Another Cats Incredible is in the books, and by all accounts, a good time was had by all. The weather mostly cooperated, river levels were ideal and some very respectable fish were brought to the scales.
Winning the tournament and the top prize of $3,800 was the team of Pat Carter, Elk Point, S.D., and Travis Carter of Fargo, who weighed in their five-fish limit both days for a total weight of 79.02 pounds. The Carters also finished first in 2006 and 2008.
Teams could weigh in five fish daily, only two of which could exceed 24 inches.
The tournament paid cash prizes down to 15th place. Rounding out the top 15 according to the weigh slip calculations posted on the East Grand Forks firefighters’ website were:
Second: Rob Horken and Greg Stennes, East Grand Forks, 77.76 pounds, $2,280.
Third: Aaron Johnson and Nathan Mytych, Grand Forks, 76.82 pounds, $1,520.
Fourth: Darin Lunski and Trever Lunski, Grand Forks, 76.01 pounds, $1,140.
Fifth: John Sonstegard and Buck Nordlof, Baudette, Minn., 72.45 pounds, $760.
Sixth: Dustin and Brandon Lunski, Grand Forks, 71.49 pounds, $532.
Seventh: Curt Helgeson, Crookston, and Ryan Ova, Reynolds, N.D., 71.12 pounds, $494.
Eighth: Brian and Jackson Rud, Grand Forks, 69.09 pounds, $456.
Ninth: Justin Kahl and Troy Weber, East Grand Forks, 68.59 pounds, $418.
10th: Ray Lee, Grand Forks, and Eric Thompson, East Grand Forks, 63 pounds, $380.
11th: Brian and Jaelyn Nelson, East Grand Forks, 62.93 pounds, $327.
12th: William Murray and Jennifer Brendon, East Grand Forks, 60.01 pounds, $304.
13th: Christian Meland, Grand Forks, and Pablo Avendano, Minneapolis, 57.87 pounds, $281.
14th: Jimmy Yowell, Chillichothe, Mo., and Larry Yowell, Kirksville, Mo., 57.77 pounds, $243.
15th: Phillip Jeffrey, East Grand Forks, and Jason (no last name listed), Warren, Minn., 57.27 pounds, $175.
Cats Incredible was open to 125 two-person teams, and 95 teams fished the tournament. Anglers weighed in 570 catfish — 291 on Saturday and 279 on Sunday — for a total weight of 4,002.34 pounds and an average weight of 7.02 pounds per fish. A couple of cats exceeding 20 pounds were brought to the scales Sunday.
By comparison, 111 teams fished last year’s tournament, weighing in 596 fish for a total weight of 4,563.51 pounds and an average weight of 7.63 pounds per fish.
The full listing of tournament teams and their finishes dating back to 2010 are available on the East Grand Forks firefighters’ website at iaff3423.org. Click the Cats Incredible link at the top of the page.