As I wrote in my story in today’s Roanoke Times, the event featured some pretty impressive catches, including a 35.32-pound flathead catfish pulled in my Christee Ayers (picture here) of Union Hall. This wasn’t just a lucky catch for Ayers. She is a catfishing expert who has been at this a long time.
As for the disqualification, which you can read more about in my story, they used to be rare at this event. In recent years they have become a regular occurrence. Tournament organizers pulled a number of anglers in for polygraph tests and that delayed the awards by a bit. When one of the tournament officials made an announcement apologizing for the delay due to the desire to ensure the cleanest tournament possible, the crowd cheered. One man shouted, “That’s the way it should be.”