301 Redirects of old URL's

My site formally used a URL rewrite component called LinkFreeze to change the URL's to "SEO friendly URLs".
EX: 'www.mysite.com/category.asp?cat=3&subcat=2'  would be changed to  'www.mysite.com/category~3~subcat~2.asp'

Moving forward to 2018... I'm unable to use this component anymore so there are thousands of orphan URL's out there.  I wrote a simple script for a custom 404 page that redirects the URL to the correct (original) format of 'www.mysite.com/category.asp?cat=3&subcat=2'.  This works, but I was hoping there was a way to do a 301 redirect using URL Rewrite.  I'm open to any suggestions.
EddieWeb SlackerAsked:
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Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
Did you try the URL Rewrite extension for IIS? What version of IIS are you using?
https://www.iis.net/downloads/microsoft/url-rewrite

www.mysite.com/category~3~subcat~2.asp was never super SEO friendly links, perhaps opportunity to fix this?

SEO friendly IMHO looks like this
www.mysite.com/fruits/apples
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EddieWeb SlackerAuthor Commented:
Agreed, the link format was a bad idea from the start. Unfortunately, they are still out there for our site by the 1000's.  My 404 page redirects them to the correct URL format but I need to find a way to redirect them with a 301.  I'm using Windows Server 2012, IIS 8.   I'm confident the URL Rewrite will work but I'm not sure of the syntax.
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