10/7&8/17 Big Cat Quest National Championship, New Madrid, Missouri,-Mississippi River

King Cotton -
 The King Cotton brand is a Memphis Original and a Hometown Favorite! Founded by the Nat Buring family in 1935, King Cotton is as much a part of Memphis as Barbecue, the Mississippi River, and Beale Street. King Cotton products are Southern Favorites.
   Our hot dogs, corn dogs, smoked sausage, bacon and bologna are ‘Rightly Seasoned’, full of flavor and enjoyed for over 75 years by families all across the Mid-South!
   Our broad portfolio of products included products such as beef jerky, sausage, hot dogs, pre-cooked bacon, and other processed food items. Our brands include Circle B®, King Cotton®, and Trail's Best Meat Snacks®. We offer our products through retailers/vendors and partners in the United States.
   Monogram Food Solutions LLC was founded in 2004 and is based in Memphis, Tennessee. It has facilities in Bristol, Indiana; Harlan, Iowa; Chandler, Minnesota; Schulenburg, Texas; Martinsville, Virginia; and Plover, Wisconsin. For more info on their products go to


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Daiichi Hooks - 
Another Japan-based fishing hook brand, Daiichi hooks are widely considered to be the sharpest in the sport of fishing, and are often used by professional anglers as a result. Tempered by using harder, more carbon-rich steel than virtually any competitor, Daiichi hooks offer superior penetration without risking hook slips or breaks. Hooks from this legendary Japanese brand are also recognized as terrific solutions for fly fishermen. To see the products go to www.daiichihooks.com  

Loki Nets - 
We've been making knotless nylon netting in our Knoxville, Tennessee, plant since 1965. We are a major supplier of Raschel-style netting and net products for thousands of uses. We can easily make custom nets to your specifications, or we can supply bulk netting if you want to fabricate your own product. Our 50 years in the net business has given us invaluable experience. If you aren't sure exactly what you want or need for your end-product, ask us! We can help you with your design and provide invaluable advice and assist,  for more product info  http://www.lokinets.com/ 

Packaging Corporation of America -

    At PCA, we think of ourselves as more than a box manufacturer. We are an ideas and solutions company. We seek to be the leader in helping our customers — large and small — package, transport and display products of all kinds. It just happens to be that corrugated products are our area of expertise.
   So a partnership with PCA isn’t just about buying boxes. It’s about building a relationship with a knowledgeable, trusted, committed source; adding value to your business; and actively contributing to your success in the marketplace. For more info 

Catfishing has never been more exciting and after  blazing a trail last year.  Ken Freeman Outdoor Promotions is back to do it again.  This year, we will be giving away bigger prizes, more money and a boatload of fun.  We - and the sport- are on an upward move and catfishing isn't all that KFOP does.

I started promoting professional catfishing years ago and brought it to the forefront in 2005 with the Bass Pro Shops' Big Cat Quest.  This is not only unique for catfishing in that we give away a lot of money and prizes, the tournament structure is quick and fun.

We promote the trail as "family friendly" and have several teams that fish together as families along the trail.  One of my Personal highlights- is bringing special needs kids to the events.  The Kids enjoy a day of fishing with a Pro as special guest of the tournament.  We give away rods and reels, tackle boxes, and other great prizes to the first 100 at select Plano Kids events- again encouraging family participation.

Ugly Stik - 
 Since 1897, Ugly Stik has been the leader in quality, affordable fishing tackle.
   Our inspiration comes from 115 years of passion and experience. From Ugly Stik to our Catch More Fish
kits, to our best in class line of licensed kid's products. Ugly Stik offers something for the whole family and all levels of experience.
   Our objective is simple: Make fishing easy and enjoyable. For more info go to 


Dunn's Fish Farm -
   From the time you make the decision to build your pond, to when you are actively fishing, we are right there working with you. With offices located in Arkansas and Oklahoma, we have the consultants and the experience necessary to see you through on your project, from start to finish.
   Since all ponds and lakes are unique, our personalized stocking rates will vary. We want to know your objective such as, how heavily it will be fished and exactly what your expectations are for your lake. Will this lake be for the family, is it a company lake, or maybe it's the Trophy Bass Lake you've always wanted. Whatever your goals, we have the Knowledge it takes to get you there. We want to see you happy with your lake, stocked right the first time. For more about the farm go to 

Tru Turn Hooks - 
 John W. Campbell was born the son of an Alabama sharecropper, 1914. He often fished near his grandfather’s gristmill as a child. After getting his hook hung in the mill; he carefully bent the hook back. Even though this hook had a kink in it, it was his favorite.
        Years later; stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base, he worked with the then infant computers. These computers used IBM punch cards that had to be sorted and John devised a bent paperclip to sort them faster.
       You tend to “fiddle” with things on your desk and John noticed the bent clips rotated towards pressure. It was these bent paperclips that led to the invention of the Tru-Turn hook. 

