National Catfish Derby

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The World Championship of Catfishing, the National Catfish Derby is set for July 9, 2011!

What is increasing in popularity, big money, fun and prestige by leaps and bounds? Catfishing. Especially popular in the South, the sport is beginning to accelerate across the country and is becoming “the” monster fish to catch. It is growing in tournament trail venues and the Mid-South is fortunate enough to have the one event where you can find all the aspects of Catfishing in one great tournament - The National Catfish Derby, The World Championship of Catfishing offered and owned by Ken Freeman of Ken Freeman Outdoor Promotions. This tournament is one of the oldest fishing tournaments in the United States, and is considered to be the granddaddy of all Catfishing tournaments. Unique by any trail standard, The Derby, as it is affectionately known, has some great challenges in many forms. The Derby begins with a 6-week fishing challenge that kicked off June 3 and ends on July 8th. Each week the biggest fish caught and weighed-in will win $100.00. This all culminates on July 9th in Court Square in Downtown Savannah, TN, with the team challenge and crowning of the World Champion. The event has several categories in which to win, which are all special to The Derby. The senior category is for the anglers 55 years old and older with a prize of $250.00. The lady angler division offers a cash prize of $250.00 to the team with the best weigh-in and has a female team member. Don’t forget the young ones also have a chance to participate and win a cash prize in their category of a team with a junior angler of 17 years or younger. Each paid team can add a third person to their team of a lady angler, junior angler or senior angler at no additional charge.  The grand prize of $10,000.00 and the crown of World Champion will be given to the winning team. A total of over $10,000.00 in cash will be doled out. Ken Freeman Outdoor Promotions puts on a fun, family-oriented event with entertainment, prizes and other exhibits all day. Entertainment by Nashville Star’s 2007 winner, Zac Hacker will begin at 1 p.m. and will continue until weigh-in, then Zac will return to the stage following the award ceremony.  Jumpers and games will be available for the public, as well as a free catfish & hush puppies beginning at 2 p.m., sponsored by the Hardin County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Savannah Food Company.  Come watch your favorite team weigh-in their big fish! This great event is something no fisherman wants to miss. With several species of catfish to be caught, the sport is interesting and challenging and all tied up in a unique competitive form offering many opportunities to win. You can get all the details and register to enter at or contact Team Hardin County at 731-925-8181. Ken Freeman stated, “This event is found no where else in the United States and I hope this year is bigger and better than ever. After all, with the tournament held this year in the City of Savannah, the Catfish Capital of the World, the best is yet to come.”