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Published August 18, 2013, 10:15 PM

Largest catfish tournament in country hits the Red River Valley

The largest catfishing tournament in the country hits the Grand Cities today for the first time. The Cabela's King Kat tournament brought in more than 80 anglers to the Red River in East Grand Forks.

The largest catfishing tournament in the country hits the Grand Cities today for the first time. The Cabela's King Kat tournament brought in more than 80 anglers to the Red River in East Grand Forks.

Boats coming in, and catfish coming out. After working with the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau for several years, the organizers of the King Kat national fishing tournament set up shop today on the banks of the Red River.

Darrell Van Vactor- Tournament Organizer: "We decided this would be a great location. We've always heard about fishing on the Red and we wanted to come up and allow our anglers to take part in it and bring an event to your area."

Darrell Van Vactor travels the country hosting catfish tournaments like this one.

Darrell: "We have over 80 anglers from nine states out on the water."

The name of this traveling non profit group is Outdoor Promotions, and that's exactly what they hope to do, promote the outdoors as a way to bring families together.

Darrell: "If you teach your kids to fish and hunt, you're not out hunting your kids."

Andrew: It's a good benefit to young children.

Jeremy Coe agrees. He's training now to take over as the group's tournament director next year.

Jeremy Coe- Outdoor Promotions: "I love it. For a 19 year old it's a dream job."

Coe snaps pictures of today's catches, and reflects on why he's here.

Jeremy: "I love to fish. I love to be out here. When you get to come out here and watch other people catch fish it's fun."

What's also fun, the prize money.

Darrell: "This particular event will pay back over $6, 400 in cash to our anglers today. The rest of profits go to fund scholarships."

Darrell: "I love it."

Next weekend, the tournament heads to Nebraska. Organizers say they'll return to the Red River Valley next year.

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