Okuma Southwest Michigan Steelheaders Summer Challenge
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Monday, 14 May 2007 10:16

The Okuma Southwest Michigan Steelheaders Summer Challenge was held on May 11-12th out of St Joseph, MI.  This tournament really kicked it up a notch for 2007 by offering a $20,000 first prize for the Pro Division which doubled the number of Pros participating from 27 for 2006 to 54 for this year.  Charlie and Theresa Broadhurst, from the Fishin' Hole in St. Joe, and the Southwest Michigan Steelheaders put on a great shindig.  The tournament committee worked with several area marinas to provide free slippage for all tournament boats which included West Basin Municipal, Brian's and Tackle Haven Marina, and Pier 33.  Pier 33 gave the tournament space to use for the Captain's meeting and also for the awards ceremony.

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Fishing got better as the pre-fishing progressed and by tournament time the bite was on.  Day One saw all but 9 Pros and 9 Ams return to weigh in with limits as the fish were spread all over the area.  150+ FOW was producing hot Coho action with Kings and Trout mixed in and 100 FOW was producing great-sized spring Kings, big Lakers, and Steelhead in the mix.  Day One in the Pro Division brought some big boxes with Thunderduck taking the Day One lead with a 233+ point box but a tight field was lined up behind him within striking distance.  Day Two brought changing conditions and challenging sea state as flat glass turned to 3 to 5s over night and variable winds persisted all day.  Fishing remained hot but Best Chance Too proved to be the best in St Joe by bringing in two big limit catches and accumulating 453.17 points, Hour Time from Sturgeon Bay, WI did their work on Day Two and brought in the biggest box of the tournament, piling on 237.03 points and finishing in second just 16 points out of first.  The Pro Top Five was:

  1. Best Chance Too
  2. Hour Time
  3. Quick Release
  4. Sea Flea
  5. Strong Performance

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The Am division was a bit of a shootout as only 9 fish were needed for a limit and no bonus trout points were awarded.  The AM winner Sea-Crete did one of the toughest things to do and that is to lead on Day One and finish in first for the AM division.  While first and second place were fairly comfortable margins, third, fourth and fifth were within just about 1 point.  Maybe the most impressive fish brought to the scales was a 24.03 lbs. Laker on the boat Titan - now that's flat out a HAWG!  The Am Top Five was:

  1. Sea-Crete
  2. Shore-Hugger
  3. Lake Effect
  4. Fish Whistle
  5. Fish Stalker

This is definitely an event to attend and worth the run to fish the Southern Basin as the fishing ramps up for the season.  Thanks to Charlie and Theresa and the Southwest Michigan Steelheaders for a fun week, great food and festivities.

Pro Full Field Results - Click Here

Am Full Field Results - Click Here

The Tournament Trail 333 Championship Series had 56 participants and again a tight field as Hoggin' won the Port Championship with a 3 fish weight of 40.75 lbs.  333 Top Five was:

  1. Hoggin'
  2. Hunter
  3. Finweaver
  4. Reel Crazy II
  5. Tie-One-On

333 Full Results - Click Here

 
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