LAKE WYLIE — The Catawba Catfish Club wrapped up its season May 3 with familiar faces atop the leaderboard, but new faces emerging to take their first win.
Hickory Fisher, a team of Mike Chandley and Phillip Thorne, won its first ever series event with three fish weighing 87.6 pounds. The win earned $672.
Cat Snatch Fever finished second with 74.25 pounds, good for $420. PoleKat brought in the big fish at 32.9 pounds and third place overall for $336.
Marty Green, series organizer, said the first-year team of Chandley and Thorne finished an impressive debut season with the win.
“This is Mike’s first year fishing for catfish and he has really put in his homework and time on the water and it paid off with a big win,” Green said.
The overall championship again went to Reelin the Blues. Jeff Manning and Michael Paciocco repeated their championship performance from a season ago.
With another season complete, here’s a look at the series by the numbers:
This season included nine tournaments, running from September on Lake Wateree to the season finale May 3, also on Lake Wateree. Lake Wylie hosted three events.
The finale brought out 39 boats and 84 anglers, competing for a total pot of $1,680 and a big fish prize of $390.
There were 77 teams entering at least one event this season.
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This year’s season points win makes three of the past four won by Reelin the Blues. Jeff Manning and Michael Paciocco also won last year.
That’s the payday earned by Reelin the Blues, topping second place DMD which earned $863.
Team Cat Snatch Fever took home the Big Fish of the Year Award with a blue catfish weighing 50.6 pounds. It came at a December tournament on Lake Wateree and brought in $288.
This year’s series had six corporate sponsors, many of them new. They are Fish Bite Rod Holders, Boat Sales of Lake Wylie, Hunt Fish Paddle, Shockwave Rattles, KangarooExpress and Pepsi.
John Marks • 803-831-8166