Above, Anthony Chastain and Donnie Fountain team up to unload their largest catch of the day, a 40.44 catfish. --Tim Reeves
Above, Anthony Chastain and Donnie Fountain team up to unload their largest catch of the day, a 40.44 catfish. -- Tim Reeves

Fishermen find huge catfish during day one of King Kat

Published 9:42pm Friday, April 26, 2013

The numbers of participants in Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail event might have been impacted by recent high water on the Alabama River, the numbers of those catfish caught on the tournament’s first day nearly tipped over the scale.

One catfish wrangled on day one nearly crossed the 50-pound mark, with many others coming in well above 20 pounds.

Taking the lead in the $10,000 Super Event was one led by an Indiana fisherman and a man from Montgomery, who said he is bringing a little “local luck” to the team.

Daniel Lux, from Bedford, Ind., met Montgomery resident Lionel Davis at a boat launch in Beloit earlier in the week. Lux, needing a partner for this weekend’s tournament, asked Davis to tag along. The pairing has worked well as they took hold of the day one lead with a one-day catch of 97.18 pounds.

“We were able to have a good day, a lot better then what I had here last fall during the [King Kat Classic],” Lux said. “The water flow appeared to cooperate better this time.”

Lux, who declined to offer any of the tricks used to land five fish totaling nearly 100 pounds, did say he and Davis saw plenty of large fish Friday and expect to have another day on the tournament’s final day Saturday.

The team holds a six-pound lead over the second place team of Carl Morris Jr. and Sean Martin from Johnstown, Ohio, who had a weigh-in total of 91.08 pounds.

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