holds two of the major catfish tournaments that are held on the
Santee-Cooper Lakes systems every year. These two tournaments are
the State Championship Tournament held in March and The National
Championship which is held in September. The 2007 State Championship
was held March 24th & 25th.
MYRTLE BEACH ANGLER
WINS BIG FISH AT RANDOLPH'S LANDING 2007 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Randolph's Landing, Owner, Nick Lucas (left) awards 1st Place Big
Fish Trophy to Scott McIntyre ( middle) and Ron McIntyre of Myrtle
Randolph's Landing, Manning,
S.C. March 25, 2007- Randolph's
Landing's Nick and Lena Lucas, held their 2007 State Championship Catfish Tournament,
March 24 & 25th. Anglers came from as far away as New York,
Ohio, Maryland, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida. Over 90 teams
pre-registered with 87 teams blasting off AT 7:30 A.M. for the spring tournament.
The weather was warm with temperatures reaching into the 80's
Saturday afternoon and mild winds. The warming water temperatures
were 68 F-69 F degrees and the lake was colored with thick
The Tackle Shop opened
at 5 a.m. to accommodate the fishermen. Randolph's Restaurant served
hungry appetites favorites opening up before sunrise. "Chop Chop"
cooked up a fabulous pork bbq with cole slaw that many enjoyed.
For the first time the
State Championship was a Cabela's KING KAT Qualifier.
This means the 1st & 2nd Total Weight place winners qualified
for The Cabela's KING KAT Classic to be held on Milford Lake,
Milford, Kansas on Sept. 7 & 8, 2007. In the case that the
1st or 2nd Place team Total Weight Winners had already qualified the
opportunity would go to the next winning team. The winning anglers
qualifying from Randolph's were the team of Mike Walden from
Marshville, NC and the team of Joe Tatum from Pineville, SC. They will
be fishing for a guaranteed purse of $60,000
in cash and prizes paid to 10% of the field. 1st Place
will take home a Polar Kraft 2096
w/ Suzuki 90hp 4-Stroke, Minn Kota Trolling
Motor, Humminbird Locator - Valued over $22,000
+$2,000 Cash. 2nd Place will receive a Polar Kraft 2096
w/ Suzuki 90hp 4-Stroke, Minn Kota Trolling
Motor, Humminbird Locator - Valued over $22,000.
The Big Cat Award of $1,000 in
cash and prizes will go to the largest fish of the
Cabela’s Classic. An Awards Banquet will be held
Saturday night FREE to all participants. In the
event the Classic Field is over 120 boats, payback will increase
accordingly. (Example: A 200 boat field will raise the purse to
$75,000.00 in cash and prizes.
For complete information visit
There was 100% Cash Payback in The Top Ten Places in 2
categories- Big Fish & Total Weight.
And the winners are:
|1st Place BF~ Scott McIntyre and Ron McIntyre of
Myrtle Beach, SC weighed in their winning 46.7 lb flathead catfish
at 6 a.m. Sunday morning. They took home $1740 for their Biggest
Also for The Big Fish Pot they took 1st Place winning $1260! Not a
bad day of fishing!
|2nd Place- BF Team of Alad Hayes., Mark Hamilton,
Marshall Hamilton, and Raymond McCarthy. Hayes 44.7 lb
flathead held the lead Saturday until Scot & Ron McIntyre weighed
in Sunday morning, They took home $870.
|3rd Place Big Fish Team of Tracey Setzer, Omar
Edward, and Chris Setzer from Claremont, NC won $652 with a 43.5
|4th Place Big Fish was caught by Mike Walden of
Marshville NC weighing in at 40.0 and winning $435.
|5th Place Big Fish- Team of Ed Morgan and
Chris Bryant of Rentz, Ga. This team
also caught the 1st fish of the tournament at 8:30 a.m. out
of Red Bank using cut bait. At 9:07 a.m. Sat. morning, they
weighed in a
39.6 catfish winning $217.
|6th Place Big Fish -Team of
Wallace Peake from Blythewood, SC
weighed in a 38.9 fish.
|7th Place Big Fish was 38.5 lbs. caught by the
team of Brandon Barnett and Mark Smith, from Greensboro, NC.
|8th Place Big Fish was 37.9 caught by Tony Hall
from Waco, Kentucky winning $87.
|9th Place Big Fish - 37.0 caught by Mark Stanley
of Chesterfield, SC took him home $87.
|10th Place Big Fish- Team of Joe Tatum and Ronnie
Owen from Pineville SC weighing in at 36.4. and winning $87.
