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Ohio Valley River Cats Tournament Was Biggest Yet

Posted On September 11, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

Nearly 2 1/2 tons of catfish were caught at the Ohio Valley River Cats Tournament in Rising Sun on Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10, 2017. Photo provided.

(Rising Sun, Ind.) – They came from Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Georgia, Missouri, and points beyond with the same goal: catching the big fish.

Dozens of fishing teams descended upon the Ohio River at Rising Sun this past weekend for the 12th annual Ohio Valley River Cats Catfish Tournament. The event offered nearly $36,000 in cash prizes and other prizes valued at $2,500.

In addition to some ideal weather, the purse size helped make for the best participation in the tournament’s history, says Ohio Valley River Cats Secretary-Treasurer Jim McCracken.

“We had a record amount of teams and anglers this year. We had 161 teams and 373 anglers that weighed in a total of 4,804 lbs. of fish. Prior to this year our largest turnout was 154 teams, a new Ohio Valley River Cats record,” explains McCracken.

Payouts were given to each of the top 25 teams. A team from Brooks, Kentucky captured first place in the tournament with a two-day total of 176.6 lbs. of catfish. For winning, the team took home a $10,000 grand prize. They also won $1,000 for being the top team with a female angler, as well as an additional prize valued at $600 for the Driftmaster Challenge.

The biggest catfish was caught by a team from Madison, Indiana, with the monster bottom-feeder weighing in at 49.6 lbs. That team came in second place.

Photo provided.

Each catfish that is caught is inspected by the Kentucky Department of Natural Resources to ensure they are healthy and log their measurements. The fish were released back into the river after the weigh-in.

“We enjoy promoting our sport fishing, protecting our fisheries (catch and release) and enjoying a day on the Ohio River,” McCracken says.

Rising Sun Mayor Brent Bascom hosted a free barbecue lunch for the fishermen and fisherwomen on Saturday. Many city residents stopped by the river bank to watch the fishing spectacle.

“The Ohio Valley River Cats organization would like to thank the city of Rising Sun for hosting this event and for all of their support this year and for the past 12 years,” says McCracken.

“We would also like to thank Rising Sun / Ohio County Tourism and the many businesses that donated to help make this event a huge success. Frank McIntosh has been the Tournament Director for all 12 years of this event. A huge thanks to Frank for all of his hard work to grow this tournament and to make it a great event for everyone.”

161 teams consisting of 373 anglers came out for one of the nation’s biggest catfishing tournaments. Photo provided.

 

