As much as I wanted to have the teams fish I made the decision to cancel this morning after a delay. I took a boat that is significantly bigger than the bulk of the field would have been fishing in and went out to the North end of the Huron Dumping grounds to see conditions for myself. There is still a Small Craft Advisory issued for the Vermilion Zone (extends to Cranberry Creek Area) The SCA was discontinued for zones West of Vermilion. After checking with as many sources as I could and going out on the water myself, I ultimately decided to error on the side of safety. I understand that no matter what I decided there were people that weren't going to like it and that is the nature of running events on Lake Erie.
We ended up awarding a total of $28,450 between the main tournament payout, big fish payout, and the two optional side pots. One was the "Bragging Rights" tradition from Walleye Central that had 45 teams, and the Side Bet for the tournament that had 54 Teams.
Most people stayed around for the drawing - only one team that won $$ was not present and they have been contacted to arrange for payment.
$500 "Concrete Fun" boat 86
$300 "Team Reel Science" boat 55
$100 "Walleye 1 Kinobie" boat 23
Fish Huron Marine Max Big Fish
$600 "Budman" boat 7
$300 "Berk-Eye" boat 9
$100 "C-Goin II" boat 45
Fish Huron South Shore Marine Pursuit / Grady White Boats
$5000 "Hooked Up" boat 74
$3500 "Elbow Deep" boat 37
$2500 "Lorenzo's Pizza" boat 34
$2000 "Crazy Ranger" boat 56
$1500 "Eye Spankers" boat 49
$1200 "1 more fish" boat 24
$1000 "Julie Anne" boat 51
$900 "Fintastic" boat 1
$800 "Bite Me" boat 29
$700 "Eye Bustin" boat 10
$600 "Lund # 1" boat 44
$500 "Good ol Boys" boat 93
$400 "T-Bone" boat 39
$350 "6 Click" boat 32
$300 "Pink Crusher" boat 46
$4050 "Guns Hoses & Outlaws" boat 35
$1350 "Bite Me" boat 29
We also had a fantastic turnout for the Charity Raffle Dinner with our best year ever in terms of the amount of donations. We will have final numbers from that after expenses early in the week but it looks like we will have over $10,000 to donate to charity - so THANK YOU for allowing us to carry on the tradition started with the Walleye Central Get Together of "FISHERMEN HELPING FISHERMEN"
“Fish Huron Ohio” is devoted to spreading the word regarding one of the greatest fresh water fisheries in North America. The construction of the four new boat ramps along the Huron River will offer the city of Huron the opportunity to better serve its visitors while meeting all of their fishing needs.
Huron is a deep water river port known as the place to be in the fall for hog walleyes, but those who live there know that the walleye fishing from March to December is an experience of a lifetime. The unbelievable smallmouth fishing along with the best perch fishing in North America happens to also take place in Huron. Cat fishing from the bank of the Huron River is productive; while Northern Pike or even the elusive Muskie can be found up river.
Huron, Ohio is nestled deep within the Western basin of Lake Erie; a short 55 miles west of downtown Cleveland. Conveniently located within 10 miles of Cedar Point Amusement Park and numerous water parks the small quaint town of Huron has an abundant of entertainment options to offer visitors of all ages. Family-friendly restaurants, the best sandy beaches on the North Coast, along with the fantastic sights and sounds from the beautiful lakefront parks makes Huron a great place to visit. During the summer months the Huron Boat Basin Amphitheatre offers free concerts and entertainment every week-end and “Movies By the River” on Wednesday evenings.
So come see for yourself why Huron, Ohio is called….”The Great Lake Place!”