It’s not exactly set up as a tournament of champions, but the 14th annual Glasgow Catfish Classic sure looks like it will be just that.
In the 13 previous tournaments, 10 different teams have taken home the title of best catfish duo. Seven of those teams are still together and are in the tournament field on Saturday. An eighth championship duo, Cole Plouff and Mitch McIntyre in 2006, are in the tournament but are now with other partners.
“It’s quite simply the best field we’ve had,” said tournament director Brenner Flaten.
It could have even been stronger if Flaten did not give up participating in the tournament in order to run it. He teamed up with his brother Jason in 2003-04 for back-to-back titles before putting down the fishing line and picking up the full-time tournament reins.
Last year’s champions, Gage Gordon and MacKenzie Reid, return to defend their title from the 80-team field, including three-time champions, Nate and Jerry Molstad. The Molstad mates won three titles in four years between 2007-10. Only Don Resseguie and Kevin Durrell’s win in 2008 split the Molstad’s run. In 2011, Luke Morehouse and Calvin Kemmis brought in the largest weight. In 2005, it was another Morehouse, Adam, who brought home the title alongside Kirk Boyer.
In 2002, it was Todd Young and Matt Tribby who scored the top weight. In the inaugural tournament in 2000, Brady Flaten and Jason Molstad won the title. The only championship team without any involvement in the tournament this year is 2001 winners Josh Thompson and James Schultz.
Last year’s tournament saw records fall all night, as Gordon and Reid reeled in a giant weight of 51.60 pounds, shattering the old record of 40.95 set in 2010. Gordon’s haul included the biggest single fish in the history of the tournament, as well, a 17.64-pound mammoth. Gordon’s second biggest fish, a 12.6-pounder, would have also set the record.
In a change from last year, the tournament now starts at 4 p.m. instead of 5, giving fishers a full eight hours on the river.
The tournament Calcutta and street dance will be on Front Street once again, starting at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Full Tournament Roster:
