Carl Morris Jr.  — from Columbus, Ohio — unloads a catfish from his live well during the 2012 Cabela’s King Kat Classic held on the Alabama River in Selma in September. Morris and his fishing partner Sean Martin won the Classic with a two-day total of 206.05 pounds.
Carl Morris Jr. — from Columbus, Ohio — unloads a catfish from his live well during the 2012 Cabela’s King Kat Classic held on the Alabama River in Selma in September. Morris and his fishing partner Sean Martin won the Classic with a two-day total of 206.05 pounds.

King Kat Tournament set for return

Published 6:38pm Saturday, March 23, 2013

Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail will return to Selma for a two-day $10,000 Super Event on the Alabama River April 26-27. This will be Selma’s second time to host the tournament that will give local catfish anglers the opportunity to compete for cash prizes and the chance to advance to the Cabela’s King Kat Classic in September.

The event will be held 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with weigh in at the Selma Marina at 4 p.m. each day. Legal waters for the tournament will be in the Alabama River from the Robert Henry Lock to Miller’s Ferry.

The city of Selma, Dallas County Commission, Chamber of Commerce, Alabama Power Company and First Cahawba Bank are looking forward to welcoming all Cabela’s King Kat anglers and spectators alike to Selma next month.

“The one we had last year was awesome,” Selma Mayor George Evans said. “It was great. They caught fish here that I didn’t even dream possible in our river. As large as they were, I think we’d expect another group to come back.”

In an effort to preserve the sport, part of the tournament rules specifies only live fish will be weighed in and all fish will be released after the tournament.

Evans said the event was very well attended last year, and is looking forward to another successful turnout, noting the tournament has been a very successful investment for the city.

“I’m excited about people coming to Selma and enjoying the hospitality that Selma offers,” he said. “I hope that they come back again, even when the tournament’s not going on.”

To register visit www.kingkatusa.com or call 270-395-6774. Late registration will be held the day before the competition at Carneal Arts Revive from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

In conjunction with the tournament, Cabela’s  is hosting a Free Kids Fishing Rodeo for children ages 12 and under Saturday at the East Selma City Fish Pond.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. All children will receive a prize just for entering.

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