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The Mansitee Salmon Splash was held on July 28th and 29th out of Manistee Michigan with a total of 76 boats - 43 Am and 33 Pro. Controversy surrounding the tribal commercial fishing nets leading up to the tournament seems to have affected the turnout with seemingly light turnout in both the AM and Pro divisions although the nets didn't play a part in the fishing over the weekend event. Hardwork by the Mansitee Area Charterboat Association, Tournament Trail, Manistee County Sportfishing Association, and others produced well listed positions of the nets and separation of the tournament from tribal related sponsors such as the Little River Casino.
Prefishing weather produced excellent catches but again as the previous weekend changing winds moved the fish around and limit catches were tough to come by with only 3 Ams and 4 Pros bringing limit catches to the scales on both days.
Pros and Ams alike found fish one day only to return to the spot and not be able to produce limits on the next day. Winds shifted around blowing from South to North to East and around again moving the water around again.
In the Pro Division Trout Scout III was able to put together back to back limits to produce two good boxes with a total of 444.85, followed by Best Chance Too and Finsation. AMs saw two limit boxes come in for the first three places with Fish Fingers pulling off the victory at 391.7 followed by Sweet Cherry and Almost Paradise.
The Big Boys only tournament within the tournament went to Best Chance Too with a $10,000 win on the big boys side bet of $1,000 each per Pro boat. Netminder and Shirley B followed in seocnd and third taking the rest of the money as 20 Pro teams competed.
Salmon Splash - Full Results
333 saw Off Call take the port championship with a 51.40 three fish weight and Fish Caller taking the big fish with a 19.65 king.
333 - Full Results
The Ludington Gander Mountain Offshore Classic was held July 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd in Ludington, Michigan. This is the largest of the tournament trail stops bringing in 159 Amateur and 60 Pro boats to the Lake Michigan port, while entries were down from the 2006 high but competition was still tough. The Ludington Offshore offers many opportunities for anglers to go out and compete starting on Thursday the 19th.
Prefishing was great early in the week as water conditions had setup and the fish were starting to come together. But as with all tournies the weather was about to turn as the first event of the week commenced. Thursday started the events with the Ruboy Thursday Tournament, in memory of Capt. Pete Ruboyianes taking place with 81 entries. The morning began with a 2 foot chop but a solid 20 knot wind shift hit from the North blowing up 6' + seas as boats continued to pursue big Kings.
Ruboy Thursday - Full Results
Friday's tournaments were delayed by two hours waiting for the sea state to calm down after the hard North blow and conditions had changed dramatically on the lake. Both the Ladies and Kids events did commence and a good time was had by all with 101 kids entered and great turn-outs for both Pro and Am Ladies divisions.
West Shore Bank Youth Classic - Full Results
Bud Lights Ladies Am - Full Results
Bud Lights Ladies Pro - Full Results
Saturday and Sunday saw mixed fishing as continuing wind shifts plagued the area making fishing tough as prefishing information was worthless as all had changed. Cold water had moved on-shore and a few anglers adapted and took advantage of the changing conditions. Capt. Mark Chmura of Pier Pressure, a Manistee-area charter captain, took advantage showing that he may be the best cold water shallow water angler on the lake by winning the Pro Division. Dreamweaver and Blue Fairways represented Ludington well with limit catches both days but they weren't enough to overcome Pier Pressure's 461.80 points.
Just Write took the AM Division with the only 2 day limit catch within the AMs, and Ka-lee and Fish'n Machine were tight together in second and third.
AM Division - Full Results
Pro Division - Full Results
The 333 had 99 competitors join in and the highest total on the tournament trail this year of 51.80 # took the win - luckily by the publishers of Educated Angler - Team Experience Outdoors! Big Fish went to our dock mates Reel People with 20.15 tipping the scales.
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