Sixty fishermen participated in the Carp Fishing Tournament that was held last Saturday on the North Raccoon River. The event was hosted by the Mudd Foot River Billies; a total of seven hundred and three pounds of carp were caught. This is one hundred and thirty pounds more than last year’s catch.
The fish were given to Saving Our Avian Resources (S.O.A. R.) in Dedham, Iowa. They will be used as food for eagles, hawks, and owls that are recovering from illness or injuries.
The largest carp was caught by Bryan Galivan, it weighed ten pounds and four ounces. Bryan said he caught it in three feet of water downstream from the Spring Valley Boat Ramp. He was using dough bait that he made from an eighty year old recipe that was handed down to him from his grandfather. This same bait formula, used by other fishermen, has caught the largest carp for the past three years of the tournament.
Steve Stammer and Les Walton fished for seven hours in the Jefferson area and brought in the heaviest stringer of nineteen carp that tipped the scale at one hundred and thirty pounds. They were using cornmeal and sugar dough bait that Steve made the night before the tournament.
The Mudd Foot River Billies thanked the participants of the tournament and the many merchants that donated prizes for the raffle. Special thanks were given to Bill Heady of Midwest Basement Systems for donating the boat, motor, and trailer and Fareway Stores for the donating the food for the event. The tournament was held as a fundraiser for children in the area that have cystic fibrosis.