Indiana fisherman wraps up catfish tournament titlePublished 11:15am Sunday, April 28, 2013
Daniel Lux thought he had made a mistake that would end up costing him this weekend’s Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail event in Selma.
Fishing tree tops on the final hole of the day, Lux didn’t notice another tree top at the back of the hole and ended up popping off two fish; two fish that could have made the difference.
Thankfully, the two fish he and his partner Lionel Davis were able to reel in proved to be two monsters, big enough to give them the pounds they needed to win the event. It also proved to be Lux’s — a competitor from Bedford, Ind. — first win on the tour.
“I love fishing, and I love winning,” Lux said. “The money won today will allow me the chance to keep fishing these tournaments for a little while longer. I was starting to wonder if I’d be able to continue.”
The winning portion of the $10,400 purse for Lux was $4,300.
The two-day event that attracted 15 teams from eight states came down to Saturday’s weight totals.
Lux and Davis brought in just two fish Saturday, but the two fish weighted 73.92 pounds, including one catfish tipping the scales at 45.20 pounds.
The two-day total for Lux’s team came to 171.10 pounds, just over eight pounds more than the team of Donnie Fountain and Anthony Chastain of Jasper, Ga.
That team put a tremendous amount of pressure on Lux and Davis, as their total weigh-in on Saturday came to 84.30 pounds, giving them a two-day total of 162.88.
The team from Ohio of Carl Morris Jr. and Sean Martin, the team that won the King Kat Classic held in Selma last fall, had a disappointing day two, brining in just 25.20 pounds. At the end of Friday’s action, the Ohio team was poised to jump past Lux, after they trailed Lux by less than seven pounds.
“That’s why this is called fishing instead of catching,” Martin said after the weigh-in Saturday. “We still had a great time in Selma and great time out there fishing. We always have a good day when we’re on the water fishing.”
But, Morris and Martin didn’t go away empty handed. The team did end the tournament with the largest fish caught during the weekend, with their 49.14 catfish captured Friday.
“I hope another tournament comes back to Selma,” Lux said. “Each time I have come here to fish in these tournaments, I have a great time. I hope Cabela’s and the city of Selma can work out another trip for us here. I know I had a great time and I know others did too.”
The Valley Grande team of Richard and Dorothy Stocks, who found themselves in fifth place after day one, finished the tournament in seventh place, with a two-day total of 61.48 pounds.