Catfish, tournament, CatMasters, Texas, Josh Smith, Brian St. Alma, Tawakoni, blue cat, state record, lake record

Cowen Wittman’s decision to fish produced his hoped-for PB.

With nearly 5 tons of catfish weighed in two days of fishing, young Cowen Wittman caught just a small percent of the total weight. But his personal best 67.92-pound blue cat proved to be the Big Fish of The CatMasters on Tawakoni tournament. The young angler was fishing with his uncle Josh Smith.

Catfish, tournament, CatMasters, Texas, Josh Smith, Brian St. Alma, Tawakoni, blue cat, state record, lake recordI first heard of Cowen when I had a message from Tournament Director Bryan St. Alma. He told me of a phone call he had early on the morning of day two. It seems that Cowen had forgotten his jersey.

“I had a team call me Saturday morning,” recalled St. Alma. “Cowen Wittman had left his jersey at the cabin. He asked me if I would go get it.”

During the call Cowen’s uncle Josh told St. Alma that he (Josh) had asked Cowen if it would be OK to leave at noon if they weren’t doing very well. He explained that they were setting in 54th place and chances were slim.

Cowen’s response to his uncle was quick and unabashed, “I’d rather fish all day to possibly catch my new personal best!”

“I gladly went and got his jersey,” joked St. Alma. “Cowen went on to land a personal best that also won Big Fish of the tournament. Most of this was done by 9 am and he was an excited young man.”

As it turns out, the 67.92-pound blue is the unofficial Youth record on Lake Tawakoni. Later research suggests that it just might be a state record too.

Proud uncle, Josh described the morning catch as awesome. The team was anchored in 5 to 6 feet of water when the big fish came to the boat.

“He is just in awe that he got his personal best,” explained Smith. “His last personal best came in our local tournament series finale. He caught the fish that helped us win the tournament and lock up our points championship last fall.  He’s been on a heck of a run with us since last summer.”

“We had an 8-hour ride home this morning,” continued Smith. “He may have put the plaque down for an hour during the ride. Cowen is a blast to have around and a heck of a fisherman for his age. He lives about 45 min from me where he is on cloud nine.”

“He has always loved fishing,” replied Cowen’s mom Chrystal. “He is so excited and maybe a little overwhelmed with all of the great comments people are leaving for him on Facebook. We are lucky Josh takes him along.

Catfish, tournament, CatMasters, Texas, Josh Smith, Brian St. Alma, Tawakoni, blue cat, state record, lake recordFrom all indications, eleven-year-old Cowen Wittman is a natural catman, but it also appears that he has a good tutor.

Note:  The Catmasters are currently submitting paperwork to Texas Parks and Wildlife to make Cowen Wittman’s 67.92-pound blue cat the official Lake Tawakoni Youth Record and the Texas State Youth Record catfish.