Kennedy is catfish champ

Steve Kennedy finished 45th on Day 3 of the Whataburger Bassmaster Elite at Neely Henry. If it had been the Whataburger Catfishmaster Elite, he would have finished first. Kennedy loves to fish for all species, both freshwater and saltwater. However, the catfish bite got a little frustrating for him this week. The capper came yesterday, when Kennedy was shaking a white jig near the surface where shad were spawning in shallow vegetation. When a fish exploded on it, Kennedy was sure it was a big bass. Nope. It was a 9-pound flathead catfish.

Kennedy caught big flatheads every day of the tournament - all of them on a white jig. On Day 1, he landed an 11-pound, 9-ounce flathead and a near twin weighing 11-5. Yesterday, he landed king cat - weighing 21-3. Yes, it’s Championship Monday at Neely Henry, but Kennedy’s catfish stories seemed too good to go unreported. Now back to the task at hand…