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Angler of the Year

Montana Catfish Association--Angler of the Year

The Montana Cats Circuit Angler of the Year is currently funded solely by Calcutta Auction funds from Montana Cats Circuit events throughout the season. We are actively searching for a $500 annual sponsorship for our Angler of the Year Award.  If you or your business are interested in this partnership please contact us immediately at: mca@montanacats.com 

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2020 MT Cats AOY

2020 

Cole Plouffe, Glendive, MT. has done it again!  The Montana Cats Circuit veteran clinched the 2020 Montana Cats Angler of the Year at the season's culminating event.  Plouffe finished in 2nd place at the season opening Yellowstone Challenge in Huntley, went back home and finished 7th place at the Milk River Catfish Classic in Glasgow, took 14th place at the Monster Cat Roundup in Sidney, and closed it all out with a 3rd place finish at the Missouri River Catfish Clash in Williston.  His 66 points were good enough to win the AOY title for the second consecutive year.  He becomes the first 2-time winner in the eight year history of the award!  James Decker, of Sidney, MT., turned in a stelar season in his own right finishing with 63 points to finish with Runner-Up honors.  Fellow Sidney angler, Austin Bement claimed 3rd place overall in the final AOY standings with a solid 60 points. 

View the 2020 top five Standings below.  To see the complete FINAL Angler of the Year Standings for 2020 please click HERE.  

1. Cole Plouffe (Glendive, MT.) 66 Points (4 events)
2. James Decker (Sidney, MT.) 63 Points (3 events)
3. Austin Bement (Sidney, MT.) 60 Points (3 events)
4. Brenner Flaten (Glasgow, MT.) 57 Points  (3 events)
5. Robert Peterson (Billings, MT.) 54 Points (3 events)
Jayson Riggin (Billings, MT.) 54 Points (3 events)

2019 MT Cats AOY

2019 

A BIG Congratulations to Cole Plouffe, Glendive, MT. on winning the 2019 B'n'M Poles Montana Cats Angler of the Year! Plouffe finished in 12th place at the season opening Yellowstone Challenge in Huntley, went back to his home waters and finished in 3rd place at the Milk River Catfish Classic in Glasgow, grabbed another bronze with a 3rd place at the Monster Cat Roundup in Sidney, & closed it all out with a championship at the Missouri River Catfish Clash in Williston.  His 71 point total is tied for the second best finish in MT Cats AOY history and earns him $500 cash from B'n'M Poles along with a plaque for the wall!  Maybe the most impressive part about this accomplishment is he did it while fishing the four circuit events with four different anglers.  2017 Angler of the Year, Brenner Flaten, of Glasgow, MT., finished in the Runner Up spot for the 2nd consecutive year with 65 points.  2015 Co-Anglers of the Year, The “Wise Guys”, Bobby Wise and Robert Wise, both of Billings, MT. rounded out the top 3. Tied at 58 points.

It’s the 7th year in a row MT Cats has crowned an Angler of the Year and for the 7th time we have a different Angler of the Year! No repeat winners. Truly speaking to the overall strength & competitiveness of one of our country’s best Catfish Circuits.  Congratulations Cole...you’ve earned it.

View the 2019 top five Standings below.  To see the complete FINAL Angler of the Year Standings for 2019 please click HERE.  

1. Cole Plouffe (Glendive, MT.) 71 Points (4 events)
2. Brenner Flaten (Glasgow, MT.) 65 Points (3 events)
3. Bobby Wise (Billings, MT.) 58 Points (4 events)
Robert Wise (Billings, MT.) 58 Points  (4 events)
5. Steve Lowrey (Fairview, MT.) 51 Points (4 events)

2018 MT Cats AOY

2018 

A huge shout out to Jason Flaten, West Wendover, NV., on winning the 2018 Montana Cats Angler of the Year sponsored by B'n'M Poles! The Association awards the AOY based on an angler’s top 3 finishes out of our 4 events. He took gold at the Challenge and the Classic, while claiming runner-up honors at the Roundup. For his efforts, Flaten set a NEW circuit record with 74 total points! One that will be very difficult to break in the future.  He also secured $500 added cash bonus courtesy of B’n’M for using their rods during this achievement.  Last year's Angler of the Year, Brenner Flaten, claimed the runner-up slot with 67 total points.  
This is the 9th different angler to either win or share this award in it’s official 6-year history. We have had no repeat winners. Speaking to the true competitiveness of this tour.  Beautiful plaques were once again provided by the Montana Catfish Association. View the 2018 top five Standings below.  To see the complete FINAL Angler of the Year Standings for 2018 please click HERE.  

1. Jason Flaten (West Wendover, NV.) 74 Points (4 events)
2. Brenner Flaten (Glasgow, MT.) 67 Points (3 events)
3. Chris Kolstad (Williston, ND.) 54 Points (3 events)
Willy Lauckner (Nashua, MT.) 54 Points  (3 events)
5. Bobby Wise (Billings, MT.) 53 Points (4 events)
Robert Wise (Billings, MT.) 53 Points (4 events)
2017 MT Cats AOY

2017 

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. View the 2017 top five Standings below.  To see the complete FINAL Angler of the Year Standings for 2017 please click HERE.  

1. Brenner Flaten (Glasgow, MT.) 71 Points (3 events)
2. Randy Franco (Billings, MT.) 67 Points (4 events)
Nick Fortier (Billings, MT.) 67 Points (4 events)
Nate Molstad (Havre, MT.) 67 Points  (3 events)
5. James Decker (Sidney, MT.) 54 Points (4 events)
Steve Lowrey (Fairview, MT.) 54 Points (4 events)

2016 MT Cats AOY

2016 

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. View the 2016 top five Standings below.  To see the complete FINAL Angler of the Year Standings for 2016 please click HERE.  

1. Randy Franco (Billings, MT.) 68 Points (4 events)
Nick Fortier (Billings, MT.) 68 Points (4 events)
3. Brady Flaten (Glasgow, MT.) 66 Points (3 events)
4. Bobby Wise (Glasgow, MT.) 65 Points  (4 events)
Robert Wise (Glasgow, MT.) 65 Points (4 events)
2015 MT Cats AOY

2015 

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. View the 2015 top five Standings below.  To see the complete FINAL Angler of the Year Standings for 2015 please click HERE.  

1. Bobby Wise (Glasgow, MT.) 68 Points (4 events)
Robert Wise (Glasgow, 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)
2014 MT Cats AOY

2014 

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. View the 2014 top five Standings below.  To see the complete FINAL Angler of the Year Standings for 2014 please click HERE.  

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)
Jeremiah Hopstad (Billings, MT.) 50 Points (3 events)
2013 MT Cats AOY

2013 

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.  View the 2013 top five Standings below.  To see the complete FINAL Angler of the Year Standings for 2013 please click HERE.  

1. VACATED 71 Points (4 events)
VACATED 71 Points (3 events)
3. Brady Flaten (Glasgow, MT.) 69 Points (3 events)
4. Bobby Wise (Billings, MT.) 65 Points  (4 events)
Robert Wise (Billings, MT.) 65 Points (3 events)
Unofficial Angler of the Year Standings 2009-2012

Unofficial Angler of the Year Standings 2009-2012

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.  Here are the Top Five from 2009 to 2012:


2012
 

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 
VACATED 49 points 2 events 

2011 

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 


2010
 

1. Nate Molstad (Havre, MT.) 55 points 3 events
2. Chad Dawson (Dickinson, ND.) 44 points 2 events
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
 

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