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Team weighs in 87.91 pounds of catfish to win Drayton Catfish Capital Challenge tourney

The team of Michael Johnson and Brandon Pilon landed big-fish honors in the tournament, with a 22.98-pound catfish.

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The team of Dick Dolan (left) and Chris Dolan won the Drayton Catfish Capital Challenge Catfish Tournament held Friday, Aug. 12, and Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, on the Red River in Drayton, North Dakota.
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DRAYTON, N.D. – The team of Dick Dolan and Chris Dolan of Grafton, N.D., and Crystal, Minn., weighed in 87.91 pounds of catfish to win the $10,000 first-place prize during the Drayton Catfish Capital Challenge Catfish Tournament held Friday, Aug. 12, and Saturday, Aug. 13, on the Red River in Drayton.

Teams could weigh in four catfish – two fish longer than 24 inches and two “slot” fish smaller than 24 inches – daily.

Rounding out the top five teams and their two-day totals were as follows:

  • Second: Brian Rud and Jim Benson, 85.74 pounds.
  • Third: Michael Andrews and Brandon Oby, 85.18 pounds.
  • Fourth: Dave Clement and Tim Brooks, 81.12 pounds.
  • Fifth: Ethan Kringlen and Cody Olson, 79.11 pounds.

The team of Michael Johnson and Brandon Pilon landed big-fish honors in the tournament, with a 22.98-pound catfish they caught on the tournament’s second day. The pair placed 30th in the tournament. Rud and Benson landed the largest “slot” fish under 24 inches with a 5.36-pound catfish they weighed in on the second day.

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The team of Brandon Pilon (left) and Michael Johnson landed big-fish honors with a 22.98-pound catfish they caught Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022, on the second day of the Drayton Catfish Capital Challenge Catfish Tournament on the Red River in Drayton, North Dakota.
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A total of 63 teams fished the tournament. More info: catfishdrayton.com.

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– Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and has been the Grand Forks Herald's outdoors editor since 1998.

Besides his role as an outdoors writer, Dokken has an extensive background in northwest Minnesota and Canadian border issues and provides occasional coverage on those topics.

Reach him at bdokken@gfherald.com, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.
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