Montana Cats Circuit Angler of the Year


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Official Rules -- How do the points work?
–The four (4) Montana Cats Circuit events will be used to determine the Angler of the Year at the end of each season. These events are: Yellowstone Challenge (Huntley, MT), Milk River Catfish Classic (Glasgow, MT), Monster Cat Roundup (Sidney, MT), and Missouri River Catfish Clash (Williston, ND).
–Five (5) “participation” points for each event entered.
–Placing points are given to the Top 20 finishers at each of the four events. They are scored as such:
1st – 20
2nd – 19
3rd – 18
4th – 17
5th – 16
6th – 15
7th – 14
8th – 13
9th – 12
10th – 11
11th – 10
12th – 9
13th – 8
14th – 7
15th – 6
16th – 5
17th – 4
18th – 3
19th – 2
20th – 1
Placing points are always in addition to an angler’s participation points. For example: Angler(s) finishing in first place at an event will receive their five (5) participation points + their twenty (20) placing points. For a grand total = 25 points. Angler(s) finishing outside of the top 20 in an event will only receive their five (5) participation points.
**Montana Cats will only score an anglers three (3) BEST tournaments of the season when calculating Angler of the Year standings. If an angler competes in a fourth event, the lowest score will be automatically dropped**
For example: An angler finishes in 9th place at the Yellowstone Challenge, 3rd place at Catfish Classic, 1st place at Monster Cat Roundup, and 21st place at Missouri River Catfish Clash. Montana Cats will automatically drop the 21st place finish in Williston and award 17 points (Huntley) + 23 points (Glasgow) + 25 points (Sidney) for a grand total = 65 points.


2017 standings (Top 20)

There is clear path to the annual MT Cats Angler of the Year award. Find a way to capture hardware in at least three events. Brenner Flaten (Glasgow, MT) did just that in 2017. The Milk River Catfish Classic tournament director had little room for error fishing the other three events on circuit. He opened up the season with a 3rd place finish at the Challenge, took another bronze at the mid-season Roundup in Sidney, and solidified the top spot with his 1st ever Missouri River Catfish Clash title to close out the season. His 71 points is a new MT Cats AOY points record. Last year’s Co-Angler’s of The Year, Randy Franco and Nick Fortier, of Billings, came in just short of a repeat performance. Their 67 points was good enough for a tie for 2nd place with circuit veteran Nate Molstad of Havre, MT. B’n’M Poles once again sponsored this year’s Angler of the Year Award. This is their 4th year in a row as the title sponsor. Flaten came away with $250 courtesy of B’n’M and beautiful plaques provided by the Montana Catfish Association.

1. Brenner Flaten (Glasgow, MT) 71 points (3 events)
2. Randy Franco (Billings, MT) 67 points (4 events)
2. Nick Fortier (Billings, MT) 67 points (4 events)
2. Nate Molstad (Havre, MT) 67 points (3 events)
5. James Decker (Sidney, MT) 54 points (4 events)
5. Steve Lowrey (Sidney, MT) 54 points (4 events)
7. Chad Dawson (Dickinson, ND) 47 points (2 events)
7. Josh Marottek (Medicine Lake, MT) 47 points (4 events)
7. Brady Flaten (Glasgow, MT) 47 points (3 events)
10. Charles Marottek (Poplar, MT) 46 points (4 events)
11. Blake Gauer (Park City, MT) 39 points (3 events)
11. Lindsey Gauer (Park City, MT) 39 points (3 events)
13. Cole Plouffe (Glendive, MT) 37 points (3 events)
14. Rod Seder (Billings, MT) 36 points (3 events)
14. Rob Seder (Hardin, MT) 36 points (3 events)
16. Chad Mueller (Sidney, MT) 34 points (3 events)
17. Steve Harris Sr. (Sidney, MT) 32 points (3 events)
17. Justin Jones (Sidney, MT) 32 points (2 events)
17. Corey Bushman (Billings, MT) 32 points (2 events)
20. Austin Oblander (Ballantine, MT) 31 points (3 events)
20. Otis Oblander (Ballantine, MT) 31 points (3 events)


