Central Illinois welcomes Cabela’s King Kat Tournament to the Illinois River

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PEKIN, Ill.– Peoria and Pekin welcomed fishermen to the area for the 2019 Cabela’s King Kat Tournament.

The tournament goes Friday through Saturday. Nearly 50 fishing teams are coming to the area from states all across the country. There’s $30,000 and the top 20 teams all get a cut, with first-place receiving a $10,000 points payout.

WMBD’s Matt Sheehan went out on a boat with fishermen this morning, who say this tournament’s the place to be.

“We work with the city of Peoria, city of Pekin, Ray Dennison Chevrolet, Cabela’s King Kat. We’re able to get a 2-day super event running for a lot of prizes, a lot of money. I’ve got probably 50 boats coming in from all different directions. West, south, north, east, you name it!” said Danny Sapp, Ray Dennison Chevrolet sponsored fisherman in the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament.

“There will be gentlemen as far as Beardstown all the way up to Spring Valley. We run probably about 70 miles. We got boats that’ll be on this water, they’re beating up the water pretty good the last few days, here trying to get bait, pre-fishing,” Sapp said.

Sheehan road in a boat with Jerry and Noah Ishcomer from Jackson, Texas who have been fishing for the last two months straight.

The King Kat Trail began in Dixon, Illinois at the beginning of June and ends in Grand Rivers, Kentucky on Sept. 21.

There’s an after party at 4:00 p.m. on Friday after the fishermen put their fish on the scales.

There will be live music, food, and drinks.

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