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I have just received the dates for the Catfish Day's tournament and the NEW & improved Cat's on the Red Classic at St. Andrews Dam in Canada.
The Grand Forks event is scheduled for August 11-12 and has a ton of activities for all ages and interest's. Complete with a cook out and a dance on Saturday evening. Anglers interested should contact the Grand Forks chamber of commerce early to get their applications and get them back in fast, it fills very quickly!

August 18-19 2001 is the piggy FEST in Canada. This is being organized by Jim Moyer of the Cumberland river in Tennessee, a top notch cat man and a HUGE guy, big Jim, great guy. Jim won this event in 1999 and is a avid fan of the lower Red and it's outstanding cat fishery. Last season Stu McKay announced he was done hosting the annual event but big Jim was kind enough to pick up the ball and run with it. I anticipate even greater cash prize's plus some interesting and valuable gear to encourage competitors from all over the world, yup I said world!

I will soon be receiving some info on the new Canadian event and will pass it along as soon as possable. This event will fill very fast too. Last years top competitors are pre-approved so the next 40-50 slots will not last long. I'm there, it was a blast!

Any interested anglers should act quickly, I can not stress that enough!

><Go Piggy find a kitty>

Backwater Eddy...><,,>

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    • riverrat21
      Ive been out a few times as well..have tried from the harbor all the way up to boyscout...have been getting a few everytime out but has been slow for me....been trolling crawlers with big colorado blades..have caught fish on flats by barkers,between the bridges,and out from clyde area....got 6 cats accidentally while trolling boards by the community hole south west side of spirit lake...water clarity still sucks in the harbor..a bit better the farther up river u go...has it been kinda slow for everyone?????ive been doing better on fish lake.lol
    • Grainbelt
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    • delcecchi
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    • LBerquist
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