2016 Standings (Top 20)
The Missouri River Catfish Clash provided the drama again, as the 2016 Montana Cats B’N’M Angler of the Year came down to the culminating event. Circuit veteran, Brady Flaten, made things interesting by winning the year-end event, but Billings anglers, Randy Franco and Nick Fortier were able to keep their lead by finishing with a solid 7th place finish of their own. Combine that finish with their tourney championship at the Yellowstone Challenge and a 5th place showing in Sidney and the duo mustered 68 points to finish with a 2 point victory. Last years Co-Anglers of the year, Bobby and Robert Wise, also of Billings, finished in a tie for 4th. Franco and Fortier come away with a $500 cash prize from B’n’M rods (they also fish with B’n’M rods) and beautiful plaques provided by All Awards out of Lewistown. We’d also like to thank Bryon Armour for his outstanding support providing all the plaques for the whole tour. This is the All-Awards final year in providing our plaques. We can’t thank them enough for ALL their years of teamwork with Montana Cats.

1. Randy Franco (Billings, MT) 68 points (4 events)
1. Nick Fortier (Billings, MT) 68 points (4 events)
3. Brady Flaten (Glasgow, MT) 66 points (3 events)
4. Robert Wise (Billings, MT) 65 points (4 events)
4. Bobby Wise (Billings , MT) 65 points (4 events)
6. Brenner Flaten (Glasgow, MT) 56 points (3 events)
7. Nate Molstad (Havre, MT) 49 points (2 events)
8. Blake Gauer (Park City, MT) 47 points (4 events)
8. Bryon Armour (Lewistown, MT) 47 points (4 events)
8. Ty Thomas (Lewistown, MT) 47 points (3 events)
11. James Decker (Sidney, MT) 45 points (4 events)
12. Chad Dawson (Dickinson, ND) 43 points (2 events)
13. Steve Harris Jr (Sidney, MT) 39 points (3 events)
14. Troy Cotter (Sidney, MT) 37 points (2 events)
14. Mike Licking (Sidney, MT) 37 points (2 events)
16. Rod Seder (Billings, MT) 34 points (3 events)
16. Rob Seder (Hardin, MT) 34 points (3 events)
18. Lindsey Gauer (Park City, MT) 33 points (2 events)
19. Steve Harris Sr. (Sidney, MT) 32 points (4 events)
20. Chad Mueller (Sidney, MT) 30 points (4 events)
20. Steve Lowrey (Sidney, MT) 30 points (3 events)
20. Matt Reynolds (Sidney, MT) 30 points (2 events)
20. Carrie Niblock (Sidney, MT) 30 points (2 events)


2015 Standings (Top 20)
Montana Cats 2015 B’N’M Angler-of-the-Year race once again came down to the wire at the Missouri River Catfish Clash. Coming out on top were tourney veterans Robert and Bobby Wise (2nd place at the clash to secure the top prize)! This is the father/son combo first Montana Cats Angler of the year……great job guys! They came away with a $500 cash prize from B’n’M rods (they fish with B’n’M rods exclusively) and beautiful plaques provided by All Awards out of Lewistown. We’d also like to thank Bryon Armour for his outstanding support providing all the plaques for the whole tour. Congrats on another great year guys, can’t wait for next year. See ya at the Challenge to kick off the 2016 season

1. Bobby Wise (Billings, MT) 68 points (4 events)
1. Robert Wise (Billings, MT) 68 points (4 events)
3. Chad Dawson (Dickinson, ND) 60 points (3 events)
4. Brenner Flaten (Glasgow, MT) 56 points (3 events)
5. Blake Gauer (Park City, MT) 52 points (4 events)
6. Chad Mueller (Sidney, MT) 45 points (4 events)
7. Justin King (Sidney, MT) 44 points (4 events)
7. Eddie White (Billings, MT) 44 points (3 events)
7. Troy Warburton (Belgrade, MT) 44 points (3 events)
7. Randy Franco (Billings, MT) 44 points (3 events)
7. Nick Fortier (Billings, MT) 44 points (3 events)
12. Jeremiah Hopstad (Billings, MT) 43 points (3 events)
12. Steve Harris Sr. (Sidney, MT) 43 points (3 events)
12. Brady Mueller (Sidney, MT) 43 points (4 events)
12. Brandon Mueller (Sidney, MT) 43 points (4 events)
16. Timber Kolodejchuk (Forsyth, MT) 41 points (2 events)
16. Michael Shumway (Forsyth, MT) 41 points (2 events)
16. Bryon Armour (Lewistown, MT) 41 points (4 events)
19. Kevin Howie (Billings, MT) 40 points (3 events)
19. Travis Kennedy (Billings, MT) 40 points (3 events)


