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September 7, 2021

The Nation’s Premier Monster Catfish Tournament Returns to Memphis for Its Sixth Year


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MEMPHIS, TN, USA--- Along the Mississippi River, there are few regions like the Memphis area that produce giant size catfish. As the story goes, Memphis’s own Bass Pro Shop’s Pyramid was decided on a catfishing trip that included Bass Pro’s founder and owner Johnny Morris and the legend himself, Bill Dance.


Shadowed only by the glimmering Bass Pro Pyramid, the country’s premier catfish tournament event, Mississippi River Monsters, will for its sixth year be taking place September 15th through the final tournament day on the 18th. Some of the best catfish anglers from around the country, including Memphis’s own Bill Dance and Duck Dynasty’s John Godwin, will be competing along with hundreds of others for thousands in cash and prizes, a new Tracker Boat, and the title of champion!


Each day of the Mississippi River Monsters event offers anglers and spectators a host of activities. The 15th and 16th, anglers that are pre-fishing for the event compete for the biggest fish and a chance to win cash and prizes. On Friday the 17th, the Bass Pro Shop’s Pyramid will host a full afternoon of seminars, where some of the best catfishing experts will provide tips and techniques every angler that enjoys the sport of fishing will want to hear about.  On Saturday, September 18th, it’s on! Competing anglers will be fishing up and down the Mississippi River for huge catfish, with weigh-in starting at 3 PM in the front of the Pyramid.


George Young, Jr., The Mississippi River Monsters tournament creator, and director stated “We are very excited for this year’s event.  With members of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, including Director Bobby Wilson, along with distinguished Commission members being in attendance, we wanted this year to be extra special. Together, Mississippi River Monsters along with Bill Dance Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops, and The American Catfishing Association, will be awarding the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and its dedicated director, Mr. Bobby Wilson with awards of appreciation.”


For more information, event credentials, and/or dignitary/celebrity interview appointments, the media is encouraged to contact George Young, Jr. at 870-897-1373 on or before September 14, 2021



July 3, 2019


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MEMPHIS, TN, USA --- B’n’M Poles and Big River Cats have been valued sponsors of the Mississippi River Monsters event over the last several years and this year is no exception.

BIG RIVER CATS along with the folks at B’n’M have contributed $1000 each for the MRM Monster Week Daily BIG Fish event. In addition, to B'n'Ms Monster Week contribution, they are awarding $3,000.00 to the team with the heaviest weight and get this, $2,000.00 to the second heaviest weight team with 4 B’n’M rods! To qualify, all you need is to have is 4 B’n’M Catfish Rods in your boat at weigh-in. This is guaranteed money that anyone can win! Doesn’t matter where you place in the tournament!

“Jack Wells and Jason McDuffie of B’n’M Poles and Wade Mansfield at BIG RIVER CATS have been a real asset and supporters of Mississippi River Monsters tournament event and on behalf of our organization and the hundreds of participants, we can’t thank them enough” Said tournament organizer, George Young, Jr.

To find out more about BIG RIVER CATS, head on over to and have a look at everything they have to offer.

For more information and to make sure you have your B’n’M poles for this event, head on over to  and check out their huge selection of quality fishing equipment.


For more information about the Mississippi River Monsters Event, contact MRM directly at 870-897-1373 or visit them online at

July 1, 2019




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MEMPHIS, TN, USA --- For the last several year’s hundreds of determined and accomplished catfish anglers from around the country have converged on the mighty Mississippi in Memphis Tennessee  to battle for the coveted right to claim their spot as the Mississippi River Monster’s Champion.  With the efforts of George Young, Jr along with the legendary master angler Bill Dance the tradition will continue.


“Late last year, we entered into an agreement to assign the rights to our event. After further consideration, the assigned promoters decided to move on to other interests. Thanking them for their great efforts and wishing them the very best, we along with Bill Dance have once again taken the popular Mississippi River Monsters event under our wing.  Moving forward we are committed to making it the best it can be for our fellow anglers, friends and valued sponsors” Stated the events founder, George Young Jr.


With a refreshed look, George Young, Jr. is moving forward with renewed energy and dedication to his event. In only a short time he has rallied together area communities and some of the fishing industries true leaders to be part of this great event.  The City of Memphis as well as West Memphis both have added their support matched with organizations such as Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Boats, Bill Dance Outdoors, Mercury Marine, B-n-M fishing, RIGRAP, Quantum, and Millennium Marine, just to name a few, have all jumped in to lend their immediate support.


“The fishing community is some of the finest group of folks our great land has to offer. Supporting the efforts of George and his amazing group of organizers and sponsors retain an event like Mississippi River Monsters here in the Memphis area was something I welcomed the chance to be involved with.  I remain very excited to be part of this tournament event, and look forward to fishing it myself!” Said Bill Dance.


This year, the Mississippi River Monsters tournament event will take place September 20 and 21.  Starting on the 20th, there will be a number of public seminars that will take place inside at the iconic Bass Pro Shops pyramid, followed by a private gathering of participating anglers, their families and friends that will review the next day’s schedule and procedures. At the evening meet and greet, thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes will be handed out to the hundreds of participants.


On the 21st, it is game on as 100 plus teams accounting for hundreds of determined catfish anglers will make their way on to the Mississippi River with the hope of catching several “River Monsters” and win the huge prize package worth tens of thousands of dollars along with the bragging rights to be called a Mississippi River Monster Champion.  The weigh-in and afternoon activities will take place starting at 1pm, Saturday outside of the Bass Pro Shops pyramid facility.  The public is invited to attend. For those that can’t make the event, they can tune in to watch many of the events live on Mississippi River Monsters Facebook page.


For more information about the Mississippi River Monsters Event, contact MRM directly at 870-897-1373 or visit them online at



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