The Catfish Tournament Between KY And IN Anglers Returns Saturday; The proceeds benefit Friends of Sinners

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Local Kentucky anglers will seek revenge against Cross River rivals Indiana at Saturday’s second annual Rumble on the River Catfish tournament.

The event serves as a fundraiser for Friends of Sinners, a local non-profit substance recovery program. Damian Clark is a graduate of the program and co-organizes the event with longtime friend and Hoosier Jeremy Farrar.

“There’s a lot of pride on the line — the Indiana guys aren’t even talking to me right now,” Clark said. “It’s definitely fun and competitive, but the ultimate prize is raising money for Friends of Sinners.”

The Indiana squad clinched the win last year, forcing Clark to see a skipjack. Skipjack is a member of the tuna family – and as nasty as that sounds, it fails compared to this year’s Ante.

“Whoever loses this year has to get a tattoo of their opponent’s state and there’s no way I want to lose that bet,” he said. “Indiana is really showing up, so we’re definitely going to have our hands full.”

Indiana has 33 pre-registered boats while Kentucky has 22; that’s already a lot more than last year, and Clark expects to have quite a few more sign up this weekend. Last year’s event raised $10,000 and he hopes to surpass that number this year.

The event also features a post-tournament dinner and auction. Everyone is invited to take part and donate to a good cause.

Clark said it’s not uncommon for anglers to haul in 60- to 80-pound catfish.

“This event grows every year and everyone says it’s the funnest event of the year,” he said. “Friends of Sinners has helped me reintegrate into the community and given me a chance to succeed. I now own my own business and do what I love. Giving back to the Friends of Sinners is a passion of mine.”

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