Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Grand Haven Offshore Challenge Kids & Ladies Tournament

2012 Tournament Schedule

Friday, June 1st, 2012 - Ladies & Kids Tournament

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012 - Pro / Am

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012 - Pro / Am 

NEW in 2012 Catch 15 Weigh 12. No Boundaries.

The Grand Haven Offshore Challenge began in 1996 with a group of local fisherman Capt. Willis Kerridge, Capt. George Hays, Bill Rodgers and Chuck Pistis. These four decided to promote the local fishery and economy during a quieter time of the summer, the weekend after Memorial Day. The first year they hosted approximately 60 boats and have now grown to over 143 boats in 2006. Pros Down trollers was the major sponsor the first year and was critical in getting this tournament on its feet and they have continued for 10 years to support this event. Throughout the years the tournament has seen weather from one extreme to the other, fishing in winter coats to scorching 90 degrees and the straight line winds in 1998 that destroyed the Grand Haven show mobile and much of Chinook Pier and its boats.

The first year's tournament paid the Pro Division a top prize of $4,000 and the AM Division $1,000. With the help of our Classic Sponsors, Proos, Ridgeview Industries, Tiara Yachts, Pursuit and Toledo Beach West and many, many other business's we have been able to raise that to Pro $10,000 and AM $5,000 in 2005.

As the Tournament continued to grow the board of directors decided we wanted to give something back to the fishery and the community and as of February 23, 2001 the Tournament received its official 501(c)(3) status and the IRS recognizes us as a charitable organization. Because of this we have put many exciting projects in place including a scholarship program and the Baby Chinook Program.

2012 Grand Haven Offshore Challenge Kids & Ladies Rules

I. ELIGIBILITY A. Open to any fishing team consisting of boys age 16 and under and any female willing to abide by Tournament rules, Michigan DNR regulations and payment of entry fees.

II. ENTRY FEES A. Entry fee is $150 per boat. There will be both a PRO & AM Division.
B. The Tournament committee alone will determine entry fee refund in case of emergency withdrawal.
C. In the event of Tournament cancellation due to weather or reasons beyond the control of the Tournament committee, the committee reserves the right to retain up to 10% of the entry fee for costs, before refunding the remainder.

III. SCORING A. Winners will be determined by total accumulation of points based on:
--- Ten (10) points per legal fish boated, plus
--- One (1) point per pound (nearest hundredth pound) total weight
B. The team accumulating the highest number of points over all hours of the tournament will be declared the winner; the contestant with the next highest accumulation of points, second and so on.
C. The following species shall be eligible: Chinook Salmon,, Lake Trout, Atlantic Salmon, Pink Salmon, Coho Salmon, Brown Trout, Steelhead
D. Each team Captain will designate their 5 fish they wish to have weighed in prior to getting in line to weigh-in. Plus their smallest fish for the Small Fish contest for a total of 6 fish. Don't forget to write your best "Fish Tale" on the sheet provided, please use only the spaces allowed! Be creative or use your own real true fish tale!

A. The Tournament fishing date is Friday June 1st, 2012
B. Tournament Schedule
1. Thursday, May 31, registration 5:30 - 7:30 PM Captain's meeting to follow.
2. Friday June 1st, 2012
6:30 Begin the fishing period.
All boats must be inside pier head by 12:30PM
No Run Times
Award, ceremony will immediately follow completion of weigh-in.

VI. START & FINISH A. Tournament control will start and end each Tournament period by radio communication on channel 06 FM.
B. Once the fishing period is declared closed by Tournament control no more fish may be boated. All boats most proceed directly to the designated weigh-in station. Alternate fishing times may be established by Tournament control when conditions so dictate.

B. A limit of fifteen (15) fish per boat may be boated but only the top 5 will be weighed. Team must pick top five (5), weigh-in committee will not weigh individual fish. All eligible (per Section IV C.) legal size fish must be kept. Small fish must be in your 15 caught but can be separate from 5 to be weighed for overall tournament. Please have that small fish chosen before coming to weigh-in.
C. Rod Limit - No Rod Limit
D. Fish must be reeled in and netted by the kids or ladies. Anyone can set the lines and drive.

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Note from She's So Fly:
I will be fishing on "No Limits" this Friday with friends.  Look for me and say "hi!

On 6/7/2012 we added this photo of tournament winners below:


Read article about the 2012 winners (pictured above) at

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