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CROSS -- A total of 62 teams from 12 states converged on the Santee Cooper Lakes on March 10 to compete for more than $15,000 and a chance to enter Cabela's King Kat Classic Sept. 14-15 on the Ohio River at Jeffersonville, Indiana, which will have a guaranteed payout of $110,000 in cash and prizes.

The weather was much better than at past tournaments. However, with a wind shift from the north to the south, many fishermen reported having a tough day, with the bite shutting down after 10 a.m.

Many came to watch the weigh-in at Black's Camp in Cross, which has hosted by Kevin Davis. Davis has been a huge supporter of keeping the Santee Cooper Lakes' fisheries healthy and bringing back catfish and other species of fish.

“You all have come a long way to fish waters you have never fished before," Davis told the anglers.

He added, "These lakes have made a major comeback, not just the bass but other species as well. I applaud ya'll. Thanks.”

Trevor Nederhoff of Calera, Alabama and Josh Brown of Rainbow City, Alabama took first place in this year's tournament, weighing in five fish with a total weight of 148.30 pounds.

The biggest fish caught during the King Kat Classic was a 56.66-pound Arkansas blue landed by David Stanley of Madison, North Carolina.

Only two flatheads were weighed in, with all the others being blues.

This year for the first time, Facebook Live made it possible for those unable to be at the tournament to watch the anglers bring in the monster fish. 

For complete tournament results, visit https://www.kingkatusa.com/.

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