40 pounds for a 5 walleye limit is a good day in just about any tournament and normally would put your team “in the money” but in the Fish Huron Ohio Walleye Challenge held Saturday October 5th at the Huron Boat Basin there were 21 teams that weighed over 40 pounds for their 5 fish limit. There were 478 walleye caught during the tournament with a total weight of 3306 pounds and an average weight of 6.92 pounds.
“TEAM BATO” won the tournament with 44.38#. Tony Plue(Sandusky), Chuck DiSanto(Huron), Rocky Callihan(Huron), and Jeff Hewit(Huron) fished about 12 miles Northeast of Huron in a 23 foot Hydra-Sport. They caught 27 fish throughout the day on worm harnesses. Their best color pattern was a Silver Streak “CJ Special” blade behind 3 ounce inline weights between 70 and 80 feet back at 1.8 MPH. They won $5,000 for first place but did not enter the side bet which paid out another $4,725 and went to the 2nd place team of Jason Kopf, Jeff Seyka, and Rockstar. Kopf’s “Team Carnage” had 43.69# and won a total of $8,225 - $3,500 for 2nd place and $4,725 from the side bet. They also reported being within 12 miles of Huron.
A handful of teams gambled on a long run to the East between Ashtabula & Geneva – making 100+ mile one way runs. The third place “Team Missfits” Eric Vandenk and Bob Barnhart made the run and weighed 42.52# good for 3rd place winning a total of $4,075 - $2,500 for 3rd place and $1,575 for the side bet.
The rest of the teams that were “IN THE MONEY” – top 15 places - all reported fishing within 12 miles of the Huron River – most commonly reported location was near the Huron Dumping Grounds and most of the teams reported pulling their fish on worm harnesses and some pulling Reef Runners.
The big walleye of the tournament was caught by “Team Medina Plating” of John Wagner, Shawn Ritchie, & Jim Swick. They won $1,200 for the 11.08 pound walleye. There were 11 walleye over 10 pounds brought to the scales.
The tournament paid out a total of $29,650 with the addition of the side bet and the Walleye Central Bragging Rights Big Fish payouts.
During the Friday night dinner & raffle over $7,000 was raised for charity. The funds will go to two different Wounded Warriors organizations and also to the Outreach Walleye Club.
“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!”
June 7 & 8 Lake Erie Walleye Trail
Sept. 26-28 Masters Walleye Circuit
Oct. 4 Fish Huron Ohio Walleye Challenge
Team BATO 1st Place Winners
Big Fish - Team Medina Plating
Team Carnage - 2nd Place Winners