        In spring of 1959; while fishing a south Montgomery pond he hooked a nice Bass. As the fish neared the boat, the Bass made a final effort and got away. John began to think and the idea struck him. So he bent his hook with a bend that was perpendicular to the point. It rotated towards pressure, just like his paperclips and that favorite hook he used as a young boy. After more extensive testing on Lake Martin, John knew he had a great hook.
He began bending hooks for Air Force Generals, Majors, and Corporals. Then a local tackle shop wanted them, then two, then a distributor wanted the “bent” hook and the Tru-Turn hook was born. “Tru-Turn Hooks” was incorporated in 1960.
       Today; the TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group is still a family business that ships great fishing products all over the world. The Campbell’s haven’t forgotten where they started. 

Berkley  - 
   You have a passion for the sport. And so do we. That's what's made us the world's leading fishing tackle company. Passion. Berkley is the premium brand of fishing tackle that fuels your passion for fishing, offering the broadest array of innovative solutions developed by anglers who share your commitment to the sport.
   At Berkley, our goal remains surprisingly simple - to make fishing fun and help anglers everywhere to Catch More Fish! Our leading edge technology has resulted in performance advances in fishing lines, soft baits, hard baits, fishing rods and terminal tackle.  For more info

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HydroWave -  
   HydroWave™ was founded in 2010 by a group of professional anglers, scientists and engineers dedicated to product design in the fish attracting industry. The HydroWave is a collaborative effort of all the founders. Research in the field of sound technology and aquatic biology remain our primary focus along with product design and quality controls. Our biologists are steadfastly dedicated to improving the science of fish stimulation for angling purposes. For more info 

Abu Garcia 
   In 1921, by the river of Mörrum in Svängsta, Sweden, Carl August Borgström founded AB Urfabriken. The company manufactured pocket watches, telephone timers and taxi meters. Borgström was a brilliant craftsman with a talent for light precision engineering; skills he had acquired during his years in the Halda watchmaking factory. Unfortunately, World War II caused a sharp decline in the demand for taxi meters. Undaunted, ABU redirected its skills toward the development of precision fishing reels used by anglers the world over. That's why Abu Garcia later received the honor of being chosen "Purveyor To The Royal Swedish Court," a distinction bestowed upon a select group of manufacturers for consistently exceeding its highest standards of quality and craftsmanship.
   Abu Garcia's influence on the sportfishing community is unmatched. The company remains firmly committed to maintaining its industry leadership position by providing anglers everywhere with the highest quality, most innovative products. for more i 1921, by the river of Mörrum in Svängsta, Sweden, Carl August Borgström founded AB Urfabriken. The company manufactured pocket watches, telephone timers and taxi meters. Borgström was a brilliant craftsman with a talent for light precision engineering; skills he had acquired during his years in the Halda watchmaking factory.
For more info www.abugarcia.com

The Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest Tour is proud to have the best sponsors in the industry for our tournaments. Join us in support and follow the links below for more information from each of our sponsors.

American  Angler Knife  - www.americananglerusa.com

American Angler Knives
Hopefully each time you head out on the water results in a catch where you’ve got more than your boat can hold. A set of premium fishing knives from American Angler will help you cut and clean any size or type of fish. So which type of American Angler fillet knife is right for you?
Reach for one of our electric fillet knives if you intend to catch multiple species of fish. The benefit with this style of knife is that you can swap out blades that best cater to your catch. For example, small or medium pan-sized fish can be filleted with our standard 5” and 8” curved blades. When it comes to your larger catches, reach for a longer, straight blade such as our 10” shark or 10” heavy duty blades. The American Angler electric knife is available as a set with interchangeable blades or with a single blade if your fishing style doesn’t change much. For the casual fisherman who doesn’t need to fillet pounds and pounds of fish, our selection of manual American Angler knives will do the trick. From short bait knives to long fillet knives for those bigger catches, we have an American Angler manual fillet knife for every application.   check out us at  

TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group - 
When one thinks of some of the first lures designed for light-line finesse fishing two companies should come to mind. Of course there was the Bass Buster Lures Beetle Spin manufactured by early bass pioneer Virgil Ward. The second that should rattle your memory – especially with the latest number of underspins that have entered the market – is the Blakemore Road Runner.
Blakemore came to life in 1959 when Bert Hall and a fishing buddy started manufacturing the Road Runner in Branson, MO. Back then it was manufactured solely of marabou and was mainly designed for use on local lakes such as Taneycomo, Bull Shoals, Table Rock and the Arkansas River. The bait was designed to catch anything – and that it did.  For more info on the group go to

