catfish, tournament, blue catfish, CatMasters, Tawakoni, Texas

Thirteen-year-old Ryan Berglund fished the CatMasters on Tawakoni with team All American Catfish. The lineup included his dad John Berglund and Eddie Henney. They made a huge day two come back to give Ryan his personal best and the Top Finishing Youth Angler of the tournament award.

“We started pre-fishing on Tuesday and struggled to get on good fish until Thursday afternoon,” reported John. “We came across an area with some decent fish that were feeding. That was the best we had so we were going with it on day one of the tournament.”

The team started in the dark on Friday morning making their way to the spot they had found. But when they got there another boat was already anchored in the exact spot they expected to fish.

“We just moved off a couple of hundred yards and went for it,” recalled John. “The area produced fished but just not what we needed to get to the top of the leader board.”

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Team All American Catfish weighed 59.15 pounds and was sitting in 28th place after day one. Fishing a lake for the first time is often a challenge, but the All American Catfish team was up to the task as they ventured out to compete against 94 other teams on a foggy day two of fishing at the CatMasters tourney on Tawakoni.

With nothing to lose they changed strategies and decided to fish a different area after seeing the weights that were tallied on day one.

“We didn’t think we had much of a chance to catch the leaders,” offered John. “We knew that the area we had been fishing wasn’t gonna’ produce the weights we needed so we decided to run to the one arm of the lake that we had not looked at all week during prefishing. And boy did it pay off.”

“As the sun rose on day two, we started to see all the other boats around us,” continued John. “We realized that we managed to put ourselves about 300 yards from the day one leaders. At that point, we knew we were in a good area.”

The team’s first 30 minutes of fishing time was slow, not a bite. Then Ryan hollers to the crew that he’s hooked up. His dad says that this is usually the case, that Ryan always catches the first couple of fish on tournament day. The first fish was a small under but it was a start and a reason to get the livewell filled up.

“A few minutes later Ryan was hooked up again,” John said. “This was his big one. Once we got the fish landed, we were all on cloud nine. Within about an hour Ryan and I put 4 fish in the boat that weighed roughly 120 pounds”

In the meantime, their partner, Eddie Henney, was scratching his head. He had not had a bite. By about 9:30 the bite appeared to be over and the crew moved around a few times with no more luck.

“I made for a good net man,” joked Henney. “Finally, by mid-morning on day two I caught our second biggest fish of the trip. Ryan was our guy both Friday and Saturday. He caught good fish on both days. Ryan is a great kid and has a lot of potential in the sport of catfishing. It’s always a pleasure to travel all over the country with the Berglund crew.”

“Eddies fish was our fourth over and our second biggest fish of the trip,” added John. “Just looking in the livewell and knowing what we had we were stoked, to say the least. As we weighed in, we had no idea that we would end up where we did.”

Team All American Catfish added 167.10 pounds on day two for a combined two-day weight of 226.25 pounds and a 10th place finish.

“Coming from 28th place to finish in the top 10 and earn the Top Finishing Youth Angler award was a heck of an accomplishment in our book,” concluded John. “We truly enjoy traveling and getting to fish so many awesome fisheries and meeting and talking with so many other great fishermen and women.”

Team All American Catfish fishes all over the country and Ryan is no newcomer to the game. He has been fishing with his dad for about 4 years. His prior personal best was a 52 pounder that came from the Potomac River and his biggest home waters catch is 51 pounds from the Kansas River. He is a hard worker with a never-say-die attitude.

“After a tough first day, we were feeling discouraged,” suggested Ryan. “But we changed our plans and worked harder on day two. I caught my big fish in the morning, so my adrenaline was up the rest of the day waiting to see what the competition had in store. While it wasn’t the biggest youth fish of the day, my team and I managed to place in the top 10 and get me the Top Finishing Youth Angler award. This fish is also my new personal best blue cat at 64.03 pounds.”

“I always strive to do my best in tournaments,” concluded Ryan. “For me, winning the youth angler award is a huge achievement because there are always other youths gunning for the same spot.”

Team All American Catfish gave thanks to Bloodline Catfish Tackle, RollinNation, RollinBlues, and All American Catfish Tournaments.