Ludington Gander Mountain Offshore
Written by Educated Angler   
Tuesday, 31 July 2007 14:45

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.

333 - Full Results

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