John's Journal... Entry 146, Day 1
KING CAT TOURNAMENT
Chester Bumgardener's Winning Tactics
EDITOR'S NOTE: Chester Bumgardener, 52, from Huntingdon, Tennessee, has been fishing for cats for 45 years. He and his partner Ricky Crider won the 2002 King Cat/Boatel Tournament in May on the Tennessee River's Pickwick Lake on the Mississippi/Tennessee/Alabama border.
QUESTION: Tell me about fishing conditions today.
QUESTION: Do you normally catch catfish below
QUESTION: What kinds of places were you looking
for to fish?
QUESTION: Why did you think the cats would hold
QUESTION: How deep did you catch your catfish?
QUESTION: How big was the other cat? Or did he
catch both big cats?
QUESTION: What were you using for bait?
QUESTION: Were you anchored down on this place?
QUESTION: So how did you fish if you weren't anchored?
QUESTION: So you just drifted with the current?
QUESTION: Tell me how you were rigged starting
at the main line. What pound of test line did you use?
QUESTION: What kind of lead did you have?
QUESTION: Were you fishing a double-hook rig?
QUESTION: What size hooks were you using?
QUESTION: Why were you only fishing single hooks
instead of doubles?
QUESTION: How many cats did you catch today?
QUESTION: Out of 32 contestants, only 12 brought
in weighing limits. What do you think made the difference in you both
winning today and catching 50 pounds more than the closest contestant?
QUESTION: Do you think everybody else was fishing
downriver? Was anyone else fishing up in the lake?
QUESTION: What made the place you and your partner
fished special? Why were the fish there?
QUESTION: Was there anything particular about
the spot you fished?
QUESTION: Were you fishing the stump rows or stumps
on the edge of the main river channel?
QUESTION: How did you know the stumps where there?
Did you use a depth finder?
QUESTION: Could you see the stumps on the depth
QUESTION: How many times did you break your line
To learn more about fishing below the dam at Pickwick, contact the Hardin County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at email@example.com, call 731-925-8181 or 800-552-3866, or visit www.tourhardincounty.org. Pickwick Landing State Park offers fishing, boating, hiking, camping, swimming and golf. Lodging includes the lakeside inn with over 100 rooms, cabins that sleep eight and a campground that contains 48 sites with grill and electric/water hookup at each site. A restaurant at the park offers delicious southern cuisine. Call 731-689-3135 or 800-250-8615 to learn more.
TOMORROW: RICKY CRIDER'S BIG FISH