Anglers prepare for Budweiser Pro-Am

News Advocate File Photo Anglers from all around Michigan will come to Manistee this weekend for the Budweiser Pro-Am.

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Anglers from all around Michigan will come to Manistee this weekend for the Budweiser Pro-Am.

 

For anglers in the Manistee area this upcoming weekend is one of the biggest of the year.

There are three events spread out through the week starting today with the Kids Fish Day on Man Made Lake at 9 a.m., and two bigger events over the weekend.

On Friday the Ladies Classic begins at 6 a.m., and the teams will leave from either Manistee, Onekama or Arcadia. At least two members of every team needs to be a woman. This tournament had 22 teams last year.

On Saturday the Budweiser Pro-Am will begin, with anglers leaving from the same three spots. This also begins at 6 a.m. The Bud Pro-Am will stretch over two days with the weigh ins being on Sunday afternoon.

The winners will be decided by the total weight plus 10 points per fish.

Prizes will also be given for the “Big Fish” category, or to whomever catches the biggest salmon, lake trout or steelhead.

The Pro-Am is also a part of the Tournament Trail, which is a series of fishing tournaments around the Great Lakes with pretty big cash rewards. A fisherman has two days to catch and weigh their three biggest fish and there is a guaranteed $1,000 cash prize at each event.

“There are some very skilled amateur boats that will be there. There’s a Pro and Am division, but there are some very skilled amateurs,” Manistee County Sport Fishing Association president Kevin Hughes said. “The good news with the Tournament Trail and how our tournament is set up, you don’t have to catch a whole lot of fish, but if you get your hook into one big one you can get a lot of money. With (salmon) between 25-30 lbs. you could win $1,000.”

Hughes says he hopes turnout will be at or higher than a year ago, when 47 teams showed up. There were 32 amateur boats and 15 professional boats, and 22 of the 47 teams were able to at least take home something in regards to prizes.

“We’re hoping that we maintain or increase our participation rate. That’s our goal as an association. We at least want to maintain where we’re at,” he said.

To sign up for one of the tournaments you would go to one of the Captain’s Meetings at 7 p.m. for both tournaments. The meeting takes place the the night before at the Lions Pavilion at the First St. Beach.

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Posted by Brian Fogg

Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or bfogg@pioneergroup.com.

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