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Drifting for Cats on the Missouri River By Gary Howey

  The Blue catfish, one of the largest catfish in North America, and aren’t caught on rod and reel often, but one Midwesterner, from South Dakota has it figured out.

  Pat Carter of Elk Point, South Dakota, director of the Cat Attack tournaments has been catching these elusive Blue catfish on the Missouri River on a regular basis.

  During his Sioux City tournaments, contestants from Kansas and other states had used the drifting or slipping method t tale some big Blues and he had perfected the presentation to be able to cat Blues on most of his trips on the river.

  Team Outdoorsmen Adventures Member Larry Myhre and I had an opportunity to spend some time on the river with him a few weeks ago and the method he uses isn’t what we would call a traditional method for catching catfish.

  Fishing in the current associated with the Missouri River is different from fishing in the smaller rivers catfish are known to haunt. Some anglers anchor above the deeper holes using sliding sinkers with hooks baited with live or cutbait, waiting for the catfish to come to them.

  Not Carter as he drifts for them, keeping his boat at the right angle, allowing his partners and him slowly drift or slip along with the current, keeping their baits running right along the bottom. [Read more…]

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Big blue leads Nebraska team to victory By Larry Myhre

Reprinted from the Sioux City Journal

SOUTH SIOUX CITY |When 47 teams of catfish anglers took to the Missouri River last Saturday it was a big fish that would lead the winning team to victory at the 12th annual Cat Attack tournament.

Competitors blasted off from the South Sioux City boat ramp at 7 a.m. and they regrouped at 4 p.m. to see who had the most pounds of catfish.

It was Dennis and Ronda Iburg, Syracuse, Neb., who took the top honors, boosted by their catch of a 41-pound blue catfish and one channel cat for a 42.95 total weight. They won $1,645 in their second attempt in this tournament.

Dennis said he spotted two fish on his depth finder on top of a ledge so they anchored above them using goldeye for bait.

They just edged out the second-place team of Les Roeber, Emerson, Neb., and Lowell Roeber, Winnebago, Neb., by just a few ounces. The Roebers weighed five fish, four channel cats and one flathead for a total of 42.65 pounds. Their biggest fish was 21.6 pounds. They won $1,115.

Tournament director Pat Carter said the event paid out a total of $5,135 through the top eight places. Ninth through 20th places received merchandise prizes. [Read more…]

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Drifting the Missouri River for catfish makes for a good day By Larry Myhre

Reprinted from the Sioux City Journal.
It was going to be a warm day, but that breeze ruffling the leaves of cottonwoods along the bank of the Missouri River would make it seem a lot cooler.
Pat Carter, of Elk Point, S.D., pushed his boat out into the current of the whispering Missouri and jumped aboard. With the bow pointed upstream he put the hammer down and we were soon on our way.
We had launched at the Sloan, Iowa, boat ramp and our plan was to motor upstream a few miles and begin drift fishing our way back.
Earlier that morning we had stopped at Browns Lake to pick up our bait. After a few throws of the cast net around the dock it was apparent that we would have to launch the boat and pursue the huge schools of newly hatched shad we could see riffling the surface of the quiet water.
It took just one cast. [Read more…]

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Local anglers top Cat Attack field By Larry Myhre

Reprinted from the Sioux City Journal.

While last Saturday’s 11th annual Cat Attack catfish tournament on the Missouri River attracted anglers from nine states, it was a pair of local anglers who came out on top.

Jerry Shackelford, Hornick, and Jason Hackney, Smithland, brought in a total of 57.65 pounds of catfish to top the field of 48 teams.

The catch earned them a check totaling $1,680.

They also weighed the big fish of the day which was a 35.5-pound flathead catfish. That earned them the Big Fish award of $500.

They weighed four fish, one channel cat and three flatheads. Their fish were taken from the Big Sioux River.

Second place was won by Dustin Estochen and Cory Estochen (last year’s winners) and Ron Raynor, Dakota City, Neb.

They weighed 56.1 pounds of fish consisting of three channel cats and two blue cats.

They also took second place Big Fish honors with a 30.05-pound blue catfish, earning a check of $250.

Third place went to the Kansas team of Roger Whetstine Jr., and Cole Whetstine, both of Troy. They weighed in a five-fish limit of 47.15 pounds. They had one channel and four flatheads. [Read more…]