By Doug Halberstadt
If you happen to notice more people fishing on the banks of the Rock River this weekend, it just might be because they are hoping to land a huge catfish and win the Cabela’s King Kat tournament.
The one-day tournament Saturday, June 25, is sponsored by Cabela’s and is open to fishermen and women of all ages and skill levels. This is an opportunity for local catfish anglers to compete for cash, prizes and a chance to advance to the Cabela’s King Kat Classic to be held on the Mississippi River at Burlington, Iowa, Oct. 27-29.
The tournament weigh-in will be held at the Sportscore One Complex, 100 Elmwood Road, in Rockford. Tournament hours are 6:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. All anglers must be in weigh-in line by 4 p.m. with a five-fish limit per team. To help preserve the sport, only live fish will be weighed in, and all fish will be released during or after the tournament to be caught again on another day. For a complete list of rules, visit their website at www.kingkatusa.com.
Interested anglers must pre-register and limit their fishing to the Rock River from the Oregon Dam to Illinois Hwy. 75 in Rockton, Ill.
In addition to the tournament, there will also be a free kids’ fishing rodeo. This event is free of charge and open to all youth 12 and younger. Sign up is 8-9 a.m. with the Kids’ Fishing Event running 9-11 a.m. All children will receive a prize just for entering.
Kids are encouraged to bring their favorite rod, reel and bait and show their true fishing ability. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Prizes for winners will be given in two age groups, 0-7 and 8-12. The event is free to all children 12 and younger with all participants eligible for a chance to win one of the six Outdoor Promotions $2,000 scholarships to be awarded in October.
For entry forms or for more information about this or any other Cabela’s King Kat tournament, call (270) 395-6774, fax (270) 395-4381 or visit www.kingkatusa.com.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the June 22-28 issue