Youngstown, OH — King Kat is making a comeback. Anglers can expect a new experience when fishing this national tournament trail. This year, King Kat will crown a national champion, a points champion and will work closely with the chosen rookie of the year. Cutting edge media coverage and a new TV show are just the beginning of what is ahead.
“We are especially excited to crown a national champion as part of our national trail,” says co-owner, Bob Denen. “Even with all of the exciting changes we plan to implement, we are committed to working diligently to get better, not bigger. If we get better, our customer will demand us to get bigger.”
Bob Denen is a name that many know along the crappie tournament trails. This competitive angler has a passion for the sport of crappie fishing and catfishing. Denen will oversee daily operations of King Kat and is currently building a team of passionate and hardworking anglers. Dan Dannenmueller, professional fisherman and publisher of CatfishNOW and CrappieNOW, believes that there is nobody better to do this job than Denen.
“Bob is one of the most ethical and honest people I know. He is committed to growing the sport of crappie and catfish, and he is dedicated to the interests of sponsors, fishermen, and the industry,” says Dannenmueller. “CatfishNOW is proud to support Cabela’s King Kat under Denen’s ownership, and we believe Mr. Denen is committed to teaching people the sport of catfishing as we are. Denen and his team will make King Kat the glorious trail it once was years ago.” Denen is a co-owner alongside two others: TJ Perkins and Denen’s son, Andy Denen. TJ will oversee all operations regarding finance and Andy will produce the media and TV coverage through his Ohio-based production company: Replay Media Group.
Every year, King Kat will conduct between eight and ten events across several states including the King Kat Classic held in the fall every year. The fee for each tournament will be $300 with 100% payback and a $110,000 Classic with total payback including two lowe boats. National sponsors have benefitted from sponsorship promotion through these tournaments in the past. Under new ownership, King Kat will maintain existing sponsorships while partnering with esteemed organizations in the catfish industry like the American Catfishing Association. This year, King Kat is excited to offer more exposure for their national sponsors and anglers alike through media and TV. The TV production will highlight areas where tournaments are hosted which will also benefit local tourism.
“King Kat is committed to providing quality media coverage of our tournaments through livestreams and TV production,” says Denen. “The national champion and points champion will both have an opportunity to star in a 13-week series on the Pursuit Channel.”
King Kat will keep the Kids Fishing Rodeos program intact. These rodeos are held in conjunction with all King Kat tournaments to encourage America’s youth to actively participate in the preservation of lakes, the sport of fishing, and their educational goals. Even with all of the improvements that the organization is set to make, King Kat is still committed to giving back and providing a quality experience for everyone involved in the national tournament trail.
King Kat is currently looking for individuals to join their top-notch team. If you are an angler interested in getting involved, please contact Bob Denen at Bob@kingkatusa.com.