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Dec. 21 Gray's Tackle Fall Team Trail, Pickwick, Wilson and Wheeler lakes, 6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Weigh-in at Fleet Harbor boat ramp, Muscle Shoals. Entry fee, $50 per team. Optional lunker fee, $10. For more details, call Gray's Tackle, Sheffield, 256-383-2716.

King KatAt most lakes, anglers are excited when they catch a catfish that tips the scales at 50 pounds or more.  At Pickwick and Wilson lakes in Alabama, anglers are disappointed if they fail to catch at least one 50-pounder when they go fishing for "big cats".  

Many of the top catfish anglers in the country will converge on Pickwick and Wilson lakes to fish for big catfish in the spring of 2014 when the Cabela's King Kat tournament series makes a stop there on April 12.

Anglers can fish either lake. Tournament hours are from 6:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. The weigh-in will be at Riverfront Park in Sheffield. The host hotel is Jameson Inn in Sheffield.  

Darrell Van Vactor, president of the King Kat tournament series, said Pickwick and Wilson lakes are known around the world as some of the best places to catch big catfish.  

"We see big catfish caught at other lakes where we hold tournaments, but we never see the number of big catfish being weighed in that we do when we come to Sheffield," Van Vactor said. "We love coming to Pickwick and Wilson. They are awesome catfish lakes."  

For more details on the tournament call Cabela's King Kat at 270-395-4204 or Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau at 256-383-0783.

And the winners are...

Adam Neill, a senior at Florence High School, caught five bass weighing 16.86 pounds Saturday to win the senior division of the Timmy Horton High School Bass Angler...s Challenge 2012 fishing tournament on Pickwick Lake. His prize, a $3,000 college scholarship.

"As much as it costs to go to college now, any help you receive to help pay your tuition mean a lot. To fish in a bas...s tournament that didn't cost a dime to enter and go home with a $3,000 scholarship is a tremendous help," Neill said. He plans to major in business and marketing at Alabama.

The tournament, which was organized by Horton, a professional angler from Muscle Shoals, and the Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau, offered $20,000 in college scholarships to students in grades 7-12.


Zeke Gossett, a sophomore at Pell City High School, won a $2,500 scholarship for finishing second in the senior division with a 15.72 pounds catch. Ethan Rickard, a senior at Florence High finished third with 15.35 pounds and won a $1,500 scholarship. Rickard, also won a $500 scholarship for catching the largest bass in the senior division, a 6.66-pound largemouth. Rickard, who will attend the University of North Alabama in the fall, said the tuition assistance will help. "Every penny I get to help pay my tuition is welcomed," he said. Andrew Warbington, a home school student from Northport, finished fourth in the senior division with 14.64 pounds and received a $700 scholarship. Jonathan Peters, of Central High in Florence, won a $300 scholarship for his fifth-place finish. Austin Brown, a 7th grader at Plainview School won the junior division with a 14.57-pound catch. He said the money will help, but he is unsure where he will attend college. "I've still got a long time to decide where I want to go to school."

The junior division was for students in grades 7-9.

Garrett Jones, a freshman at Hartselle High finished second in junior division with 13.67 pounds. He received a $2,500 scholarship. Jacob Jefferys, a Muscle Shoals freshman, was third with 10.48 pounds. He won a $1,500 scholarship. Jackson Ross Napier won a $700 scholarship for finishing fourth among the juniors. Colton Cox of Russellville won a $300 scholarship for finishing fifth. The top schools based on the combined weight of their top five anglers were Hartselle, Muscle Shoals, Florence, Belgreen and Russellville.

Highlights of the tournament will be broadcast on Pursuit Channel later this spring.



River_Rumble_bass_tournament.jpg       Levi Rodgers, boat captain Tyler Cole, and Joshua Burcham with Rodgers and Cole's winning catch in the Red Warrior River Rumble bass tournament

Levi Rodgers and Joshua Burcham of Phil Campbell High School won student angler division of the Red Warrior River Rumble on Pickwick Lake with a 10.01 pounds catch.

Trent Gonzalez and Brent Gonzalez of Phil Campbell finished second with 8.55 pounds followed by Dakota Mansell and Cade Baker, also of Phil Campbell, with 8.52 pounds.

Kevin Hill of Phil Campbell won boat captains division.

Jeff and David Suratt won the adult division with 15.16 pounds followed by David Whitten and Brent Butler with 12.77 pounds and Cameron Gautney and Mitch Mitchell with 12.28 pounds.


Pickwick/Wilson Lake Fishing Guide

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