Team Stocks Victorious at King Kat Event

Richard "CatBurger" Stocks and Dorothy Stocks show off part of their winning catch.
King Kat

This past Saturday, June 24th, the Cabela?s King Kat Tournament Trail hit the waters of the Alabama River at Selma, Alabama which will play host to the 2012 Cabela's King Kat Classic September 27th, 28th and 29th. In the event over 70 top anglers from 8 different states were competing not only for cash and prizes, but the opportunity to qualify for the 2012 Cabela?s King Kat Classic.

"It was hot, with over 300 spectators making good use of what shade could be found," said Tanner Tabor.

"The heat plus lack of current made fishing tough and add to it the fact that these fish are just coming off the spawn just made it even tougher. Many pre-fishing reports had teams thinking it would take over 100 pounds to win, but that's fishing", said Tanner. "At the Kids Fishing Rodeo Saturday morning we had over 100 kids and I think every kid had their line broke at least once, but even with the heat all 103 kids caught at least 1 fish".

<pResults for the Top 5 Teams

Taking first place was the Valley Grande, Alabama team of Richard "CatBurger" Stocks and Dorothy Stocks weighing in 52.55 pounds and earning $2,500.00 for first place. Richard and Dorothy also captured big fish of the event with a 17.05 pounds cat earning the team an additional $500.00. Richard and Dorothy up river towards the dam in 27-33 feet of water using cut bait, brim and skipjack to catch 9 fish for the day. The team wished to thank all their sponsors for their support which helped make this win possible.

In second place was the well known team of Phil King and Tim Haynie of Corinth, Mississippi with a total weight of 45.55 pounds and earning $1,200.00. Phil and Tim, the Cabela's sponsored team were fishing several miles upriver targeting a depth of 20-40 feet. The team was using skipjack to catch over 100 pound of fish for the day and wish to thank their many sponsors for their support.

Third place went to Johnny Jones of Martinsville, Virginia and Ronnie Hughes of Madison, Virginia with a weight of 24.95 pounds and earning $700.00. Johnny and Ronnie were fishing a 7 mile stretch of the river both up and down from the boat ramp targeting 25-40 feet of water using cut brim to catch 10 fish for the day.

Derek Thorne of Northport, Alabama and Jay Grace of Hayden, Alabama took fourth place with a weight of 14.15 pounds earning $400.00. Derek and Jay were fishing 10 miles upriver in 25-50 feet of water using live shad to catch 5 fish for the day.

Fifth place went to the Knoxville, Tennessee team of Terohn Heinrich and Jarad Coker weighing in 12.35 pounds and earning $200.00. Terohn and Jarad were fishing near Millers Ferry in 35-55 feet of water using skipjack to catch 3 fish for the day.

"We wish to thank the City of Selma, Dallas County Commission, Chamber of Commerce, the Alabama Power Company, Elton Reese, Sheryl Smedley, Mayor Evans, The Arts Revive, Fran Pearce, Ann Thomas, Rountree Electric, and Pepsi for their support in making this event possible", said Tournament Director Tanner Tabor. For more information on the area call: (334) 874-2101 or visit their website at: //

For entry forms or information on Cabela?s King Kat Trail phone 270-395-6774, fax 270-395-4381 or visit our website at For media information contact Larry Crecelius at or phone 812-525-2707.

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