2014 Standings (Top 20)
Montana Cats would like to announce a NEW sponsor for our annual “Angler of the Year” award. Tackle manufacturer, B’N’M, has now stepped up to the plate and offered up $250 to our Angler of the Year. They will step it up even further, and drop $500 to the Angler(s) of the Year if they use B’N’M Catfish Rods to bring home the title. Brady Mueller, Sidney, MT, rose above the rest in 2014. Brady opened up the season with a 14th place finish at the Yellowstone Challenge, grabbed a mid-year Championship on his home waters in Sidney, and capped it all off with a 3rd place finish at the Missouri River Catfish Clash in Williston. At the end of the day, he cleared the field by 4 points. Park City, MT angler, Blake Gauer, finished in 2nd. Brady comes away with a $250 cash prize from B’n’M rods and beautiful plaques provided by All Awards out of Lewistown.

1. Brady Mueller (Sidney, MT) 60 points (4 events)
2. Blake Gauer (Park City, MT) 56 points (4 events)
3. Chad Mueller (Sidney, MT) 55 points (4 events)
4. Justin King (Sidney, MT) 50 points (4 events)
4. Jeremiah Hopstad (Billings, MT) 50 points (3 events)
6. Bryon Armour (Lewistown, MT) 48 points (4 events)
6. Steve Harris Sr. (Sidney, MT) 48 points (3 events)
8. Bobby Wise (Billings, MT) 46 points (4 events)
8. Robert Wise (Billings, MT) 46 points (4 events)
8. Kyle Mueller (Sidney, MT) 46 points (3 events)
11. Chad Dawson (Dickinson, ND) 43 points (3 events)
12. Rod Seder (Billings, MT) 42 points (3 events)
12. Rob Seder (Hardin, MT) 42 points (3 events)
14. Shawn Wersal (Glasgow, MT) 38 points (3 events)
14. Jake Aune (Glasgow, MT) 38 points (3 events)
16. Brenner Flaten (Wright, WY) 36 points (3 events)
17. Brady Flaten (Glasgow, MT) 35 points (3 events)
17. Todd Dooley (Sidney, MT) 35 points (3 events)
19. Brandon Mueller (Sidney, MT) 33 points (3 events)
19. Randy Franco (Billings, MT) 33 points (3 events)
19. Nick Fortier (Billings, MT) 33 points (3 events)


2013 Standings (Top 20)
For the first time in the history of Montana, a Catfishing Circuit began awarding an “Angler of the Year”. The inaugural award was sponsored by “All-Awards” out of Lewistown, Montana. The 2013 winners received a 3 foot trophy from Bryon Armour and All-Awards and Montana Cats kicked in a $200 cash prize. Gage Gordon (Belgrade, MT) and Mac Reid (Bozeman, MT) took the Montana Cats circuit by storm in 2013. Gage finished in the top 15 in all four events. Gage and Mac did team up to finish 2nd in the Milk River Catfish Classic and The Missouri River Catfish Clash. They also enjoyed a 3rd place finish at the Monster Cat Roundup in Sidney. The 71 points was an incredible total and just beat out a tremendous season by Brady Flaten. Flaten finished 4th at Sidney and Glasgow and topped it all off with the tourney title in Williston. However, Gage Gordon and Mac Reid were ultimately disqualified and permanently banned from the Montana Cats Circuit in 2014 due to a significant rules violation. Per Montana Catfish Association policy, when angler(s) are caught breaking significant rules ALL of their previous accolades/results are wiped from the history books and previous titles become permanently VACATED.

