Seder Brothers Conquer All Elements In Sidney

Rob and Rod Seder display one for the wall.

7/15/17- Sidney, MT – Summer heat can make for difficult days on the water. For tournament fishing it adds a level of difficulty that is tough to quantify. This year’s 9th Annual Monster Cat Roundup in Sidney was a fine example of what you can expect when you hit the Yellowstone River in mid-July. The Monster Cat Roundup is always held the 3rd weekend of July, so it typically coincides with the spawn or the post-spawn period for the species at stake, the Channel Catfish. The water temperature was nipping at 78 degrees and the outdoor temperature hovered around triple digits ALL week leading up to the event. Tournament time was no different, as temps reached the high 90’s and anglers up and down the river were experiencing fish in a “lock-jaw” pattern. Add in the river flows that were rapidly receding and everything was leading up to an overall difficult day of fishing for the full field of 60 teams. (56 jet boats, 4 shore)

A brighter note was that 51 teams still managed to bring fish to the scales. Numbers were certainly out there to be had, but size proved to be at a premium. No one put together a day quite like the Seder brothers, out of Billings, Montana. Siblings, Rod and Rob Seder could manage only six catfish during the eight-hour event. However, five of those cats had enough size to push the anglers to just over 23 lbs. With their 23.06 lb. basket, the Seder’s claimed the 9th Annual Monster Cat Roundup title! Rod quipped, “This tourney has been very tough on us. We have taken our beatings here, so it’s sure really nice to get one.” The Seder’s are longtime veterans of the Montana Cats Circuit and have experienced plenty of success in the past. The duo boasts two top 3 finishes in the Missouri River Catfish Clash in Williston, ND, while Rod also has a Yellowstone Challenge championship in Huntley, MT under his belt. Finishing less than one pound out of the winner’s circle, local anglers, James Decker, Sidney, MT., and Steve Lowery, Fairview, MT., boated 10 cats on the day. Their 5 fish limit proved impressive at 22.47 lbs. Rounding out the top 3 was 2-time champions, Brenner Flaten, Glasgow, MT., and Chad Dawson, Dickinson, ND. at 21.42 lbs. The long-time teammates managed only seven catfish during the tournament but considered themselves fortunate at the end of the day. Brenner remarked, “We had one fish, for one pound, with two hours left. Our last spot paid off for six fish and all five of our keepers. We kept fishing hard”. Chris Peterson and Chad Bright, both of Sidney, grabbed 4th place with 20.38 lbs. Last season’s Montana Cats Anglers of the Year, Randy Franco and Nick Fortier, both of Billings, MT., grabbed the 5th spot with the only other 20 lb. basket of the day. The powerful anglers, 20.35 lbs. was aided greatly by Randy’s 10.0 lb. pig that they boated with less than 15 minutes remaining. The monster cat proved to be the largest of the day and worth a wall-hanging plaque and the $200 cash prize.

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Molstad’s WIN one for the Thumb

Nate and Jerry Molstad celebrate another Championship.

6/3/17- Glasgow, MT – It was supposed to be difficult. It was supposed to give anglers problems. Many felt it might even path the way for some teams to win their first ever Catfish Classic. None of it proved true!

It had been very dry and unseasonably warm this spring leading up to the event and for the first time in a decade, there were poor stream flows and low water conditions throughout the Milk River for the 18th Annual Catfish Classic. Surprising many fisherman, however, the fish were still extremely active. With no precipitation in the forecast and temperatures hovering near the upper 80’s the anglers were tested early and often this year. Teams met the challenge at every turn from boundary to boundary as a RECORD 76 teams weighed in fish. This breaks last year’s circuit record of 74 teams hitting the scales.

Nate Molstad, Havre, MT., and Jerry Molstad, Glasgow, MT., proved too much for the 80-team field once again, winning the Classic for a record 5th time! The dynamic duo charged to the top of the leaderboard with a 5-fish limit of 40.16 lbs. Their winning weight is the second heaviest in tournament history, just short of their own record of 40.95 in 2010. The Molstad’s were aided in victory when Nate landed an 11.15 lb. cat early on in the competition. It was the 2nd biggest cat of the evening and earned them Big Whiskers honors. The long time father-son connection did just enough to edge another veteran Cat Classic squad. Chad Dawson, Dickinson, ND., and Brady Burgess, Glasgow, MT. pulled fish from three entirely different sections of river and made a serious push for their second championship. At the end of the night, they came up just short with a basket of 39.52 lbs. Chad stated, “I’ve never been so exhausted after a tournament.” Rounding out the top three was Brodie Boreson and Lindsey Boreson, of Hinsdale, MT. with 30.01 lbs. In only their second appearance in the Classic, the husband and wife combo found a way to put together a limit of five fish that they will remember for years to come.