Bass Pro Shops -
   In 1971, Johnny Morris, frustrated by the lack of tackle in local stores, rented a U-Haul® trailer and took off across the country filling it with the newest premium fishing tackle he could find. When he returned home to Springfield, Missouri, Johnny set up shop in his dad's liquor store, which was located on the way to Table Rock Lake. With this simple idea, Bass Pro Shops® was born.
   This new store became popular with local and out-of-state fishermen. By 1974, Johnny printed and mailed the first Bass Pro Shops catalog. In 1978, he introduced Bass Tracker first boat, motor, and trailer package designed just for anglers.
   By building and selling boats factory direct, Johnny was able to pass on huge value and savings to fishermen. Tracker has remained America's #1 selling fishing boat for more than 35 years running.
   From those humble beginnings, Bass Pro Shops has become America's leading outdoor retailer with stores across America and Canada. Every Bass Pro Shops store still offers an incredible array of fishing and boating equipment. We're also the premier shopping destination for hunting, camping, and outdoor cooking gear as well as outdoor footwear and nature-themed gift. For more info visit

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Power-Pole – 
   Sport fishing requires the ability to stop your boat and work an area quickly and quietly as you spot or catch your fish. With the Power-Pole® shallow water anchor’s advanced technology you can stop your boat quickly and quietly with the touch of a button and keep your boat securely in place, even in heavy wind and current. A Power-Pole anchor is also eco-friendly and causes no damage to the environment. The Power-Pole patented design achieves an amazing balance of strength and flexibility. This allows you to apply maximum anchoring force as soon as the spike hits the bottom, for immediate stopping power without damage to the anchor or ransom. Read more here at 

Strike King -  
   An ad the 1964 “Don Fuelsch Southern Angler and Hunters Guide” shows “The new original ‘Strike King’ bass lure” by McEwen Tackle Co. It was a single spin spinnerbait. Bill McEwen was a taxidermist in Memphis, TN and made these lures on the side out of his garage.
   In the spring of 1966 Charles Spence purchased Bill McEwen’s lure business which consisted of; a lead melting pot, some safety pins, a few bags of skirts and some molds. He refers to it as Strike King Lure Company.
   In  1967,  Ray Scott holds his first bass tournament on Beaver Lake in northwest Arkansas. Bill Dance, Charles Spence and Ray Murski compete in it. Notably Bill got 2nd and Ray got 4th! They all become friends and form business relationships.
   About 1968 Ray Murski calls on a man named Sam Walton who has a chain of 4 stores in northwest Arkansas.
   In the 1970'S, Bill Dance became the most successful tournament angler in the early years of the sport and then became a nationally known television personality. Charles Spence built up Strike King Lure Company as a lure manufacturing entity near the Memphis airport on Sanderwood Street. Ray Murski’s sales rep group grew and represented many outdoor products. So Charles built the product, Ray sold it and Bill promoted it for many years! For more info  go to  

Plano -
 Plano is a company founded on the belief that outdoor adventures go beyond the fish you catch or the game you carry out, but the experience you take in. These experiences are unlimited and available to everyone, and we appreciate and understand the determination outdoorsmen have to pursue their passion because we are a company built on that same passion and love for the outdoors.
   We've been supplying outdoor enthusiasts with equipment protection and storage solutions for over 60 years, and there's a 4 in 5 chance that if you own a tackle box, it was made by Plano.

    Plano acquired Frabill in 2012, creating a partnership with over 135 years of combined industry experience, values, and product quality. These iconic brands, combined with Tenzing hunting packs, provide an unmatched portfolio of products for the outdoor industry.
We're proud of our heritage and humbled by the countless anglers, hunters and shooters that trust us with the safekeeping of their equipment.. 
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Driftmaster - 
Driftmaster - Leading The Way In Rod Holder Design. Years of rigorous testing on the water and continuing refinement have made Driftmaster rod holders the standard of the industry. Driftmaster popularity is based on our reputation for excellence.in quality, dependability, and service, with models available for all fishing situations.  Driftmaster has developed a total rod holder system. With our Pro and Li'l Pro Series and a complete complement of bases, anglers have the opportunity to match our rod holders to their specific boats and fishing requirements.  Driftmaster Trolling Systems allow you to rig your boat like a pro and easily remove the entire assembly when not in use. For more info visit www.driftmaster.com

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​​Mercury – 
   At Mercury Marine, we understand why you love being on the water. And that’s why we do what we do: engineer, build, and provide the best marine power in the world. Since 1939, our passion for quality, performance, and value has been matched only by our customers. Powering boats is what we do – it’s all we do – and we do it better than anybody else. Because boating is what you do. So we strive to make your experience better in every way we can. For more info go to  