1. VACATED 71 points (4 events)
1. VACATED 71 points (3 events)
3. Brady Flaten (Glasgow, MT) 69 points (3 events)
4. Bobby Wise (Billings, MT) 65 points (4 events)
4. Robert Wise (Billings, MT) 65 points (3 events)
6. Chad Dawson (Dickinson, ND) 62 points (4 events)
7. Blake Gauer (Park City, MT) 57 points (4 events)
8. Brenner Flaten (Wright, WY) 51 points (3 events)
9. Nate Molstad (Havre, MT) 50 points (2 events)
10. Josh Beagle (Sidney, MT) 43 points (3 events)
11. Troy Cotter (Sidney, MT) 42 points (4 events)
12. Brady Mueller (Sidney, MT) 41 points (4 events)
12. Brandon Mueller (Sidney, MT) 41 points (3 events)
14. Michael Licking (Sidney, MT) 37 points (2 events)
15. Chad Mueller (Sidney, MT) 35 points (2 events)
16. Bryon Armour (Lewistown, MT) 32 points (3 events)
16. Scott Schmidt (Sidney, MT) 32 points (3 events)
16. Kristin Beagle (Sidney, MT) 32 points (2 events)
19. Lindsey Gauer (Park City, MT) 26 points (2 events)
19. James Decker (Sidney, MT) 26 points (2 events)
19. Steve Lowrey (Sidney, MT) 26 points (2 events)

UNOFFICIAL angler of the year standings 2009-2012 Click HERE

The Montana Catfish Association began sponsoring FOUR (4) tournaments per season in 2009. However, the Montana Cats “Angler of the Year” did NOT become official until 2013. The organization had only a handful of anglers fishing three or four tournaments in a season prior to 2013. The Montana Cats Board of Directors decided to begin sponsoring an Angler of the Year Award to help entice more anglers to fish outside of their “comfort zone” and help us truly become a traveling circuit. It is important to note that the results below are only considered unofficial and are provided for your viewing pleasure.

2012 standings (Top 10)

1. Chad Dawson (Dickinson, ND) 70 points (4 events)
2. Brenner Flaten (Wright, WY) 65 points (3 events)
3. Brady Flaten (Glasgow, MT) 50 points (3 events)
4. VACATED 49 points (2 events)
4. VACATED 49 points (2 events)
6. Nate Molstad (Havre, MT) 46 points (2 events)
7. Troy Cotter (Sidney, MT) 39 points (3 events)
8. Brady Mueller (Sidney, MT) 36 points (2 events)
9. Brandon Mueller (Sidney, MT) 34 points (4 events)
9. Blake Gauer (Park City, MT) 34 points (3 events)
9. Steve Harris Sr. (Sidney, MT) 34 points (3 events)

2011 standings (Top 10)

1. Brandon Mueller (Sidney, MT) 60 points (3 events)
2. Brenner Flaten (Wright, WY) 57 points (3 events)
3. Chad Mueller (Sidney, MT) 48 points (3 events)
4. Chad Dawson (Dickinson, ND) 45 points (3 events)
5. Troy Cotter (Sidney, MT) 44 points (2 events)
6. Nate Molstad (Havre, MT) 41 points (2 events)
7. Troy Cotter (Sidney, MT) 39 points (3 events)
8. VACATED 39 points (3 events)
9. Brady Flaten (Glasgow, MT) 30 points (2 events)
10. Chad Nelson (Sidney, MT) 28 points (2 events)

2010 standings (Top 5)

1. Nate Molstad (Havre, MT) 55 points (3 events)
2. Chad Dawson (Dickinson, ND) 44 points (2 events)
2. Lars Sorensen (Fort Peck, MT) 44 points (2 events)
4. Brenner Flaten (Wright, WY) 43 points (2 events)
5. Brady Flaten (Glasgow, MT) 30 points (2 events)

2009 standings (Top 5)

1. Brenner Flaten (Wright, WY) 55 points (3 events)
2. Brady Flaten (Glasgow, MT) 52 points (3 events)
3. Chad Dawson (Glasgow, MT) 42 points (2 events)
4. Lars Sorensen (Fort Peck, MT) 40 points (2 events)
5. Tyler George (Shepherd, MT) 34 points (2 events)