The first annual (cause we will do it again next year) Elephant Butte Catfish Tournament was a great success..

The weather did not cooperate… it was COLD and rainy.. but no step for a bunch of die hard catfisher-folks..

On Friday evening the Kevin Gardner, Fisheries biologist from NM Game & Fish gave a very informative presentation about the lake and the population of Catfish..  Kris Flores from Muddy River Catfishing spoke about his techniques and baits..pretty good stuff.   I always thought that you just hung something dead from a hook, then laid back and napped until something happened…

Currently the water is rising so fast that the topography is changing faster than you can make plans…  that and the challenging weather, that included a hail storm, made the fishing very challenging.  No big cats were caught, but lots of small  to medium fish were weighed in..

First place, $1000 Bass Pro Gift Card, was won with one fish by Byron & Ray Lucero..7.42 lbs.

Second went to Kyle Bolt & Bill Stelwag, $500. Bass Pro Card, three fish totaling 2.53 lbs.

Third was Javier & Robert Huerta,$250. Bass Pro Gift Card,  four fish, 2.34 lbs.

Big Fish was again Byron Lucero with a 7.42 lb catfish.. he took home $250.00 for that one.

Smallest Fish, $100, was brought in by Mike Chavez with a .20 lb er’.

We paid out down to 11 places… with a total of 19 teams, that was pretty cool.

Many thanks to Mike Kmatz, a good friend and neighbor whom volunteered his time to bring the scale and generator for the weigh in.

Thanks also to Mike Schilling from Tracker Marine for donating two days of his time to help make it happen.. He even endured a bout of food poisoning… what a trouper…

Janice, my sweetie, for donating her store folk’s time and the hotdogs…  as well as puttin’ up with me..

Justin Orr, Butte Marine’s Nitro Team fishermen, took two days and his boat to help pull it off..

Any of you guys that participated and have any input, please respond.  We are making notes for next year and want to hear from Ya’.

1st place, Byron & Ray Lucero

2nd place, KyleBolt & Bill Stelwag








Smallest Fish, Scott Ward

3rd place, Javier & Robert Huerta








Big Fish, Byron Lucero


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