They were also The Catch & Release Big Fish Pot 10th Place Winner
They caught their fish using shad head.
TOTAL WEIGHT WINNERS
|1st Place Total Weight
Monty Hill from Covington, Georgia (left) and Tony Hall
from Waco, Kentucky (center) with a winning total weight of 169.5.
They caught their fish in the lower lake using herring.
|2nd Place Total Weight- Team of Mike Walden, Eric
Rummay and Bobby Mills from NC weighed in 162.4 lbs of Santee
Cooper Catfish. They caught their fish in the deep water in
the upper lake with live bait, bream and perch.
qualified for the Cabela's KING KAT Classic.
|3rd Place Total Weight- Team of Tracey Setzer,
Omer Edwards and Chris Setzer from Claremont, NC brought in 141.4
lbs. winning $652.
|4th Place Total Weight- Joe Tatum
and Ronnie Owen from Pineville SC weighed in 128.9
lbs. took home$435, and qualified for the Cabela's KING KAT
|5th Place Total Weight- Wallace Peake from
Blythewood, SC came in with 127.7 lbs winning $217.
|7th Place Total Weight- Ron and Scott McIntyre of
Myrtle Beach, SC with 118.0 lbs. winning $87.
|8th Place Total Weight- Team of Randy Reinheardt
of Catawba, NC and Tony Hollar of Claremont, NC weighed in 116.1
lbs winning $87.
|9th Place Total Weight- Team of Wayne Estes,
Robbie McCoy, and Alan Kerley of Statesville, NC - 115.4 lbs.
10th Place Total Weight -Team of Mark Stanley, Neil Stanley, James
Rollins, and Jimmy Morton all from SC- 108.6 lbs. winning $87.
"I would like to thank everyone for coming," said Nick
Lucas. "This was a great tournament. We had really good weather. I would
like to thank all of our sponsors and those businesses that supported the
tournament. The 2007 State Championship Catfish Tournament
sponsors are: C. J. 's Marine, LCCR Welding, Captain Eddie Campbell's
Fishing Guide Service
http://www.scbigcats.com , Palmetto Gas, Rigby Oil, Waters Way Liquor
& Market, The Nicholas Agency, Scott's Fast Break, Elloree Realty Lake
http://www.elloreerealtylakemarionproperties.com , Budweiser &
Thank you to Model~
www.newfaces.com/jasminew from Asheville, NC to draw out the great door prizes.
And to Photographer, Nick Adams of
Nick Admas (lft) thanks all for
coming and sets tournament date for the National for Sept. 22 & 23 as
Carole Hinten (center ) and Jasmine (rt) get ready to give out Door
Prizes. Photo by Nick Adams
Palmetto Gas has been a long
time supporter of the State Championship Catfish Tournament. Thank you to Torey Filyaw
who gave a turkey fryer.
Thank you to Rigby Oil who gave a lucky angler a $100 Free Gas
We appreciate C. J' s Marine, Jimmy and Connie Kelly.
Jimmy made house calls on 2 boats after engine troubles and the anglers
were back on the lake to finish the event. C. J.' s also donated a
pair of rod holders made by
http://www.fishinwithred.com/ . These line of patented fishing rod
holders are for dock fishing, fishing from shore, fishing from your boat
or for fishing from sandy beaches or jagged jetties. For more information
call C. J.' s at 803-478-8103.
Southern Holiday RV was there and gave away a fishing
Carole Hinten (lft) and Jasmine (rt) gave out the Door Prizes
Photos by Nick Adams
Thanks also goes to Ronnie Tobias of The Archery Shop & River Road
Grocery who donated a Bow Case. Black River Tools gave a pair of their latest Driftmaster design
rod holders. C & J's Tradin Post, of
Eutawville, donated a Brim Buster and
weather break. River's Country Store of Santee supported the
tournament by donating a Zebco 33 Rod n Reel as a door prize. The 260 Quick Stop gave a pound of BBQ
and Hick's Inc. donated a knife set and mug assortment.
Photos by Nick Adams
We were pleased to see so many releasing their fish.
It's one small way of preserving our sport. Thank you to those anglers who
donated their fish to the Turbeville Christian Orphanage. Some fishermen
donated their fish who weren't even fishing the tournament. I'm sure
they'll enjoy them and appreciate it very much.
We will be holding the National Championship September
22 & 23rd. We're please to announce that that tournament will be a
Cabela's KING KAT Qualifier for their next season tournament trail. We
hope to see you all there."
Media Contact: Carole Lee Hinten 803-492-7554 or