Coca Cola - 
The Coca-Cola Company  is the world's largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, one of the world's most valuable and recognizable brands, our Company's portfolio features 20 billion-dollar brands including, Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitaminwater, POWERADE, Minute Maid, Simply, Georgia, Dasani, FUZE TEA and Del Valle. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, ready-to-drink coffees, and juices and juice drinks. Through the world's largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy our beverages at a rate of 1.9 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. Together with our bottling partners, we rank among the world's top 10 private employers with more than 700,000 system associates.
For more info www.coca-cola.com

Bass Pro Shops Uncle Bucks -
Uncle Buck's is the brand name that Bass Pro Shops uses for its store branded products. It comes from the uncle of Johnny Morris, the founder of Bass Pro Shops, who's credited with teaching the future catalog salesman the joys of fishing.Bass Pro Shops' jerky is actually manufactured by Monogram Meat Snacks, of Chandler, MN, a large private labeler of beef jerky. - See more at: http://bulkbeefjerky.com/products/uncle-bucks-beef-jerky.
   Choose a snack that won't increase calories! Bass Pro Shops®' Uncle Buck's Premium Beef Jerky provides a great source of protein. This jerky is made with lean slices of beef and hickory smoked. Made in USA. 

   - Made with lean slices of beef
   - Great source of protein

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Tracker Boats -
Tracker Marine Group is the #1 boat manufacturer in the United States and specializes in fishing and recreational boats. It was founded in 1978 by John Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops. The company is currently owned by Bass Pro Shops, and is most popular for the Bass Tracker, the first fish-ready bass boat. Tracker Marine has made over 750,000 boat sales since 1978. All Tracker Marine Group Boats, and their accompanying trailers, are manufactured in plants located in southern Missouri and Miami, Oklahoma. The company headquarters is located in Springfield, Missouri.  For more about the boats go to  



Bottom Dwellers Tackle - 
Specializing in trophy catfish gear and tackle for the serious tournament fisherman or the weekend angler. Cat fishing is what we do, its our business and our passion.     for more about the products go to

Lowrance –​                                                                                                

 Lowrance manufactures marine electronics such as fishfinders and GPS electronics for consumer sport fishing, boating, aviation, automotive and outdoors recreation markets. Lowrance produces some of the finest marine electronics, with everything from fishfinders, chartplotters, radar, networking, gauges and more. Discover the amazing accuracy, capability and flexibility of the Lowrance Outdoor GPS products for hunting, fishing, kayaking, camping, hiking and more at the Lowrance website. www.lowrance.com

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Stren - 
   The complete line of Stren products includes superlines, fluorocarbon lines and monofilament lines to fit any fishing application and need. Anglers know all about Stren’s knot strength, abrasion resistance, tensile and shock strength. Amateurs and pros alike count on Stren to present the right type of visibility to the conditions, whether it’s line-shy fish or low-light conditions. Factors like line stretch and limpness can make or break your day, which is why Stren line maximizes each for the type of fishing you’re doing.
   From the innovation of nylon in 1938 came nothing short of a revolution in fishing line. Stren was created in 1958 and from that day this classic sport fishing line initiated the remarkable science of high-performance fishing line that continues uninterrupted today. The fact that the brand became a household name in fishing circles speaks volumes about the dependable performance Stren has delivered cast after cast, catch after catch.

   From the first nylon monofilament, other discoveries and innovations bearing the Stren name quickly caught on: abrasion resistance, co-filament line, Magnathin technology, high-tensile High Impact line, Super Tough, Lumaflex, Easy Cast, Powerbraid, Lo-Vis, Sensor, Stren Extra Strength, Advanced Microbond Technology… and beyond into areas other manufacturers can’t match. For more info to go  http://www.stren.com/

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Fairbanks - 
   For more than 180 years, Fairbanks has provided top quality industrial weighing equipment and dependable service through a network of Fairbanks sales and service representatives and authorized distributors. Fairbanks continues to break new ground in scale design, setting the new standard in weighing equipment and systems engineering while meeting the special needs of our customers. For more info go to 

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Southwest Tennessee is vibrant, nature-rich area of Tennessee well-known for historic destinations such as Shiloh National Military Park, world-class fishing on Pickwick Lake, and a landscape dotted with harming communities specializing in Southern Hospitality.

​Step into the shoes of "Walling Tall" Sheriff Bufford Pusser.  Ride the rails with train engineer Casey Jones.  Tap your toes to the beat at the 35 annua; Savannah Bluegrass Festival.   Task the flavor of the Deep South at family-owned eateries and take home a Tennessee treasure hand-crafted at many of our quaint shops.

Welcome to Southwest Tennessee. Explore, experience and enjoy the people and places that hace made us famous.  for info email  Info@visitSWTenn.com  or visit www.visit swtenn.com

Team Catfish Products –
Team Catfish is the first and only complete line of real catfish products. Check out our great products and start cat fishing today!  For more information visit: