A fishing tournament that took place in Vicksburg, Mississippi over the weekend has officially raised the bar for payouts on the competitive catfishing circuit. Twin brothers Donnie and Lonnie Fountain took first place in the Bill Dance Mississippi River Monsters Mega Bucs Pro Series catfish tournament and won $50,000. This represents the biggest payday in catfish tournament history, according to tournament organizers.
The Fountain brothers, who live in Jasper, Georgia, brought the heaviest bag of three catfish to the final weigh-in on Sunday. It weighed 146.5 pounds and included their biggest blue cat, which weighed just over 58 pounds and was caught during the final minutes of the tournament.
“It wasn’t about the money when we decided to fish this weekend, but this needed to be done,” Donnie told the Vicksburg Post on Saturday. “This $50,000 payout sets a new standard for the catfish world.”