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The CatMasters Championship Moves on to the Final Day in Alabama

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First day at Catmasters Championship sees beautiful fishing weather after threatening tornadoes a day earlier.

The CatMasters Classic anglers experience nearby tornadoes on Thursday. It would have been the first day of the tournament but was canceled for safety reasons. After those tornadoes and inclement weather blew through the anglers began day-one on Friday with livewell checks beginning at 4:00 am. As the sun rose the anglers were greeted with sunny skies and 4 mph winds—a beautiful day for fishing.

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Dale Russell Lowe and his son Chase teamed up with Joey Baird to fish the CatMasters Championship in Alabama. They qualified on day one and joined 42 other teams to compete on the final day.

Seventy-six teams registered for the tournament and about half fished day one on Guntersville Lake and the other half fished on Wilson Lake. A simultaneous live stream from each location entertained the anglers who could not be there in person. They witnessed the top 15 teams weighing more than 100 pounds each on day one. The total weight crossing the scales for the day was 4,750.73 pounds.

Team Shugart weighed the heaviest bag on day one with 130.95 pounds. Their bag included the Big Fish of the day from Guntersville Lake at 79.70 pounds.

Close behind was the team of Scott Cress and Carl Crone with 129.11 pounds. They fished Guntersville to find the fish that moved them on to the championship on day two.

The third heaviest weight went to Team Fountain with 125.15 pounds. They had a 55-pound blue that was Big Fish on day one from Wilson Lake.

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Stacey Gaston and team are shown here bringing fish to the weigh-in on Wilson Lake. Their weight qualified them for the final day.


In all, 34 teams qualified on day one and 8 Fast Pass teams make up the 42 team field that will shoot it out for the Championship on Saturday, March 26, 2021. All weights are zeroed out as day two begins with a livewell check at Ingalls Harbor in Decatur, AL. The Championship competition commences on Wheeler Lake and ends with an indoor weigh-in back at the pavilion at Ingalls Harbor.

Catfish fans can tune in at 3:30 for the live-streamed weigh-in. Fans can also follow the live results on the leader board at American Catfishing Association (ACA) website by clicking here.

Good luck to all the Championship anglers and thank you to the CatMasters’ crew for organizing a great tournament that positively supports the catfish community.

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