Boats crowd lake in search of salmon
Written by Muskegon Chronicle   
Monday, 18 July 2005 09:58
The Muskegon Sportfishing Association Cabela's Salmon Shootout, which was Saturday and Sunday based at Great Lakes Marina on Muskegon Lake, turned into one of the largest fishing tournaments ever staged in the area.

The Salmon Shootout was divided into two divisions, professional and amateur, and attracted competing crews from as far away as Michigan City, Ind. A total of 75 teams fished as amateurs and 24, most of which were charter boats, competed in the professional category.

The fishing conditions were unusual for the middle of July as a steady diet of northeast winds lowered the near-shore water temperatures down to the 40-degree mark and that was on the surface.

The cold water brought in the baitfish (alewives) which in turn attracted the predatory trout and salmon. Large numbers of chinook salmon had entered the Muskegon Channel to feed but those waters were ruled out-of-bounds, so many of the competing teams chose to start fishing just outside the breakwater arms where the action was fast and furious during the first hour of daylight.

Ten points were awarded for each fish caught and one additional point was given for each pound.

Thunderduck won the professional division with 410 points, followed by Win N Angel (384), My Tiara (380) and Reel Action (377).

Side Job won the amateur division with 344 points, followed by Nine Fingers (342), Reel Deal (326) and Widow Maker (323).

The largest fish weighed during the two-day event was the 22.10-pound king salmon caught by the crew of Details. The fish was worth $500 for being the heaviest fish caught on Sunday plus another $2,500 as the heaviest fish of the contest.

There was also a special women and kids event, sponsored by The Muskegon Chronicle and Lakeside Marine, held on Friday.

Winning the $1,000 top prize in the women and kids tournament was My Tiara of Grand Haven. Water Dog of Muskegon was second, followed by Jack-In-The-Box of Muskegon and Princess Bel of Whitehall.

 
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