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Record Flows Produce Record Weights In Challenge

Nicholas Fortier and Randy Franco show off their Championship cats.

5/13/17 (Huntley, MT)- The 11th Annual Yellowstone Challenge Catfish Tournament once again threw the top catfish anglers in Montana a curve ball. With erratic spring weather, this tourney consistently provides inconsistent and unpredictable conditions. This year wasn’t an exception. Due to unseasonably warm temperatures the week leading up to the event, the river swelled to over 30K CFS, with water levels rising near a foot on tournament day. The increased flows created a make-shift obstacle course on the water with floating debris, trees and branches requiring extra attention during river navigation. Throw in some afternoon rain showers and it was setting up to be an intriguing day on the water.

The anglers, however, were up to the challenge and knocked this curve ball out of the park. An AMAZING 47 teams weighed in a 4 fish limit of cats. 34 teams cracked the 20lb mark, smashing the previous record set in 2013 (14 teams). To put this in perspective, consider that only three other times in tournament history has the field eclipsed 10+ teams weighing in 20lb+ baskets. These amazing fishermen were able to stay safe, have fun and break records in the process.

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Flaten and Molstad Clinch 3rd Title

6th Annual Catfish Clash Champions, Brady Flaten and Nate Molstad

8/20/16- Williston, ND – The 2016 Missouri River Catfish Clash was off and running Friday August 19th with the catfish social and Calcutta at the Four Mile Bar in Williston, North Dakota. Fifty-one teams showed up for the festivities and plenty of tips and techniques were shared amongst the anglers. A record amount of bidding was the perfect intro to an absolutely stunning day on the water. Tournament fishermen couldn’t ask for much better than 70+ degrees, sunny, with little to no wind. Teams were released in flights of ten beginning at 9:00 am from the Lewis and Clark boat launch just outside of Williston. Most teams struggled early, but they were consistently catching fish every hour from there on out. The champions experienced the same during their time on the water. Brady Flaten, Glasgow, MT., and Nate Molstad, Havre, MT, caught an impressive basket of 34.52 lbs., all of them on cut bait and leopard frog. The championship marks the duo’s third Catfish Clash title in only six years of the event. For Nate, it means a record 8th MT Cats Circuit tournament title. (Three more than any other angler.) Congratulations! This championship, however, did not come without a battle. Coming in a very close second was Caleb Wells, Williston, ND, and Joshua Pruitt, Watford City, ND., weighing in s stout 34.36 lbs. Despite missing the top spot by less than two tenths of a pound the Dakota squad was more than satisfied. Third place went to a veteran team, Rod and Rob Seder, out of Billings, MT., with 33.7 lbs. on five fish. Bringing in the big fish honors was Derek Carda, Sidney, MT., catching an 11.99 lb. cat. The Missouri River beast was one of three cats that broke 11 lbs. on the day.

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Local Anglers Cruise to Roundup Victory, Niblock Makes History

8th Annual Catfish Classic Champions, Matt Reynolds and Carrie Niblock

7/16/16-Sidney, MT— Early on Saturday, Sidney Catfish anglers, Matt Reynolds and Carrie Niblock, didn’t know what the day of fishing would hold. Carrie remarked to Matt early on during the tournament, “how cool would it be to win this thing?”, Matt quipped in return, “I don’t care, I just want my name on one of them t-shirts”. Well, after the dust settled both of those statements are now a reality! Matt said the duo used frogs for bait and targeted most of their cats in cover to help push themselves to 32.17 lbs, resulting in a dominant victory at the 8th Annual Monster Cat Roundup. It was a steady day of fishing for the couple as they caught around a dozen catfish and only had to move anchor four different times. It was an impressive final two hours for the champs, landing four cats, all of which undoubtedly were difference makers in the final standings. Among the cats late to the party for Reynolds and Niblock was Matt’s 8.85 pounder. The fish proved to be the largest one of the day and earned him Big Fish honors as well. It is the first ever Montana Cats tournament championship for either of the anglers. For Niblock it was extra special. She becomes the FIRST female champion in the 42-event history of the Montana Cats Circuit. A special congratulations to Carrie!

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