Kids outnumber fish at Cabela’s King Kat rodeo

  • Thursday, May 1, 2014

Provided photo The first place team (with a full limit of flatheads on both days) of the Cabela’s King Kat nationwide fishing tournament was Brian Tanner, with son Cole, and Bryon Lavoie. The team had 108.68 pounds and fished on the Waccamaw River.


It was a beautiful Saturday morning for the Kids’ Rodeo portion of the Cabela’s King Kat nationwide fishing tournament.

Open to all children up to age 12, each participant received a tackle pack just for entering. A rod-and-reel combo and a certificate were supposed to be given to the winner, but there was none.

Unfortunately for sole participants, brothers Ethan and Corrin Anderson, the fish were being very uncooperative.

But in true kid fashion, they persevered undaunted, changing lures and rods, and casting after every empty hook with equal enthusiasm. And they did genuinely have fun.

Corrin said his favorite part was trying different rods and lures, and when asked if he had fun, Ethan, being a man of few words, simply said “Yeah.” But he said it with a smile, so it was honest.

However, they didn’t walk away empty-handed.

Aside from their tackle packs and having the opportunity to enjoy the fantastic weather, the boys were each entered into the $1,000 King Kat Scholarship drawing that will be held at the King Kat Classic later this fall. The scholarship has given $322,000 to date.

As for the King Kat Tournament itself, the $4,000 first prize winner of the two-day Super Event was the team of Brian Tanner and Bryon Lavoie with 108.68 pounds.

Mark Lawson and Ralph Wiley took the $2,000 second prize with 82.84 pounds, and James and Dennis Matherly came in third at 80.62 pounds.

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