Reef Runners ruled the leaderboard for the Fish Huron Ohio Spring Walleye Challenge held Saturday May 22. Gary Smith's Team "Up the River Gang" had a HUGE catch of 47.89# for their 5 biggest walleye worth $2,500 plus the WBSA $100 Contingency Bonus for having a WBSA member on the team. They reported their fish were caught on Reef Runners fishing in 32 feet of water between Huron and Vermilion.
2nd place and $1,800 went to the team from Cranberry Creek Marina who pulled worm harnesses for 43.72 pounds.
3rd place went to team "DaNutz" with 43.43 pounds good for $1,400
4th place went to Ron Gribble's Huron team "Budman" with 41.97# for $1,200. They also caught a 10.66# walleye which earned them another $500 as the "South Shore Marine" Big Walleye winner. Team Budman pulled their fish on Reef Runners in 30 feet of water.
5th place and $1,000 went to Matt Whitacre's team with 41.71#
6th place $700 Charles Robinson 39.08#
7th place $600 Gary Acierni "EYES ON" 36.38#
8th place $400 Virgil Tent "FishCrazy" 35.51#
9th place $300 Sean Boutin Rich Benoit Marc Bottone "CAROLINA GIRL / ENDTUITION / MY BONNIE"
2nd Big Walleye weighing 10.49# worth $300 was caught by Jim Clymer's "KATE & EYE" team on a Reef Runner.
3rd Big Walleye weighing 10.47# was caught by Curtis Yingling's team on a Reef Runner - and they won $150 worth of Reef Runners to add to their collection.
The weights were fantastic for a late May tournament with 5 teams weighing over 40 pounds for a 5 fish limit (18 teams had over 30 pounds) and 7 walleye over 10 pounds coming to the scales. All three of the Big Fish award winners caught their fish on Reef Runners. Teams that placed in the money reported catching their fish on Reef Runners and worm harnesses with more teams mentioning Reef Runners. We weighed a total of 1,304.33 pounds of walleye. The entry fee for the event was $200 which included entry to the big walleye pot. We paid out $10,700 in cash plus the $100 WBSA contingency bonus and the $150 Reef Runner Lure package. 57 teams fished the event. Full results will be on the Fish Huron Ohio website.
would like to THANK all of the anglers that fished the tournament and all of our sponsors & volunteers that help make it possible:
Huron Yacht Club - Pre-Tournament Angler's Party
I5's Bar & Grill - Post Tournament Awards Party
South Shore Marine - Big Fish Sponsor
District Petroleum (Shell Gas Stations)
Marconi's Italian Restaurant (morning coffee & snacks)
Huron Lagoon's Marina
The Plantation Motel
The Chapman Group Insurance
The Gull Motel
The Huron Chamber of Commerce
Western Basin Sportfishing Association - WBSA.US
Reef Runner Lures
Huron Parks - Boat Basin Staff
Pabodie Design Studio - Website & Online Support
WE WILL BE HOLDING A FALL WALLEYE CHALLENGE WITH THE SAME FORMAT. THE DATE IS SET FOR SATURDAY OCTOBER 2. WATCH FOR DETAILS THIS SUMMER!