LAKE WYLIE — Marty and Jeff Green set up the Nov. 9 event, then took down the competition at the first Catawba Catfish Club event of the season on Lake Wylie.
The Greens run club tournaments but also are top flight competitors, holding top five all-time rankings for heaviest fish and heaviest three-fish limit. The club began in 2006 and is now, according to the group, the largest catfish tournament series in the Carolinas. The pair last won a club event two years ago, again on Wylie.
“We had a good day,” Jeff Green said. “A lot of people caught a lot of fish. I think we caught 27. We caught 16 in the first couple of hours.”
Marty Green’s 44.15-pound blue catfish won the pair $220 as the biggest fish pulled during the tournament and helped toward the winning three-fish weight of 88.95 pounds. That total netted the brothers $480. Cary Vanden Broecke and Matt Barrett finished second with 67.15 pounds, good for $240. Third and $144 went to the team of Terry and T.J. Springs, and Kendrick Wright.
In all, there were 48 anglers and two children on 22 competing boats. All but two of the boats weighed in fish. Anglers teased the brothers by asking where the polygraph was, as tournaments randomly test winners. The recent event wasn’t scheduled for it, and tournaments that are aren’t announced ahead of time.
The Greens took the teasing in stride, enjoying both the organizing of tournaments and, from time to time, winning them.
“We enjoy fishing them, too,” Jeff Green said.
Maybe as big as the win for the Greens was the addition of a third sponsor. Boat Sales of Lake Wylie joined existing series sponsors Kangaroo Express and Pepsi at the home lake event.
“Boat Sales of Lake Wylie made their sponsorship debut today in fine fashion, providing the anglers with breakfast, items for drawings including a Marine Deep Cycle Battery, hats and a service certificate, as well as three boats for anglers to check out,” Marty Green said.
The Lake Wylie business recently signed on as a local dealer for boats designed specifically for catfishing.
The win brought the Greens’ team Reel Time into fourth place in the season standings. Ninth-place finishing team Troller, Mark Follett and Bob Clark, hold the top spot on the season with six events remaining. The series includes two upcoming Lake Wylie dates - Jan. 11 and April 12. The season finale will be held May 3 on Lake Wateree.
For more information, visit catawbacatfishclub.com.