For the last 10 years, Denver Trout Unlimited has hosted the Carp Slam. A fishing event on the South Platte River right through Denver. Proceeds from the event go towards the continuing efforts of improving the South Platte. This year over $16,000 was raised that will be used to seed Denver South Platte River restorations, habitat studies, water temperature monitoring and helping secure water for the Chatfield expansion Environmental Pool.
Chris Galvin, defending champion, hooked into one of the Mile High Stadium carp under the I-25 bridge and carefully moved it downstream in order not to disturb the pod. Ten minutes later, he tricked another for a masterful 2 fish within a few minutes. He added another only ten minutes before the morning session ended to take the lead going into the lunch break at Black-Black Cafe.
In the afternoon session he left his amateur, James Davis, alone while he scouted for more carp. When he returned he found that Davis, the last slamateur to register and initially classified as an alternate, had landed two carp! With 5 carp for a total of 113.75 inches, the Galvin/Davis team defended the title and brought home the coveted Carp Cup awash in Upslope beer. The total inches of carp was the largest team total since Carp Slam record keeping began.
Second place was snatched by Trevor Tanner and Kyle Richards. Third place went to the team of Frank Smethurst and rookie Vernon Naake with 3 fish for 70.38 inches.
Awards also went to the individuals that raised the most funds. Ronnie Crawford with DTU won this gold scale custom carp reel as the top crowd source fundraiser.