Brandon Key Catfishing Tournament
The 2023 Brandon Key Catfishing Tournament will take place June 10-11 at Crooked Creek Marina on Lake Sinclair. This is a 100% payback tournament with all entry fees returning to anglers.
Brandon Key Catfishing Tournament Pays Back $20,000 in 2022!
Eric Kent and Dustin Herndon, both of Gray, won first place and a check for $5,000 in the 100% payback Brandon Key Catfishing Tournament on Lake Sinclair June 11-12. The 7th annual fundraiser netted $50,485 for 30-30 Ministries, a 501c3 non-profit organization youth ministry whose mission is to use hunting and fishing as a platform to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with youth 6-12 grade and their parents.
The annual event recognizes the life of Brandon Key, a former 30-30 Ministries camper who lost his life on Sept. 20, 2015 in a UTV accident. Brandon loved 30-30 Ministries, which is why his family and friends host this fund-raising tournament every summer.
A record 100 catfishing teams took to the water at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 11 to chase a total purse of $20,000. Anglers were allowed 30 floats and six rods. The tournament paid back 10 places and two big-fish pots.
Eric and Dustin’s five-fish, first-place stringer weighed 109 pounds for the tournament.
“We probably caught 30 to 35 fish,” said Eric. “We didn’t have any luck on a rod and reel, it was all pretty much on jugs. We were using cutbait and live minnows.”
Eric said this was their third time fishing the event, but this was their first time placing in the money.
Eric Kent (right) and his partner collected $5,000 for winning the 7th annual Brandon Key Catfishing Tournament the weekend of June 11-12, 2022.
Peak Steel Contractors collected $3,500 for catching big fish in the 7th annual Brandon Key Catfishing Tournament the weekend of June 11-12, 2022.