Cook and Ryan Lead King Kat Classic After Day One in Jeffersonville, IN

Some big catfish came in early

Day one of Cabela’s King Kat $110,000 Classic got off with a bang. While catfish anglers were struggling with floating debris in a rising Ohio River the fish were hungry. The anglers launched on Friday morning, September 14, 2018, to begin fishing about first light and continue until 3:00 pm.

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The first boat to weigh had two big fish and decided to come on to the scales. Justin Cook and Gary Ryan took the day one lead with five fish that weighed 169 pounds. That is the heaviest weight of a King Kat tournament all year when the 34-inch rule was in effect. Their weight included Big Kat of the day at 64.9 pounds.

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Scott Cress and Carl Crone continued the big fish bonanza with a total weight of 114.10 pounds to claim the second-place spot on day one in Jeffersonville, IN. Both of these weights were tallied long before fishing hours were over.

The boats continued to come to the scales with big Ohio River blues and flatties. Tom Petroski and Henry Neafus matched the 114.10 weight to tie for second.

Dale Kerns and Greg Edward had their own big fish to offer up. Their day-one bag was good for fourth place at 105.90 pounds.

By the time 51 of the 66 registered boats weighed in the top six were over 100 pounds. The fifth-place spot is also tied at 101.70 pounds. The tied teams are Carl Morris Jr and Rob Parsons, and Casey Tutorow and Andrew Han.

The final day promises to be exciting if the big fish keep coming in. The weigh-in will be held in Jeffersonville in the park at the end of the walking bridge that spans the Ohio River to Louisville. The public is invited to attend, beginning at 3:00 pm.

If you cannot attend the weigh-in will be available as a live feed on the King Kat Facebook page.

For more photos of the days fish, visit the CatfishNow Facebook page.

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