Grand Haven team reels in tourney win
Written by Grand Rapids Press   
Monday, 11 July 2005 18:41
The Hit Man came from Grand Haven and conquered. Grand Haven charter captain Chip Klein, and his crew and boat the Hit Man, grabbed first place and $4,000 in the professional division of the 13th Annual Holland Steelheaders Salmon Slam Fishing Tournament held Saturday and Sunday in Lake Michigan.

Hit Man, which has won the tourney before, had a total of 342.45 points, just edging out Win-N-Angel at 342.29. Eighty-nine boats were entered in the tournament

"We ran back home and fished right in the mud in front of the piers in Grand Haven in 25 to 50 feet of water," said Klein, who has been fishing in the Great Lakes for 37 years. "We used predominantly stinger spoons and later on used Rapture trolling flies."

His crew consisted of Don Lipinski, John Selbig and Ben Wickstrom.

Klein said so far this summer he also has placed second in Grand Haven, ninth in South Haven and plans to compete in Muskegon.

"We really haven't been into tournaments a lot. If I'm chartering, I figure two trips a day guaranteed pays me better than chasing butterflies around on the Lake."

Scoring consisted of a 12 fish daily limit at 10 points per fish, one point per pound.

The official weigh-in took place at the Yacht Basin Marina on Lake Macatawa.

Dennis Eade, the event coordinator, was pleased with the outcome.

"The weather was absolutely fantastic," Eade said. "We're very happy with the number of fish that were caught."

Putting on their PJs

PJ's Too won the amateur division and $1,500 with 354.33 points.

Shock Therapy finished in second place with 340.43 points.

"The guys were ready to fish," said PJ's Too captain Jim Pomaranski, of Holland. "We've been fishing together for about five years."

The rest of the crew consists of Mike Cramer, Mike Delgado, Rich Kasper and Larry Taylor.

"It's a lot of camaraderie with the guys and we enjoy the fishing and the team sport," said Pomaranski, who's employed at Consumers Energy. "We have more fun than we actually fish. We don't take it all that serious."

"The money's not that important, it's just having the bragging rights and the trophy."

Sun Dog won the 333 contest with a total of 46.25 points.

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