2017 Ohio Valley River Cats Tournament Standings

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Place Team  Hometown Total Wt. Overall Big Fish Prize
1 Petrowski-Petrowski-Neafus Brooks, KY 176.6 46 $10,000
2 Ruble-Humphry-Nelson Madison, IN 137 49.6 $3,149
3 Burnett-Burnett Scottsburg, IN 121.2 40.6 $2,545
4 Morris-Parsons Johnstown, OH 116.6 0 $1,340
5 Halcomb-Breedlove Nashville, IN 111.6 39.8 $1,278
6 Johnson-Johnson Brookville, IN 111.2 0 $1,216
7 Team Mulvihill Williamsburg, OH 100.6 0 $1,154
8 Tutrow-Han Indianapolis, IN 93.8 0 $1,092
9 Embs-Barnes Cold Spring, KY 90.2 0 $1,029
10 Dehner-Caldwell Independence, KY 85.6 0 $915
11 Bechdolt-Eyre Sardinia, OH 83.8 0 $730
12 DeBow-Shepherd Indian Hill, OH 80.4 34.6 $720
13 Geary-Dean-Briles Jeffersonville, IN 80 34 $710
14 Williams-Rice Winchester, KY 79.2 20.8 $700
15 Benningfield-Eiselt Bowling Green, KY 78.8 0 $690
16 Pelzel-Meyer Harrison, OH 77.2 32.8 $304
17 Schmeltz-Buffo-Marshall Bloomingdale, IN 75.2 0 $294
18 Elder-Tingle Lousville, KY 74.2 44.8 $284
19 Fancher-Riggins Evansville, IN 73.6 0 $274
20 Team Kraus Brookville, IN 71.4 0 $264
21 Gatlin-Hammond-Stokes Rock Spring, GA 71 0 $100
22 Wilson-Cunningham Falmouth, KY 66.8 0 $100
23 Butler-Wilson Independence, KY 66.6 0 $100
24 Brock-Brock-McDonald Independence, KY 66.4 0 $100
25 Myers-Myers Iuka, IL 63.2 0 $100
26 Shields-Peabody Eminence, KY 62.8 0 $100
27 Roundtree-Miles Mt. Washington, KY 62 0
28 Cress-Cress-Crone Covington, KY 60 0
29 Miles-Conway Taylorsville, KY 59.6 0
30 Lin-Lin Liberty Twp, OH 57.8 0
31 Lambert-Smith Lawrenceburg, IN 57.6 0
32 Houze-Houze Aurora, IN 56.8 0
33 Team Bundy Bridgetown, OH 56.4 0
34 Bowling-Presley Waveland, IN 56.2 0
35 Nadosky-Riddle-Crawford Winchester, OH 55.6 0
36 Kerns-Edwards Norris City, IL 54.8 0
37 Collins-Tindle Williamsburg, OH 53.8 0
38 Love-Love-Ascherman Greendale, IN 53.4 0
39 Terry-Webster Warsaw, KY 52.6 0
40 Loudermilk-Jones Hamilton, OH 52.2 0
41 McClellan-Ramsey Martinsville, IN 49.8 0
42 Cooper-Cooper Lawrenceburg, IN 49 0
43 Fisher-Fisher Sardinia, OH 48.6 0
44 Team Bush Aurora, IL 47.8 22.4
45 Land-McCarty-Ruby Rising Sun, IN 45.8 0
46 Team Wainscott Williamstown, KY 43 0
47 Winkle-Reed Berry, KY 42.2 0
48 Hart-Shelpman Otway, OH 41.8 0
49 Anderson-Wallace-Wayne Columbus, IN 40 0
50 Wright-Pittington Falmouth, KY 39.8 0
51 Hanselman-Hanselman Ft Wright, KY 39.8 0
52 Team Vinup Rising Sun, IN 39 0
53 Reddins-Lynam Lawrenceburg, IN 37.2 0
54 Jackson-Jackson Rising Sun, IN 35.2 0
55 Emery-Harris Versailles, IN 32.8 0
56 Goodpaster-Goodpaster Aurora, IN 32.8 0
57 Lagnes-Garvey Madison, IN 32.6 0
58 Davis-Davis Cincinnati, OH 31.4 0
59 Opbroek-Chase Middletown, OH 29.6 0
60 Berte-Potter-Jones Florence, KY 29.6 0
61 Team Egan Independence, KY 28.6 0
62 Fuqua-Bateman Brandonburg, KY 28.2 0
63 Team Lang Independence, KY 28 0
64 Bailey-Kelly Vevay, IN 26.2 0
65 Winkle-Webster-Caswell Dry Ridge, KY 26.2 0
66 Malaikam-Hedrick-Hedrick Murfleesboro, IN 25.4 0
67 Miller-Smith Hillsboro, IN 25 0
68 Davis-Duncan Bethel, OH 24.6 0
69 Brewer-Brewer Indianapolis, IN 24.4 0
70 Gentrup-Cox Bellevue, KY 22.4 0
71 Wainscott-Pettit Butler, KY 21.6 0
72 Miller-Thomas-Bowman Harveysburgh, OH 21.6 0
73 Chase-Barnes Bennington, IN 21.2 0
74 Browning-Dehart Middletown, OH 20.8 0
75 Fox-Cassidy McArthur, OH 20.8 0
76 Team Hedges Waddy, KY 20 0
