Galvan, Walker Take Rock River King Kat Event

Galvan, Walker Take Rock River King Kat Event

This past Saturday June 25th the Cabela?s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of the Rock River at Rockford, Illinois where anglers from several different cities and states were competing not only for cash and prizes, but the opportunity to qualify for the 2011 Cabela?s King Kat Classic. This year's Cabela?s King Kat Classic will be held on the Mississippi River at Burlington, Iowa, October 27-28-29, 2011.

As nearly 70 anglers weighed in their fish over 100 spectators watched on to see these large fish which the anglers struggled to find during the day of competition. This was really not the caliber of fish that these anglers were looking for, but with cool temperatures and light rain all week these fish were changing patterns and difficult to locate for the anglers.

"We wish to thank the Rockford Area CVB for their support of the event and making the first ever stop in Rockford a great one", said Tournament Director Tanner Tabor. For more information on the area call: (800) 877-1652 or visit their website at:

Results for the Top 5 Teams

Taking first place was the team of David Galvan of Rock Falls, Illinois and Tom Walker of Sterling, Illinois weighing in a total 36.35 pounds which included big fish of the event with a 17.2 pound flathead. David and Tom were fishing just north of Atwood, Illinois targeting 4-10 feet of water using live bluegill to catch a total of 7 catfish for the day. Teams are allowed to weigh in their top 5 live fish for the day. At the end of the day the team earned $2,500.00 for first place and an additional $500.00 for big fish of the event.

In second place was Jesse Ryan of Erie, Illinois and Nick Stern of Erie, Illinois weighing in 21.8 pounds and earning $1,100.00. Jesse and Nick were fishing above the Oregon dam in 7-13 feet of water using creek chubs and live bluegill. The team caught nearly 30 fish for the day.

Third place went to Joe Dyer of Rock Falls, Illinois and Dan Dippel of Ottawa, Illinois with 20.55 pounds and earning $400.00. Joe and Dan were fishing above the Oregon dam in 4-8 feet of water using shad guts to catch 20 fish for the day.

Ray Sanders of Rock Falls, Illinois and Robin Sanders of Malta, Illinois took fourth place with a weight of 14.8 pounds and earned $300.00. Ray and Robin were fishing the Rockford pool in 8-10 feet of water to catch 5 fish for the day.

Fifth place went to Donald Moore III of Quincy, Illinois and Brad Pruett of Pleasant Hill, Illinois with a total weight of 14.25 pounds and earned $200.00. Donald and Brad were fishing about 2 miles above the dam on the Rockford pool in 2-5 feet of water using live and cut shad to catch 5 fish for the day.

For more upcoming tournaments and results from past events, click here.

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