Catfish anglers from several states will travel to Paducah for a King Kat Tournament Trail event, set for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 23-24 at the riverfront.
Local and traveling anglers will be vying for cash, prizes and an opportunity to compete at the 2019 King Kat Classic, which will feature a guaranteed payout of $120,000 in cash and prizes.
The Paducah event will be testing their catfishing skills against other anglers and whatever Mother Nature has in store.
Teams may consist of one or two anglers, with a third allowed if the angler is under the age of 16 or over 65 years of age. Early registration can be accomplished on the King Kat website at https://www.kingkatusa.com/Tournament_Registration.cfm.
Teams may also enter by calling 502-384-5924 or by entering at the mandatory pre-tournament seminar on the night before the tournament begins. Late entries are subject to a $25 late fee.
Participating anglers must be a member of the King Kat Association (KKA). Membership is $30 for adults and $15 for spouse and youth memberships. Other membership levels are outlined on the King Kat website.
Each membership will include a subscription to the official publication of the King Kat Association.
A pre-tournament seminar will be held the day before the tournament at Paducah's Days Inn, located at 3901 Hinkleville Rd. Sign up will begin at 5 p.m.
The seminar and national sponsor fieldtest product drawing starts at 7 p.m.
This seminar is open to the public. Those individuals not fishing the event are encouraged to attend and meet top catfish anglers from several different states.
The tournament weigh-in will be held on Saturday at the foot of Broadway ramp at the end of Broadway beginning at 3 p.m. This is the perfect opportunity for non-competitors to learn how the big ones are caught.
A free catfish kids fishing rodeo will be held in conjunction with the tournament. Kids can sign up on Saturday morning, Aug. 24 at Noble Park, located at 2801 Park Ave. in Paducah.
Sign up is from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. with fishing from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.
For more information on the championship and other King Kat activities, visit their website at www.kingkatusa.com. Anglers can also follow the trail on the King Kat Facebook Page.