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The 48 Hour Tournament started, June 12, 2014 6:00 p.m.
The 2nd Annual "Battle of the Big Cats in Claremore, Oklahoma is in the books! Thanks to our great Sponsors.
More than $10,000 cash and prizes were up for grabs with $5,000 of it going to the team with the heaviest stringer!
The festivities started Saturday noon, June 14 with a variety of vendors stationed around the premises complete with our exciting noodling demonstration tank by the stage. The crowds were spectacular and the staff showed the audience what it is like to lock it up with a giant under water. There was a 12 and under kids groups and a ladies group also. Over 2,000 spectators attended the event.
Claremore Fire Department had the grease fired up at noon and fed several hundred hungry spectactors. Thanks for showing your support! There were also a variety of other food vendors available so several brought their families and appetites. Bleachers were set out in front of the stage this year to provide a great view of the activities on stage. Weigh-in started at 4:00 and teams were lined up to bring their trophies across the stage as our Hooters girls stood by waiting for the official weights to be chalked on the big score board. Our weigh-in coincided with the live music and after each stringer has been weighed our competitors will slide their catch down the water slide off the stage into the designated holding pools for the crowd to see. See the photo gallery page.
Team Eucha, Colby Morrow and her team won the $5,000 with 160.2 pounds of catfish on her three fish stringer.
Finishing in second place Saturday was Tony Norton and Scott and Nick Jett of Team Bite Me from Ratliff City. They won $2,500 for their 146.2-pound stringer. Team Texas, Dakota and Jeff McBride and Jimmy Millsap, took third with a 137.6-pound stringer. Travis Bice of Greenwood, Arkansas took biggest flathead with a 56.8-pounder and Mark Shull grabbed the biggest blue cat, a 34.5-pounder.
Twenty-eight three-person teams entered the contest so 84 hand-fishers hit the water this week, but only 13 teams brought fish to the scales.