8/16/14 Williston, ND – Another memorable Catfish Clash weekend is in books! This past Saturday, forty five teams gathered around the Missouri River at Lewis and Clark Bridge in Williston, ND for the 4th Annual Missouri River Catfish Clash. The Montana Catfish Association once again hosted the event, and for the 4th year in a row, a record number of teams competed.
This year’s tournament kicked off at 9 a.m. on a gloomy Saturday morning, as teams set off on their eight hour adventure to try and be crowned tournament champions. Along with the gloomy weather, teams experienced a steady climb in the flow of the river throughout the day. Several competitors commented that the storm front moving in overnight rendered nearly all their pre-fishing that they had accomplished the previous few days useless.
As five o’clock was rapidly approaching so was a severe thunderstorm. With more and more anglers returning to the Lewis and Clark Bridge Recreation Area; they also brought a few rain drops in with them. However, after a few baskets of Missouri River catfish were weighed the sun started shining, allowing the popular event to finish with hardly a cloud in sight.
No matter if it’s your first catfish tournament or you’re a veteran on the Montana Cats Circuit, weigh-ins are always an action-packed event! Anglers brought their baskets up one by one to determine their fate. Having weights ranging from just below a pound to over thirty pounds of fish, amazingly 22 of the 45 teams brought in over 19 pounds of fish. The crowd was excited and restless to see the final results. After adding up the totals and sorting through all the teams the results were in. With a surprising two pound difference between each of the top teams, first place went to Bryon Armour and Ty Thomas both of Lewistown, MT with a grand total weight of 36.53 pounds. Second place, with a weight of 34.53 pounds, went to Rod Seder of Billings, MT and Rob Seder of Hardin, MT. Coming in third were area anglers Brady Mueller and Brandon Mueller of Sidney, MT with a weight of 32.91 pounds. Bryon Armour also took home the Big Fish title with a sumo cat weighing in at 14.63 pounds. The fish was caught early in the tournament and had to be kept alive through the entire eight hour fishing day. In addition to taking the Big Fish title, Bryon Armour also broke the record for the biggest catfish ever caught in a Montana Cats Circuit event. Nice work Bryon!
This year’s Missouri River Catfish Clash also got the privilege of handing out the B ‘n’ M Angler of the Year award. This award goes to the angler that has accumulated the most points throughout this season’s Montana Catfish Association tournament circuit. The circuit leaderboard was extremely close coming into the weekend, meaning it would all come down to the angler who performed the best at the Clash. On the heels of his 3rd place finish in the Clash, a big celebration broke out in the crowd as Brady Mueller of Sidney, MT found out that he would be taking home the 2nd ever B ‘n’ M Angler of the Year trophy by scoring an impressive 60 points throughout the summer’s catfish circuit. Following close behind with 56 points was Blake Gauer of Park City, MT. Congratulations to all the competitors that competed in any or all of the Montana Catfish Association tournaments this year.
A BIG thanks is also reserved for all the sponsors and everyone who helped make this a great year for the Montana Catfish Association. On behalf of Montana Cats, we hope to see all of you back for the Clash next year and break another record by filling this tournament at 60 teams for the very first time. Go ahead and pencil in Friday August 15th, 2015 for the annual Calcutta of the fishing teams at the Four Mile Bar and the 5th Annual Missouri River Catfish scheduled for the following day on Saturday August 16th, 2015! See you on the water.
