Catfish tournament featuring KY anglers vs. IN; produced for the benefit of friends of sinners
The Rod Rippin ‘Catfish Trail will host its first “Rumble on the River” catfish tournament at English Park on July 24. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Friends of Sinners, a local, Christ-centered drug recovery program.
The executive director of the Rod Rippin ‘Catfish Trail is Damian Clark, who is also a Friends of Sinners alumnus. In addition to raising money for Friends of Sinners, the group is looking to settle the debate over who has the best anglers – Kentucky or Indiana.
“We just want to give back to the organization which has been good to me and so many others in the tri-state area,” Clark said. “My partner helping me organize the event is Jeremy Farrar and he’s from New Harmony, and I’m from Owensboro – this will help us settle a long-standing debate.”
The idea was conceived by Aaron Wheatley, who hosts the “Monsters on the Ohio” event, one of the biggest catfish tournaments in the world. He pitched the idea to Clark and his team with the Rod Rippin ‘Catfish Trail, where it gained ground and became more than just a tournament.
“We will add the weight of the top 10 teams in Kentucky and compare it to the weight of the top 10 teams in Indiana to determine a winner,” said Clark. “Once we determine a winner, we will award cash prizes to the top 10 teams in this state. “
The event will begin at 5 a.m. and weigh-ins are expected to begin at 2 p.m. The entry cost is $ 150 – of which $ 30 goes directly to Friends of Sinners, $ 20 goes to the Biggest Fish, and the remaining $ 100 is used for prizes.
“It’s going to be huge and epic – there’s a lot of pride on the line from state to state,” Clark said.
The Rod Rippin ‘Catfish Trail is known regionally as a premier leader in catfish tournaments on the Ohio River. They host eight tournaments a year from as far west as Shawneetown, Illinois, and as far east as Leavenworth, Indiana.
“We hope to raise several thousand dollars for Friends of Sinners,” said Clark. “I am passionate about the place because I have seen God impact my life through the place. I went from homeless to my own concrete business and run catfish tournaments all along the Ohio (river).
The event will feature food vendors, raffle items, cash prizes and more. For more information or to register, contact Damian Clark at 270-702-7067.