Catfish Gear #010 — Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail

In addition to the kids fishing the rodeos, youth anglers participating in the tournament are also eligible for yearend scholarships.

In addition to the kids fishing the rodeos, youth anglers participating in the tournament are also eligible for yearend scholarships.

The Catfish Gear column is normally reserved for one of our sponsors that provides anglers with gear of some sort. This month it is dedicated to another Catfish Now sponsor, Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail, because of their dedication to youth fishing.

The kids are often greeted by King Kat, the tournament mascot. It makes a great photo op and gives the kids something special to remember.

The kids are often greeted by King Kat, the tournament mascot. It makes a great photo op and gives the kids something special to remember.

Last year the King Kat trail conducted more than 20 tournaments. Most of them held a Kid’s Rodeo on Saturday morning of the tournament. They make it as simple as they can. Their pre-tournament publicity announces a location where families can show up and register.

The events are free of charge and open to all youth 12 years old and younger when accompanied by an adult. Sign up is from 8:00 am until 9:00 am with fishing from 9:00 am until 11:00 am.

The Fishing Rodeos are a chance for children of the area to get out and enjoy nature, do a little fishing, and win some prizes. Additionally, all participants are eligible for a chance to win one of several $1,000 scholarships presented annually.

In addition to rodeo participation, youth who fish in regularly scheduled trail events are also eligible for scholarships.

There is nothing like a kid with a catfish to produce a smile.

There is nothing like a kid with a catfish to produce a smile.

The scholarships are managed by Outdoor Promotions, a nonprofit organization. Money is raised at the tournaments through raffles supported by King Kat sponsors. Participating anglers have contributed more than $350,000.00 to youth scholarships since 1997.

“We are very proud to be a part of the education process for the youngsters who participate in the tournaments as adult/youth teams and those who fish in the Outdoor Promotions Kids Fishing Rodeos,” said Darrell Van Vactor, operations manager.

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