Onekama Marine Memorial Weekend Shakedown
Written by Scott MacDonald - Tournament Trail   
Tuesday, 05 June 2007 03:57
The Onekama Marine Memorial Weekend Shakedown took place in Onekama over the Holiday weekend.  The event got off to great start with a 20 percent increase in participation over its inaugural year in 2006.  The Shakedown is a 5-fish-limit tournament with no Pro/Am split.  Boats could fish out of Onekama, Manistee or Arcadia.  On day 1 the fishing was hit or miss.  About half the boats competing were able to bring their limits to the scales.  A few boats, however were skunked and many others came in with only 1 or 2 fish.

Day 1 – Top  5 (points & pounds)

  1. Netminder     103.80
  2. Fish N Machine    102.00
  3. No Mercy     100.60
  4. Out Law        99.70
  5. Alibi        99.20

The start of Day 2 was touch and go with Mother Nature as the weather committee boats kept a close eye on a few lingering storm clouds and some dense early morning fog around the 3 tournament harbors.  However, just before the official start time of 7:00am the clouds dissipated, the fog lifted and the teams were able to start the 2nd day on time.

It was a much better day overall with nearly 80% of the tournament teams returning with their 5 fish.  The limit catches made for an exciting finish at the scales.  The team from Alibi proved that consistency pays with 5 fish limits on both days, each of them tipping the scales at just over 49 pounds.  That was enough to get them the overall win.  The biggest mover on day 2 was Reel Pressure who turned in the biggest box of the entire tournament at 55.55 pounds.  Their big catch launched them all the way from 13th place after day 1 to 2nd place overall.

Overall Shakedown – Top 5 (points & Pounds)
  1. Alibi        199.05
  2. Reel Pressure    194.25
  3. Sarah J        191.35
  4. Netminder    188.80
  5. Out Law        187.70 

46 of the 49 boats in the Onekama Marine Memorial Weekend Shakedown participated in the Gander Mountain 333 Championship Series.  Here are the top 5 with their total
3-fish weight:

  1. Netminder    41.00
  2. Alibi        38.95
  3. Reel Pressure    37.80
  4. Stinger        36.20
  5. Fish Fingers    36.05

Full Onekama Result - Ladies, Shakedown, 333 - Click Here

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