Have you ever thought, “It would be nice if some of the southern tournament committees would do a multi-port tournament?” Well, your wish has come true. The new Muskegon tournament committee has changed the format to a “Tri-Port Challenge.” Not only will you be able to leave from and return to Muskegon, but Whitehall and Grand Haven have been added, as well. This will make it easier for all of us to fish our favorite spots without having to spend our children’s college tuition on fuel!
To help with the continuing economic pressures, the entry fees have also been reduced with Ladies and Kids at $100 for Friday, AM being $175, PRO at $450, a Big Fish entry fee of $20, and NO LATE FEES. Additionally, the Big Fish contest will run Friday through Sunday to include the Ladies and Kids.
HOW WILL THIS TRI-PORT FORMAT WORK?
It is very simple. When you register at the Captain’s Meeting, you will be required to designate which port you plan on fishing out of (i.e. Muskegon, Whitehall or Grand Haven). You must also designate which marina or ramp you will be leaving from and returning to. You will not be allowed to change that designation after you have registered at the Captain’s meeting. The committee reserves the right to randomly assign observers and perform boat/ cooler checks on AM boats. The Pro teams will be required to provide an observer for both days.
Ladies and Kids will weigh 5 fish on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, the Am division will catch 10 weigh 5 and the Pro division will weigh their first 10 fish. Everyone can transport their coolers to Great Lakes Marina by vehicle or drop at the marina wall but you must be in line by 1:30 on Friday and 3:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday or you will be disqualified for the day. Also, if you are a Pro team with an observer or an Am boat that had an observer assigned to you, they must accompany the cooler until the fish are weighed in.
Tournament headquarters will, once again, be held at Great Lakes Marina in Muskegon. They have been a great partner for many years and have largely contributed to the tournament’s past success. Our goal is to make this tournament more exciting and less expensive, with bigger payouts.
The new Muskegon tournament committee is dedicated to making this one of the most successful tournaments on the Trail, continuing the tradition of tournament success and minimizing the financial impact to the teams. With the changes to format, entry fees and commitment from many new sponsors, this should turn out to be one of the biggest and most favored tournaments on the Tournament Trail!!