Published August 17, 2009, 03:17 PM

Grafton angler wins catfish tourney

Top fish weighs 22 pounds, 6 ounces
The tournament paid out prize money to 15th place for large fish and to sixth place in the “slot fish” category for catfish measuring less than 24 inches.

By: Herald Staff Report,

Mike Andrews, Grafton, N.D., weighed in a 22-pound, 6-ounce catfish to win the $1,700 top prize Saturday in the Drayton (N.D.) Rod and Reel Rally catfish tournament on the Red River in Drayton.

Hastings Landing Recreation Area served as headquarters for the tournament, which drew 57 paid registrations and 151 participating anglers.

The tournament paid out prize money to 15th place for large fish and to sixth place in the “slot fish” category for catfish measuring less than 24 inches.

Jeff Braswell, Grand Forks, won back his $50 entry fee in the “Wimp” category for the smallest catfish of the day at 6½ inches in length.

Here’s a look at the money winners in Whopper and Slot Fish categories:

Whopper

First: Mike Andrews, Grafton, 22 pounds, 6 ounces, $1,700.

Second: David Rost, Bismarck, 21 pounds, 10 ounces, $850.

Third: Troy Sott, Hensel, N.D., 20 pounds, 14 ounces, $500.

Fourth: Cody Vilhauer, Wishek, N.D., 20 pounds, 5 ounces, $350.

Fifth: Tommy Grzadzieleski, Drayton, 20 pounds, 2 ounces, $275.

Sixth: Jordon Patterson, Drayton, 20 pounds, $125.

Seventh: Ron Baatz, Nielsville, Minn., 19 pounds, 4 ounces, $100.

Eighth: Allen Oby, St. Thomas, N.D., 18 pounds, 4 ounces, $100.

Ninth: Dion Turgeon, Hallock, Minn., 18 pounds, 1 ounce, $100.

10th: Joie Haase, Grand Forks, 17 pounds, 14 ounces, $100.

11th: Dick Dolan, Grafton, 16 pounds, 15 ounces, $100.

12th: Shane Dalsted, Cavalier, N.D., 16 pounds, 11 ounces, $100.

13th: Zach Srnsky, Warren, Minn., 16 pounds, 10 ounces, $100.

14th: Troy Srnsky, Warren, 16 pounds, 9 ounces. $100.

15th: Derrell Gannon, Warwick, N.D., 16 pounds, 9 ounces, $100.

Slot Fish

First: Heather Winskowski, Stephen, Minn., 6 pounds, 1 ounce, $200.

Second: Troy Srnsky, Warren, Minn., 5 pounds, 9 ounces, $100.

Third: Brandon Oby, St. Thomas, 5 pounds, 8 ounces, $50.

Fourth: Stan Restemayer, Edinburg, N.D., 5 pounds, 3 ounces, $50.

Fifth: Brooks Stellon, Drayton, 5 pounds, $30.

Sixth: Tiodoro Moreno, Hoople, N.D., 5 pounds, $25.

The $30,000 prize for a new North Dakota record catfish went unclaimed.

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