brad Andel, Breckenridge, Minn., 15 pounds, $125.
Eighth: Matt Klocke, Fargo, 14.7 pounds, $125.
Ninth: Brian Rud, Stephen, Minn., 14.5 pounds, $125.
Tenth: Randy Schuster, Drayton, 14.5 pounds, $100.

In the Slot Fish category, Greg Winskowski of Stephen landed a 5.6-pound cat that was worth $200, and Mya Ganssle of Grand Forks finished second in the category with a 5.2-pound catfish to win $100.

Taking the “Weenie” prize for smallest fish was Colin Schuster of Drayton, with a 6-inch “kitty” that won him $90.

 

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