Catfish Chasers tournament

The sixth annual Catfish Chasers tournament will be held on the Missouri River this weekend. Jeffery Miller and Adam Christiansen hold a 95.3 pound catfish caught on the river.

The sixth annual Catfish Chasers tournament will be held on the Missouri River this weekend.

Craig Collings, event organizer, said the event will be held as an overnight tournament and will be launched from St. Joseph.

Collings said the tournament has one of the highest payouts in the country and it is one of the largest catfish tournaments to launch from St. Joseph.

He said there currently are 170 boats that have registered from 10 states.

The event will be launched from the French Bottom Boat Ramp on the Missouri River with fishing beginning at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7. The fish must be weighed-in by 10 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 8.

The winning team this year will receive a 2021 Chevrolet Silverado four-wheel drive truck worth $50,000 or the team can choose a pay-out of $30,000 in cash. The truck will be donated by Victory Chevrolet located in Savannah and Smithville, Missouri and Paola, Kansas.

The team that catches the single biggest fish will win a guaranteed $1,500 and will receive six Big Cat Fever rods. The money awarded to the team with the biggest fish will be provided by Savannah Marine.

The second place team is guaranteed $11,000, the third place team will win $5,100 and the fourth place team will receive $3,500.

All top 10 teams will receive a cash payout of over $1,000.

Collings said there will be a mandatory meeting for participants at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6 at the St. Jo Frontier Casino.

He said at least one member of each team must attend the meeting. A Calcutta auction also will be held at that meeting.

The fish will be weighed-in at 10 a.m. on Aug. 8. The holding tank to view the fish during the weigh-in will be at the parking lot of the Remington Nature Center and it is free for the public to attend.

The event will be catch-and-release only in order to conserve the trophy fish in the river.

The tournament also will offer a limited number of free rod and reels to youth that are in the crowd to promote their involvement in fishing.

Spectators and fishermen can purchase raffle tickets for outdoor equipment at the weigh-in that costs $5 for one ticket or $20 for six tickets.

VanZinos BBQ will be a food vendor during the event.

Teams that are interested in registering are required to sign-up at the mandatory meeting. No more than 200 boats can enter the tournament.

For more information, visit catfishchasers.com or contact Collings by phone at 816-261-9353.