Team Drop Off wins Blacks Camp Big Cat Shootout

Dee Young (left) and Thomas Walker won the Blacks Camp Big Cat Shootout in December. Photo by Kristie Ann

Dee Young, Thomas Walker won $8880

Team Drop Off, made up of Thomas Walker and Dee Young, topped the 34-boat field at the Blacks Camp Big Cat Shootout in late December. Walker and Young weighed in a 2-day total of 153.95 pounds. They pocketed $8880 for the win.

The two anglers are fond of drifting for catfish on the Santee Cooper lakes, but decided to anchor down on the Upper Lake after doing some pre-fishing. They made that decision based on what the fish were doing, and they stuck to their plan.

They had a solid Day 1, weighing in two fish totaling 66.75 pounds. This included a 40.95-pounder. Team Black Katz led after Day 1, putting 87.25 pounds on the scale. Better than 20 pounds behind, Walker and Young knew it would take a strong outing on Day 2 to win the top spot. But, they also knew it could be done. And they felt good about their plan.

Walker and Young really stepped up their game on Day 2, weighing in 88.2 pounds, including a 45.95-pounder. After all boats had weighed in, their 153.95 was still atop the leaderboard, and they were crowned champions of this event, which draws some of the best catfish anglers in the region.

Team Black Katz, which had boated a 42.6-pounder on Day 1, boated another 42+ pounder on Day 2, but their overall weight for the day was down by almost 30 pounds compared to their Day 1 total. This dropped them into a third place finish for the event.

Team Stump Jumpers, who began Day 2 with a total weight of 58.8 pounds, poured the heat on, adding 92.8 pounds at the scales, including a 50.10-pound fish. This propelled them into second place overall with a 2-day total weight of 151.6 pounds.

Every team that finished in the top 12 had more than 100 pounds for their 2-day total weight (four fish). Thirty-one teams weighed in fish during the event. Three teams did not make it to the scales.

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