Fat Hogs tourney this weekend

ROGERS CITY – Fishing looks good ahead of this weekend’s Fat Hogs Fishing Frenzy tournament, and organizers are hoping the weather cooperates.

The annual tournament is Saturday and Sunday, and boat captains will meet Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Rogers City Marina, tournament co-Chair Chris Flewelling said. He and his friends have been catching good numbers of healthy fish in recent days, and activity could be picking up as salmon start to stage for their spawning runs.

“There were good numbers of fish caught this last weekend,” he said. “Hopefully that continues. I’m kind of worried about the weather, is the only thing.”

Windy and stormy days have recently kept anglers away from Lake Huron, Flewelling said. If bad weather interrupts the tournament, fishing will continue on Labor Day. And while the forecast might call for one thing today, it could change in an instant.

Water temperatures are a factor as well, and fish could be scattered, Flewelling said. Anglers are catching fish in shallow water one day and deep water the next, so be prepared to do a little searching.

The tournament always draws in a good number of anglers from Northeast Michigan and beyond, Flewelling said. One came from Ohio last year, and another group makes the trip from Flint every year. There were 50 boats in last year’s tournament, and Flewelling is hoping to meet or beat that number this year.

Fishing starts at 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday and ends at 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Flewelling said. Anglers can sign up until 7:30 p.m. Friday, and it’s $150 to enter. Boaters must leave from and return to the Rogers City Marina each day.

Participants who catch the largest salmon, lake trout or steelhead each day will get a cash prize, according to tournament rules. Tournament members will weigh fish each day and add up the three biggest fish for each boat. On Sunday, the boat with the highest six-fish total wins.

For an extra $25, captains can enter their boat in the blind boat partner challenge, Flewelling said. Participating boats will be paired at random, and the pair with the highest weight total for the weekend wins the pot.

“That always seems to be a pretty good draw. Everybody seems to get into that,” he said.

Tournament boaters can get one night free if they tie up for the night at the Rogers City Marina, Flewelling said. For rates, call 734-3808.

Call Flewelling at 733-0999 or Troy Nowicki at 306-0256 for more information on the tournament.

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