The event hosted by the Rotary Club was not held last year, but community support brought the event back to Blountstown this weekend. Fisherman from Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, and even as far as Ohio have regularly traveled to attend.
In past years, up to 350 fishermen have competed - this year, only 50 arrived. Rotary Club leaders believe the economy could be what's to blame.
Philip McMillan the Catfish Tournament Chairman told us they we happy to see all those that did come out. "It's always nice to work with people who come to the fishery and it's just a great population of fisherman and everybody enjoys the beauty of the Apalachicola River."
Among the awards given this weekend, the biggest Flathead caught was paid a thousand dollars, the second largest was awarded $500. The money for these awards came from both sponsors and registration fees.
McMillan says despite the drop in attendance this year, they will be holding the 18th annual catfish tournament next year.