Annual Fat Hogs fishing tourney this weekend

ROGERS CITY – Anglers fishing in this weekend’s Fat Hogs Fishing Frenzy tournament off Rogers City could have a shot to catch big salmon, according to the tournament chairman.

Starting Saturday at 5 a.m. and wrapping up Sunday at 2 p.m., the tournament gives anglers a chance to win cash each day, Chairman Chris Flewelling said. Whoever catches the biggest salmon, steelhead or lake trout each day wins, as well as the three biggest fish for each boat. With 50-50 drawings and a blind boat partner challenge, there are other chances to win, and the big salmon are starting to bite as well.

“It’s been slow lately, but I hear it’s starting to pick up this week,” he said. “I’ve been hearing some good stories about big fish being caught. Salmon is what I’ve been hearing, and even some walleye are being caught.”

There are no boundaries for the tournament, but boaters must start from and return to the Rogers City Marina, Flewelling said. Those in the tournament are getting a special deal on transient slips, where participants who buy one night get the second for free.

Transient slip fees vary depending on boat length, with those up to 25 feet paying $30, marina dockhand Chris Vogelheim said. For more details on the marina, call 734-3808.

Anglers can register until the captain’s meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Lakeside Park band shell, Flewelling said. It’s $150 per boat to participate. For an extra $25, boaters can enter into the blind boat challenge, where they’re randomly paired up with another boat in the tournament. The two boats with the highest combined weight for their three biggest fish win the challenge pot.

Weigh-in begins at 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Flewelling said.

Any money not awarded to anglers goes to a different charity each year, Flewelling said. For this, the sixth year, the money will go to Huron Humane Society in Alpena.

“We try to give back to the community,” he said.

For more information, call Flewelling at 733-0999, or Troy Nowicki at 306-0256.

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