catfish tournament
Kansas City Catfish Tournament Trail
Warsaw, MO – Drake Harbor
March 4, 2012


The day started out chilly, but warmed up nicely by the afternoon. Unfortunately, the wind picked up as well, but that didn’t stop our 38 boats from bringing in some really nice fish!

Coming in 1st was Mike Baker, fishing solo. He used fresh shad and caught his fish in about 8’ of water. His 5-fish total was 111 lbs. and he also captured Big Fish honors with a beautiful 31.3 lb. bluecat. That makes for a combined winnings total of $1874, with $1,494 for 1st place and $380 for Big Fish. Congratulations!

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2nd place went to Justin Cook and Gary Ryan, with a total weight of 97.8 lbs. and a big fish weighing 27.7 lbs. They targeted 12’-25’ of water, using freshly caught shad. The payout for 2nd place was $896.40. Not bad!

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In 3rd were Ryan Gnagy and Jeremy Munger. They were fishing with fresh shad, targeting fish in 8’-22’ of water. Their total weight was 69.2 lbs, with their biggest fish tipping the scales at 27.5 lbs. The 3rd place payout was $597.60. Nice job, guys!

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Coming in 4th were Stephen Shughart and Anthony Ford. Their 5 fish weighed a total of 49.8 lbs, with their biggest fish tipping the scales at 12.2 lbs. Payout for 4th place was $332. Great fishing!

(pic of 4th place)

Weighing in at 49.4 lbs. were Craig Collings and Matt Merten to capture 5th place. Their big fish weighed 15.3 lbs. Payout for 5th place would normally be $145, but this team was given the option of trading that for two brand new Abu Garcia 7000ic3 reels and they took it. Way to go, guys!

(pic of 5th place)

Also receiving prizes were Marty Tippin and Matt Bankston (6th place-48.4 lbs.), Earl Torreyson and Scott Sanders (7th place-41.2 lbs.), and Jason Jackson and Justin Wolfe (8th place-38 lbs.).

Prizes were furnished by our very generous sponsors, including Abu Garcia, Shakespeare, Ugly Stik, Team Catfish and Monster Rod Holders.

Our next tournament will be held at Milford Lake on Sunday, April 1 from 7 am-4 pm. Please visit our website at for more information and check us out on Facebook as well!