Anglers vie for monster cats during Bass Pro Shops First Annual Mississippi River Monsters Catfishing Tournament

August 30, 2016


Anglers vie for monster cats during Bass Pro Shops First Annual Mississippi River Monsters Catfishing Tournament


MEMPHIS, Tenn.  — The first annual Bass Pro Shops Mississippi River Monsters Catfishing Tournament is set for September 9-10, 2016 at the Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid at 1 Bass Pro Drive in Memphis. The event, the first held on the southern waters of the Mississippi River, is expected to draw more than 300 anglers from Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, Colorado, Nebraska, the Carolinas and more.

In addition to being the nation’s largest river, the Mississippi River is home to the greatest number of 100-pound-plus blue catfish nationwide.

“Bass Pro Shops Mississippi River Monsters Catfishing Tournament is the cat’s meow of catfish tournaments,” said professional angler Bill Dance. “This event will take place on America’s biggest river, the Mighty Mississippi right here in my hometown of Memphis, Tennessee where I know of at least 100 pound blues that have been taken, several in the 90’s, numerous 80’s and untold 50 to 70 pounders. All of these fish were released and they’re probably still close by waiting to be caught again.”

The event will feature free seminars, vendor and sponsor exhibits and the tournament weigh-in. The awards ceremony, immediately following the weigh-in, offers more than $60,000.00 in cash prizes including a Tracker Grizzly Boat and a fishing trip with Bill Dance.  Those participants finishing first through 20th place will be awarded cash and prizes with first place garnering $14,000 in cash in addition to prizes. In addition, cash and prizes will be awarded for biggest fish, 100th place, and a no-weight package.

 Friday, September 9, 2016
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM  Catfishing seminars inside Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid.  Topics include: Catfishing techniques: bottom bouncing, anchor fishing, drift fishing and river safety.

 6:30 PM                 Captains meeting inside Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl Gallery
                               (2nd floor of Pyramid)

Saturday, September 10, 2016
3:00 AM                     Line up at check-in point (Mud Island River Park Ramp)

7:00 AM - 3:00 PM    Tournament fishing

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM  Catfishing Expo in front of Pyramid

4:00 PM -                  Weigh In with awards ceremony immediately following

Tournament sponsors include Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Marine, Bill Dance Outdoors, Quantum Fishing, Garmin, Hi-Seas Fishing Line, B ’n’ M Poles, Bottom Dwellers Tackle and more.

For more information about the Bass Pro Shops Mississippi River Monsters Catfishing Tournament, go to

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