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Galvan and Walker earn first King Kat Tournament win

June 27, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Rockford Register-Star

After three years of tournament fishing together, David Galvan and Tom Walker figured it was only a matter of time before they captured their first victory.

“Fishing with him, I knew it would happen,” Walker said of his teammate.

Their time arrived today in the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail stop on the Rock River.
Walker, 63, of Como, and Galvan, 38, of Rock Falls collected the $2,500 first-place check with a five-fish limit of 36.35 pounds.

They also had the big fish honors with a 17.20-pound flathead, which was worth $500.

“That is our thing,” Galvan said of flatheads.

Their limit included three flats and two channel catfish. Their biggest channel was 6.11 pounds.

Fishing the Rock between Loves Park and Roscoe, they caught the big flathead on a bluegill at 8:30 a.m.

Walker “babied” the fish for 15 minutes before boating it.

“We were both sweating and shaking like crazy,” Walker said of the excitement during the fight.

Galvan saw dollar signs when they got the fish in the boat.

“I was hoping it got us in the money,” said Galvan, who has placed fourth, 11th and 12th the past three years in the King Kat’s Dixon tournaments with Walker.

The boats launched out of Sportscore One at 6:30 a.m. The tournament ended at 3 p.m.

“The good conditions were good until around noon when the pleasure boats came out,” Galvan said.

The event drew 32 teams from Illinois (24 teams), Iowa (4), Missouri (2), Indiana (1) and Wisconsin (1). Twenty-one teams weighed in fish.

Tanner Tabor, King Kat director, was expecting 40 to 50 teams for the inaugural Rockford stop. He believed the weak economy, recent stormy weather and the close scheduling to the trail’s stop in Dixon two weeks ago hindered the boat count.

“But 32 teams, it could have been worse,” said Tabor, who anticipates Rockford being on the schedule again next year. “This is a good building block.”

The top 20 finishers today qualified for the King Kat Classic Oct. 27-29 in Burlington, Iowa, Rockford was the seventh of the trail’s 15 stops.

Reporter Doug Goodman can be reached at 815-987-1386 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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