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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…]