Catfish anglers win on last bite on Lake Wylie

Club’s last Wylie turnout of season yields 47.70 for win

April 19, 2012 

  • Catawba Catfish Club results: April 14 1. Team DMD: Mike and Roger Rape, David Catoe, 47.70 lbs., $300 2. Team Cat Tamer: Justin Whiteside, 36.65, $150 3. Team Kat Kings: Jeff and Justin Smith, 35.15, $90 4. Team Troller: Mark Follett and Bob Clark, 34.35 5. Team Total Chaos: Chad Catledge, David Love and Travis Honeycutt, 33.90 6. Team Hawg Seekers: Harry and Jamie Dickerson, 33.75 7. Team Queen: Shane and Dolly Queen, 30.75 8. Team Kat Junkyz: Michael Holmes and Lindsay Bigham, 30.65 9. Team Reel Time: Marty and Jeff Green, 29.60 10. Team Fat Cat: George Lindsay,Damon Gibson and Jarrett Hawkins, 23.35 11. Team Reelin the Blues: Jeff Manning and Michael Paciocco, 19.70 12. Team Antlerholics: Wayne Lingerfelt and Randy Yelton, 16.10 13. Team Stumpgrinder: Dale and Nancy Sturgis, 10.45 Top of the leaderboard 1. Team DMD-160 2. Team Cat Tamer-142 3. Team Reelin the Blues-140 4. Team Fat Cat-127 5. Team Hawg Seekers-123 6. Team Reel Time-121 7. Team Kat Kings-115 8. Team Total Chaos-102 9. Team Kat Junkyz-101 10.Team Troller-85

— The Catawba Catfish Club held its eighth of nine events April 14 with 16 boats, or 30 anglers, competing for a total pot of $600 at Ebenezer Access Area on Lake Wylie. The big fish reeled in $150.

“We had cool temps at blast off and it turned out to be a very nice day weather-wise other than a steady wind blowing most of the day,” said organizer Marty Greene. “Nice weather this time of the year means one thing on Wylie, and that is pleasure boat traffic. They were out in full force making fishing tough, especially in the afternoon hours.”

In the end, Team DMD - Mike and Roger Rape and David Catoe - pulled out the win with a three-fish stringer of 47.70 pounds and also getting the big fish with a 28.30-pound Blue.

Angler Mike Rape said as they were reeling in their lines at quitting time to head back to the weigh in, he picked up a rod to reel it in and the big fish hit on the way to the boat.

Team DMD also took over the points lead for the first time with one tourney left in the season.

The last tournament of the season will be May 12 at Lake Wateree State Park. Tournament hours will be from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., with weigh in at 3:30 p.m.

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