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The Monsters on the Ohio Catfishing Tournament is an annual event that takes place every year in October in Owensboro Kentucky. It indeed is the one of most prestigious catfishing event in the country that attracts thousands of spectators each year.

It was created by catfishing enthusiast and Tournament Director Aaron Wheatley a native of Owensboro.

This Past October, over one hundred and twenty anglers descended on the city of Owensboro Kentucky to try their luck at winning the top cash prize and claiming the covenanted title of Monsters on the Ohio Champions.

Results for the 2012 Monsters on the Ohio event.

The weather and low water flow conditions played a role in the final outcome of this event. A cold front blasted through the region the wendsday before the event, bringing the regions first hard frost and low windy temperatures which resulted unstable barometric pressures and slow bite conditions.

Although, when you put a bunch of good anglers on the water in tough conditions, some will always find the slightly more active catfish to bring to the scales.

On tournament day the anglers blasted off to their fishing spots at 6:30 am and are required to quit fishing at 3pm and return to the weigh in before 4 pm, where over a thousand spectators were awaiting the anglers return to see some monsters brought to the scales and see the final results.

The day turned out nice with temps in the mid 70’s and south winds at 17 mph, but the fish were not as active as most of us would have liked to seen and only a portion of the anglers were able to find some active catfish.

Here are the top 20 finishing teams.

Coming in 1st place and claiming the title of 2012 Monsters on the Ohio Champs was Willie smith and Drew Brenner of Ohio with a total weight of 85 lbs.
Willie and Drew fished right in downtown Owensboro to catch their five fish limit total weight using skip jack for bait, fishing in 25-35 foot of water.

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Coming in second Place was the well know professional guide (Show Me Catfishing Guide Service) and tournament angler Capt. Ryan Casey and his partners Dennis Casey & John Lamb from St.Louis Missouri, for a five fish total weight of 74.3 lbs
Ryan and his team fished down 25 miles river from the launch site to find their five fish using skipjack for bait and fishing in 40 foot of water.

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Coming in third place and receiving the big fish award for catching a 53lb. bluecatfish was Kentucky’s own Steve and Lisa Douglas of Monster Rod Holders from Bardstown KY.
Steve was fishing near Owensboro, dragging the flats in 35 foot of water using skipjack herring for bait.

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Steve was also joined on stage by the host of the newest outdoor TV sensations, Ashley Jay and Danielle of the TV show Southern Girls Got Game, which premiers in January on Fox Sports South. From bear hunting in Alaska and Gator hunting in South Carolina to Monster Catfishing in Kentucky, these gals have become experts and know how to get it done.


4TH PLACE went to the previous 2011 champions Justin Hedges & Rodney Hall from Kentucky with 65.5 lbs.
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5th PLACE Chris Sourdes & Justin Horner from Ohio with 61.5 lbs
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6th PLACE Armand Straton & Larry Bruce from Kentucky with 61.4 lbs
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7TH PLACE Shannon Peyton & Jeremy Peyton 7th 57.7 lbs Owensboro Kentucky
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8TH PLACE Joe Ben Hogencamp & Clay Cannon from Paducah Kentucky with 52.1 lbs
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9TH PLACE Todd Anderson & Scott Miller from West Virginia with 50.9 lbs

10TH PLACE Bill Lange & William Nifong from Kentucky with 42.4 lbs

11TH PLACE Randy McWilliams & Doc Lange from Ohio with 39.8 lbs

12th PLACE Tim & Eric Aldridge from Kentucky with 36 lbs

13TH PLACE Chad Ord & Travis Miller from Ohio with 33 lbs

14TH PLACE Clyde Caldwell & Tim Mulvihill from Kentucky with 32 lbs ky

15th PLACE Jerry Thacker & Ronnie Yates from Pikeville Kentucky with 31.2 lbs

16TH PLACE Scott Lenzi & Robert Devine OF Owensboro Kentucky with 30.5 lbs

17TH PLACE Greg Belknap from Virginia & Trevor Williams from Illinois with 29.9 lbs

18TH PLACE Bill Basham & Don Riley from Owensboro Kentucky with 28.8 lbs

19TH PLACE Andy Farmer & Ryan Clark from Owensboro Kentucky with 27 lbs

20TH PLACE Wayne Hunt & Robert Youngblood from Owensboro Kentucky with 23.5 lbs

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Now taking registrations for the 2013 event.