Fat Hogs Ladies Classic this weekend

ROGERS CITY – Lady anglers looking for a day of big lake competitive fishing can enter the Fat Hogs Ladies Classic fishing tournament Saturday.

For the third year, this Rogers City group of anglers is holding a tournament just for women anglers, tournament co-Chairman Chris Flewelling said. Men are allowed to set up and drive, but women have to reel in and net any fish they catch.

The tournament is $100 to enter, and teams can sign up at the captain’s meeting at 7 p.m. Friday at the Rogers City Marina, Flewelling said. Entry forms also are available at various Rogers City and Alpena businesses. Fishing goes from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Teams are ranked by the weight of their three biggest fish, and there are prizes for the biggest salmon, lake trout and steelhead of the day, Flewelling said. For an extra $25, teams can enter the blind boat partner challenge. They’ll be randomly paired with another boat, and the two partner boats with the highest total weight in fish win the pot.

Denise Flewelling, Chris’s wife, has fished the tournament every year, she said. She loves to fish, and hopes to see more women get out and try it. She also enjoys the competition a tournament provides. The biggest she’s caught in Ladies Classics so far is a 25-pound salmon.

“It’s not just a man’s sport,” she said. “Winning doesn’t hurt, either.”

Denise and Chris have heard of good catches so far near Rogers City, they said. Anglers are pulling in mostly lake trout and salmon, and the Flewellings are hoping for good weather on Saturday.

Creel catch survey clerks for the Department of Natural Resources report good catches of chinook, coho and Atlantic salmon, lake trout and steelhead. Anglers are fishing using lead core line, copper, downriggers and diving planer boards all through the water column. They’re catching salmon close to the marina; just look for structure and bait fish.

For more information on the tournament, call Flewelling at 733-0999.

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