Mississippi River Monsters and Monsters on the Ohio have one very common element. Monster catfish! The sport of catfishing is growing and big tournaments are part of it. Two recent tournaments, one in Memphis, TN on the Mississippi River and one in Owensboro, KY, on the Ohio River, are testaments to the sports growing popularity.
On Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 the catfish community witnessed the inaugural Mississippi River Monsters catfish tournament. Organizer George Young Jr. and his tournament volunteers intend it to be the first of many tournaments to shine a light on the great fishing out of Memphis and catfishing in general. The event brought 184 teams and more than 400 anglers to Memphis to chase whiskered critters.
Congratulations to George Young Jr. and his staff at Mississippi River Monsters. Young reports that registration is open for the next event on Sept. 16, 2017. Congrats also to the Masingale brothers, Jason and Daryl for winning it in 2016. Read more http://www.catfishnow.com/masingale-brothers-win-mississippi-river-monsters-tournament/ )
A few hundred miles away, on Oct. 8, 2016, Aaron Wheatley was staging his seventh Monsters on the Ohio event. A record setting 192 boats registered for the catfish affair. Monsters on the Ohio began in 2010 with a few avid catfish anglers and has grown each year since to the 192 boats in 2016. The beautiful setting at English Park in Owensboro, KY attracts a big crowd to welcome the anglers to the scales and angler after angler claim the tournament to be their favorite.
Congratulations to Aaron Wheatley and his staff at Monsters on the Ohio for another successful tournament. Congrats also to Jeremy Ransom and Travis Robertson. They caught 104.4 pounds of Ohio River catfish to win the 2016 Monsters on the Ohio crown.