Cabela's King Kat Tournament Trail to Hit the Waters of the Tennessee River

LOUDON COUNTY, Tenn. – The Cabela's King Kat Tournament Trail will hit the waters for a two-day super event April 13-14 on Watts Bar Lake in Loudon, Tennessee.

This is the opportunity for catfish anglers to compete for cash, prizes and a chance to advance to the Cabela's King Kat Classic Championship. This year's Classic Championship will be held Sept. 14-15 on the Ohio River at Jeffersonville, Indiana, and will have a guaranteed payout of $110,000 in cash and prizes.

Registration

Late registration will be held Thursday, April 12, the day before competition 5-7 p.m. at Lions Club Pavilion, 8760 Hwy. 72 N, Loudon, TN. Captains Meeting/Seminar will follow at 7 p.m. Must be a member of the King Kat Association to fish this event. A one-year membership is $30. To pre-register, visit www.KingKatUSA.com or call 502-384-5924. Legal waters for the event will be Watts Bar Lake on the Tennessee River.

Weigh-In Site

The tournament weigh-in will be held 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Riverside Park, 99 Ferry Street, Loudon, TN. All anglers must be in the weigh-in line by 4 p.m. with a five fish limit per team. To help preserve the sport only live fish will be weighed in and all fish will be released after the tournament. For a complete list of rules visit www.KingKatUSA.com or phone Cabela's King Kat Headquarters at 502-384-5924.

Sponsor and Host Lodging for this Event

Loudon County Visitors Bureau & City of Loudon, TN, would like to welcome all Cabela's King Kat anglers and their guest and hope they take the opportunity to enjoy the many attractions in the area. For more information about the city, call 865-986-6822, 865-458-2033 or visit www.VisitLoudonCounty.com, www.CityofLoudonTN.org. Host lodging for the event will be LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 12400 Hwy. 72 N, Loudon, TN 865-657-0050, special $89 KingKat Rate; and Inn of Loudon, 12452 Hwy. 72 N, Loudon, TN 865-458-5669, special KingKat rate of $56.86. The number of rooms may be limited. It is recommended that participants make their reservations early.

Free Kids Fishing Rodeo

In conjunction with the tournament, the Cabela's King Kat Tournament Trail will hold the Cabela's King Kat Kids event April 14 at Riverside Park, 99 Ferry Street, Loudon, TN. The event is free of charge and open to all youth 12 and younger. Sign up is 8-9 a.m. with the Kid's Fishing Event starting 9-11 a.m. All children will receive a prize just for entering. Bring your favorite rod, reel and bait and show your true fishing ability. All children must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Prizes for winners will be given in two age groups, 0-7 and 8-12. The event is free to all children 12 and under, with all participants eligible for a chance to win one of the six, Outdoor Promotions $1,000 scholarships.

Outdoor Promotions and anglers have contributed $350,000 to the "Kids" Scholarships since 1997.

For more information, visit www.KingKatUSA.com.

National sponsors include Cabela's, Adventure Products EGO Nets, RigRap, B 'n' M Poles, Minn Kota, Mercury Marine, Mustad Hooks, Driftmaster Rodholders, Gamma Line, Humminbird Electronics, World Fishing Network-WFN, Rippin' Lips, Cat River Anchors, Sunsect Sunscreen & Insect Repellent, Humminbird Lakemaster Maps, Digital EFX Wraps, Tentology, Gill Rainwear, Catfish Now, Whisker Wear, The Original Clearboard, Extreme Bait Systems and Katfish Clothing.

About Loudon County

With the Smoky Mountains in sight and a vast network of lakes and rivers in its midst, Loudon County, Tennessee, offers both adventure and respite for the many visitors it welcomes each year. Known as the Lakeway to the Smokies, more and more people are discovering this as a destination in itself, full of beautiful scenery, a multitude of activities and friendly hosts. Whether on the waters of Tellico Lake or the Tennessee River, or on the miles of hiking and biking trails that surround them, outdoor enthusiasts can find their place here. Boating, fishing and kayaking are all popular ways to enjoy the beautiful Tennessee waterways and the million-dollar view of the Smokies. Lenoir City and Loudon each have unique shopping and dining spots and locals who love to show off their Southern hospitality. Walking tours along these streets share area highlights and history. Those interested in learning even more about the region's past will find there is much to discover here. Loudon County's Highway 321, is the most scenic and least congested route to the Smokies from I-75 and I-40 East. Celebrations on the water, like Rockin' the Docks festivals, mark the arrival of summer, as does the Lenoir City Arts & Crafts Festival, now in its 56th year. And many anxiously await the thrill that comes with the return of the Haunted House at Dead Man's Farm each fall.  There are so many ways to enjoy this exciting, welcoming destination. Plan now to experience the Lakeway to the Smokies.

Media Contact:

Rachel Baker

Visit Loudon County

Office: 865-986-6822

Mobile: 731-607-6872

 

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