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Clarkin’ the Big Fish Bash 2007
The second week of July brings the week-long tournament “The Big Fish Bash” to the western shores of Lake Michigan. Formerly known as “Salmon-a-Rama”, the event is hosted by the Wisconsin Salmon Unlimited Club, based out of Racine, Wisconsin. Club President Craig Bender and the members of Wisconsin SU do an absolutely fantastic job with the organization of this event. The eight-day long competition provides anglers the chance at winning not only cash, but also a boat-package, electronics, tackle, and rigging prizes. Anglers must purchase a $30.00 ticket in order to be eligible for any prizes. Many different divisions are open for anglers, including Off-Shore Boat, On-Shore, Kayak, and Youth. Another added bonus for the event is that any fish caught by hook and line methods in Lake Michigan can qualify for the event, providing the angler paid for a ticket prior to catching their fish. There are also two mini-tournaments within the event, the “Two-on-a-Boat” tournament and the “Silver Sweeps”.
Clarkin' the Little Dandy
It has been almost a year now since I first met Mike Curreri at the Educated Angler Salmon outing in Ludington. We had originally made a connection through the EA.com chat-room, but had never been able to meet up in person. While conversing over dinner and dockside chat in Ludington, I was excited to find out that Mike and I share a passion…that being trolling for walleyes on Lake Erie. A week or so after the salmon outing, Mike gave me a call and invited me out to fish with him on Lake Erie. We limited out that day in short order. It was great to finally fish with him, and we made plans for the future to try to fish together as much as our schedules would allow.
BFG and Duckdude Representin’ EducatedAngler.com
I have fished a bunch of tournaments over the last ten years, both for walleye and salmon, with minimal success save a First Place finish with Trollinator at the May Wisconsin Salmon Unlimited tournament a couple years back out of Racine. Living where I do, and fishing the Maumee River walleye run every year, I am often inclined to enter the Maumee Tackle Tournament. This tournament is for “river rats” only, as two-man teams compete in a one-day event, fishing only the river. The tournament date for this year was set for April 22nd, and I was scrambling to find a partner. Fortunately, I have recently made a quick fishing friend in Chris (aka Duckdude) who shares many of the same passions (especially walleye fishing in the river) as myself. I contacted Chris shortly after Easter, and he quickly agreed that we needed to fish this tourney together. The cool down over the week of Easter had extended the run this year, keeping the water temps down and the fish in the river. 46 teams were registered for the tourney, which was by far the largest number of teams in the 17 year history of the tournament.
Clarkin’ the Duckdude
I met Chris (a.k.a. Duckdude) a few weeks back at a get together of waterfowl hunters from Northwest Ohio. Chris grew up just West of Cleveland, and I was very happy to find out that he is an avid steelhead fisherman, having logged countless hours on the Vermilion River near his home. I have fished the “V” a couple times during the winter for steelies, but have yet to fish with someone who knows the “ins and outs” like Chris apparently does.
Great Lakes Ice
Although it is not time to be out on the big water in a boat, I still managed to find a way to get out fishing with folks with whom I previously had very little acquaintance. Over the past few months, I’ve been trading emails back and forth with CMFish51 (Corey) about duck hunting and fishing. Come to find out, the Reel Naughty boys have their stuff together when it comes to ice fishing, to go along with their extensive repertoire of open-water walleye and steelhead fishing tactics. Convinced that I would someday need the appropriate gear, I managed to spend over $150.00 over a 10 day period on ice fishing rods, reels, jigs, and various other “must haves” for ice fishing. To put it kindly, my wife just shook her head…”here we go again…you buying stuff that you do not need…”