77 Howard-Magnus Dayton, OH 19.8 0
78 Arnce-Arnce-Louins Owenton, KY 19.4 0
79 McCarty-Moore Cynthiana, Ky 18.6 7.2
80 Team Hannan Rising Sun, IN 18 0
81 Rowe-Stangle-Brandon Madison, IN 17.2 0
82 Reiff-Grimes-Polley Ross, OH 17.2 0
83 Dotson-Baker-Faul Winchester, OH 16.6 0
84 Cleary-Castle Sunman, IN 16.2 0
85 Team OMI Rising Sun, IN 16.2 0
86 Team Hookin Hoosiers Florence, IN 16 0
87 Colvin-Colvin-Garrison Falmouth, KY 16 0
88 Atwell-Atwell-Powers Aurora, IN 16 0
89 Griffith-Fay Greendale, IN 15.4 0
90 Thoroughman-Wills-Betts Chillicothe, OH 15.2 0
91 Tanner-Tanner Hobart, IN 14.8 0
92 Team Hite Rising Sun, IN 14.2 0
93 Gross-Arns Erlanger, KY 14 0
94 Moran-Reynolds Cedar Grove, IN 13.6 0
95 Riley-Kiser-Riley Salem, IN 13.2 0
96 Wooley-Gray Liberty, IN 13 0
97 Smith-Smith Frankfort, OH 12.8 0
98 Seangler-Kraus-May Sunman, IN 12.8 0
99 Petrowski-Petrowski-Akerley Louisville, KY 11.8 0
100 Pyles-Pyles Patriot, IN 11.4 0
101 Wilson-Brentley-Royer Fayetteville, OH 11 0
102 McClure-Batdorf Walton, KY 10.8 0
103 Mitchnel-Arthur Bloomington, IN 10.8 0
104 Armstrong-Williams Bromley, KY 10.8 0
105 Waugh-Edwards Kendallville, IN 10 0
106 Wagler-Wagler-Knepp Loogootee, IN 9.8 0
107 Phillips-Phillips Cincinnati, OH 9.6 0
108 Vanderpool-Vanderpool Cincinnati, OH 9.4 0
109 Walker-Helton Taylor Mill, KY 9.4 0
110 Bovard-Cochran Rising Sun, IN 8.6 0
111 Bledsoe-Banes Lafayette, IN 8.6 0
112 Murphy-Snyder-Murphy Millersburg, OH 8.2 0
113 Team Dom Alexandria, KY 8.2 0
114 Buzzard-Byers Middlesex, PA 8 0
115 Daryl-Braylin-Kara Miller Hanover, IN 7.8 0
116 Maxwell-Baker Rochester, PA 7.8 0
117 Arnold-Arnold Connersville, IN 5.8 0
118 Hall-Martin Sheperdsville, PA 5.8 0
119 Yoder-Wagler-Stoll Loogootee, IN 5.2 0
120  Chad-Tyler-Ashton Baldasare Troy, OH 5 0
121 Hensley-Baker-Bowling Alexandria, KY 4 0
122 Bingle-Bingle Union, KY 3.8 0
123 Hughbanes-Becker Loveland, OH 3.8 0
124 McGuire-McGuire-Tirey Verona, KY 3.4 0
125 Kendel-Schnabel Akron, OH 3.2 0
126 Hopkins-Routch Harrison, OH 2.4 0
127 Ranshaw-Cann-Werner Aurora, IN 1.8 0
128 Douglas-Lirot-Lirot Loogootee, IN 1.4 0
129 Andy & Gary Baldasare Troy, OH 0 0
130 Handlon-Smith Madison, IN 0 0
131 Team RSBP Rising Sun, IN 0 0
132 Team Laird Batavia, OH 0 0
133 Kearns-Kearns Dry Ridge, KY 0 0
134 Peck-Moore Monroe, OH 0 0
135 Schmidt Hamilton, OH 0 0
136 Lindsey-Lindsey Moores Hill, IN 0 0
137 Burke-Burke-Goodrich Owenton, KY 0 0
138 Estes-Estes Owenton, KY 0 0
139 Clark-Clark Condonderry, OH 0 0
140 Burden-Burden Lima, OH 0 0
141 Bell-Darnell Georgetown, OH 0 0
142 Team Rising Sun Shell Milan, IN 0 0
143 Sassman-Michaels Wellington, MO 0 0
144 Mullins-Arcari Williamstown, KY 0 0
145 Wheeler-Young Cleves, OH 0 0
146 Doyle-Retel Burlington, KY 0 0
147 Redding-Broughton Cincinnati, OH 0 0
148 Team Barker Milan, IN 0 0
149 Meadows-Meadows Carolton, KY 0 0
150 Barrows-Kenney-Kenney Milan, IN 0 0
151 Witteride-McMullen Dillsboro, IN 0 0
152 Abercrombie-North Warsaw, KY 0 0
153 Hill-Hill-Stamper Harrodsburg, KY 0 0
154 Brewer-Brewer “Ronnie &Ron” Bedford, KY 0 0
155 Patrick-Getzendanner Lawrenceburg, IN 0 0
156 Team Stephens Hollansburg, OH 0 0
157 Thompson Indianapolis, IN 0 0
158 Knepp-Wagler-Yoder Loogootee, IN 0 0
159 Christman-Waits Blanchester, OH 0 0
160 Lowen-Collins-Laterreur Fairfield, OH 0 0
161 Petrey-Brumley Sadieville, KY 0 0