Pictures for this event can be found here.
|Bryan Armour||14.63 lbs.||New Tournament Record|
|Todd Dooley||9.49 lbs.|
|1.||Bryan Armour and Ty Thomas – Lewistown MT.||36.53 lbs.|
|2.||Rod Seder – Billings MT and Rob Seder – Hardin MT.||34.53 lbs.|
|3.||Brady Mueller and Brandon Mueller Sidney, MT.||32.91 lbs.|
|4.||Steve Harris and Carl Wendorff Sidney MT.||31.48 lbs.|
|5.||Chad Mueller and Kyle Mueller – Sidney, MT.||31.44 lbs.|
|6.||Nate Molstad – Havre, MT and Brady Flaten Glasgow MT.||31.28 lbs.|
|7.||Zachary Kjos and Shelby Weltikol Williston ND.||30.87 lbs.|
|8.||Brenner Flaten – Wright, WY and Cole Plouffe Glendive MT.||30.07 lbs.|
|9.||Blake Gauer – Billings, MT and Steve Harris Jr. – Sidney,MT.||26.4 lbs.|
|10.||Bobby and Robert Wise – Billings,MT.||25.85 lbs.|
|11.||Troy Cotter and Mike Licking – Sidney, MT.||24.71 lbs.|
|12.||Eddie White and Kendal Lee Billings MT.||24.62 lbs.|
|13.||Scott Schmidt and Shane Litten Sidney MT.||24.23 lbs.|
|14.||Jake Smith and Travis Nebiker – Williston, ND.||23.58 lbs.|
|15.||Kelly Sanders and Tyler Hendrex Williston ND.||22.38 lbs.|
|16.||Randy Franco and Nick Fortier Billings MT.||22.07 lbs.|
|17.||Todd Dooley and Randy Hurst – Sidney MT.||21.92 lbs.|
|18.||James Decker – Sidney, MT and Steve Lowery – Fairview, MT.||20.62 lbs.|
|19.||CJ Truesdale and John Brunbach Sidney MT.||19.95 lbs.|
|20.||Micah Mersinger and Gary Mersinger Williston ND.||19.5 lbs.|
|21.||Justin King Sidney MT and Derek Carda Sidney MT.||19.25 lbs.|
|22.||Scott Ludwig and James Bergeron Sidney MT.||19.0 lbs.|
|23.||Eric Ersland and Levi Jones Williston ND.||15.34 lbs.|
|24.||Clint Hecker and Courtney Hecker Sidney MT.||13.61 lbs.|
|25.||Jake Aune and Shawn Wersal Glasgow MT.||11.65 lbs.|
|26.||Blaine Stevens and Tyler Colebank Williston ND.||11.58 lbs.|
|27.||Mindy Degenstein and Matt Degenstein Williston ND.||10.48 lbs.|
|28.||Mark Otoole and Tami Otoole Sidney MT.||9.9 lbs.|
|29.||Chuck Buxbaum and Kerry O’Dell Sidney MT.||8.02 lbs.|
|30.||Alex Vournas and Nick Hardenbrook Williston ND.||7.61 lbs.|
|31.||Darin Eschenbacher and Jim Wenzel Sidney MT.||5.36 lbs.|
|32.||Pete Windsor Sidney Mt and Chance Windsor Billings MT.||3.7 lbs.|
|33.||Bruce Ward and Matt Carter Williston ND.||2.92 lbs.|
|34.||Pat Gustafson and Brent Harris – Sidney, MT.||1.52 lbs.|
|35.||Scott Merrill Glendive MT and Jameson Lee Williston ND.||1.35 lbs.|
|36.||Josh Montgomery and Donovin O’neil Williston ND.||1.06 lbs.|
|37.||Ashley Harris and Melissa Sanders – Sidney,MT.||0.64 lbs.|
|38.||Michael Turner and Nate Sloan Williston ND.||0.47 lbs.|
|39.||Ben and Jeff Unterseher – Glendive MT.||0.0 lbs.|
|Josh Beagle and Jeff Blake – Sidney, MT.||0.0 lbs.|
|George Stuckers and Kyle Mclain Billings MT.||0.0 lbs.|
|Corey Nay and Kara Nay Sidney MT.||0.0 lbs.|
|Josh Woodward and Stacey Woodward Epping ND.||0.0 lbs.|
|Travis Gniffke and Monica Gniffke Williston ND.||0.0 lbs.|
|45.||Mike Ramsay and Walter Ramsay Williston ND.||0.0 lbs.|
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