After losing last year’s event to Glynn Grogan and Walter Hayes, from far western Kentucky, by a whopping 100-plus pounds, the team hauled in the big prize this year with a stringer of 139 pounds.
Their limit included a 71-pound giant that anchored the stringer.
Six teams managed to boat limits that exceeded 100 pounds this year with Jon Warden of Festus, Missouri, and Joe Dodd of Trenton, Tennessee, taking second place with a catch of 115 pounds.
The team of Phil King and Tim Haynie, from Corinth, Mississippi, pulled in 112 pounds of whiskered fish for third place.
Scott Webb and Dale Kern from Norris City took fourth with a stringer weighing 107 pounds.
Rob Benningfield and Nate Helm from Bowling Green, Kentucky were fifth with a weight of 104 pounds.
Last year’s winners, Grogan and Hayes, fell over 100 pounds short of last year’s incredible limit, but still boated 101 pounds of catfish.
Darryl Masingale said they fished just upstream of Paducah in 35- to 40-feet of water with skip jack and carp heads.
Of the stops on the Cabela’s King Kat Trail this year, only Lake Tawakoni in Texas yielded more fish.
Tawakoni gave up a stringer of 217 pounds and a total of 14 limits exceeding 100 pounds.
The TVA lake combination of Pickwick/Wilson in northern Alabama yielded a 196-pound stringer but only five limits over the century mark.
A few of the stops had winning totals that were dwarfed by single fish that were brought in Saturday.