1. Lucas Partridge, Sidney - Chris Partridge, St. Marie
2. Ashley Harris, Sidney - Fran Syth, Sidney
3. Allan Harrington, Glasgow - Tara Harrington, Glasgow
4. James Kelly, Three Forks - Charles Buxbaum, Sidney
5. Randy Elletson, Glasgow - DJ Elletson, Glasgow
6. Jessica Hallock, Nashua - Jesse Nickels, Nashua
7. Luke Morehouse, Glasgow - Calvin Kemmis, Glasgow
8. Brien Gault, Glasgow - Autumn Gault, Glasgow
9. Mitch McIntyre, Glasgow MT. - Spencer Marsh, Glasgow
10. Kyle Watson, Dickinson, ND. - Colton Hill, Dickinson, ND.
11. Doug Mahlum, Great Falls - Nathan Wiens, Great Falls
12. Mike Turner, Williston, ND. - Duane Turner, Glasgow
13. Cowboy Murch, Glasgow - Mike Hlad, Glasgow
14. Joel Smith, Glasgow - Marc Kloker, Glasgow
15. Scott Swanson, Laurel - Bobby Wise, Billings
16. Chad Dawson, Dickinson, ND. - Cade Flaten, Minot, ND.
17. CJ Kemmis, Glasgow - Colin Kemmis, Glasgow
18. Melvin McNary, Glasgow - Martin Blake, Glasgow
19. Lori Shipp, Glasgow - Della Shipp, Glasgow
20. Steve Harris Sr., Sidney - Lori Nelson, Sidney
21. Andy Lasalle, Havre - Tyler VanderMars, Glasgow
22. Trevor Waarvik, Glasgow - Darcie Waarvik, Glasgow
23. Jeff Unterseher, Glendive - Ben Unterseher, Glasgow
24. Gene Hartsock, Glasgow - Ethan Hartsock, Glasgow
25. Eric Billmayer, Havre - Casey Riggin, Glasgow
26. Don Resseguie, Great Falls - Kevin Durell, Glasgow
27. Carmen Corey, Nashua - Tom James, Glasgow
28. Bo Boreson, Glasgow - Vance Anderson, Glasgow
29. Dylan Hughes, Glasgow - Aaron Hartsock, Glasgow
30. Storm Jackson, Glasgow - Ed Sugg, Glasgow
31. William Durell, Nashua - Aaron Durell, Glasgow
32. Josh Marrottek, Medicine Lake - Drew Henry, Glasgow
33. Steve Harris Jr., Sidney - Chad Nelson, Sidney
34. Matt Simley, Nashua - Judy Anderson, Nashua
35. Mark Combs, Glasgow - Seth Combs, Glasgow
36. Bryon Armour, Lewistown - Hooper Armour, Lewistown
37. Troy Cotter, Sidney - Heather Cotter, Sidney
38. Steve Chappell, Glasgow - John Chappell, Glasgow
39. Brady Flaten, Glasgow - Jason Molstad, Glasgow
40. Chris Kolstad, Glasgow - Darryl Kolstad, Glasgow
41. Louie Monson, Glasgow - Randy Cumber, Glasgow
42. Kelvin Morehouse, Glasgow - Brian Mix, Glasgow
43. Ashley Kemmis, Glasgow - Briana Page, Glasgow
44. Paul Siefert, Glasgow - Gage Siefert, Glasgow
45. Shannon Albert, Hardin - Rod Hudyma, Glasgow
46. Larry Hockhalter, Glasgow - Seth Ingram, Glasgow
47. Lacey Flaten, Glasgow - Keegan Jensen, Glasgow
48. Brady Mueller, Sidney - Brandon Mueller, Sidney
49. Nick Pentas, Billings - Shawn Bergstrom, Nashua
50. Matt Poole, Glasgow - Emilee Morehouse, Glasgow
51. Paul Provencher, Glasgow - Kent Schindler, Glasgow
52. Mikayla Waarvik, Billings - Carla Olson, Glasgow
53. Travis Doke, Billings - Jessica Doke, Billings
54. Todd Young, Glasgow - Matt Tribby, Glasgow
55. Jon George, Billings - Raleigh George, Billings
56. JD Bailey, Opheim - Jake Knaff, Glasgow
57. Matt Earls, Glasgow - Becky Earls, Glasgow
58. Curtis Shipman, Glasgow - Bob Harrington, Glasgow
59. Reid Coldwell, Glasgow - Cache Younkin, Glasgow
60. Adam Morehouse, Glasgow - Kirk Boyer, Glasgow
61. Walker Fischer, Alexandria, SD. - Bret Schindler, Glasgow
62. Darin Eschenbacher, Savage - Jim Wenzel, Sidney
63. Jeremiah Hopstad, Billings - Justin King, Sidney
64. Jason Maynard, Poplar - Scott Swanson, Billings
65. Norm Braaten, Fort Peck - Dustin Braaten, Nashua
66. Tyler Partridge, Glasgow - Ryan Feezell, Glasgow
67. Nate Molstad, Havre - Jerry Molstad, Glasgow
68. Stone Tihista, Nashua - Mike Merideth, Nashua
69. Cole Plouffe, Glendive - Jory Casterline, Glasgow
70. Blake Gauer, Park City - Zach Dasinger, Billings
71. Scott Redstone, Glasgow - Aden Redstone, Glasgow
72. Skylar Blalock, Billings - KC Matfeldt, Glasgow
73. Gage Gordon, Belgrade - MacKenzie Reid, Bozeman
74. JR Cusker, Nashua - Gage Cusker, Nashua
75. John Britzman, Glasgow - BJ Kemp, Glasgow
76. Joseph Kiedrowski, Shepherd - Brittney Kendall, Shepherd
77. Shawn Wersal, Glasgow - Jake Aune, Glasgow
78. Tracy Krause, Great Falls - Katie Kuka, Glasgow
79. Tyler George, Sheridan, WY. - Kim George, Sheridan, WY.
80. Aimee Ost, Billings - Timm Canen, Glasgow