September 22, 2014

Fire department’s walleye tournament comes with $1,000 prize

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Au GRES — The winning team in the Au Gres-Sims-Whitney Fire Department’s annual walleye tournament June 14 will take home $1,000, and the top 10 teams will be paid out.

Fire department Chief Kurt Humerickhouse said Marine Transport in Au Gres donated $1,000 for the top prize. He said the next nine teams will be paid out based on participation.

“The rest of the places are based on at least 50 boats entered,” he said. “If we don’t have at least 50 boats, then we have to adjust those prizes.”

Humerickhouse said participation typically clears 50 boats, though participation is down compared to what it once was.

“In the last few years it’s been 60 to 80 boats,” he said. “At one time we had 190 boats in it, years ago when the gas prices were down.”

“We get people from all over the place,” Humerickhouse continued. “We’ve had people as far away as Indiana. We had people from Canada one year.”

Teams in the tournament must include at least two people, but there is no set limit for team size.

“You can have as many people as you can legally have in your boat,” Humerickhouse said. “If your boat is capable of taking 10 people, you can take 10 people with you.”

The winning team will be decided by the heaviest five-fish stringer. Anglers will meet at the mouth of the Au Gres River at the south end of Main Street and shove off into the water at 7 a.m. Teams will have to return back to shore by 3 p.m., and then fish will be weighed, Humerickhouse said.

If there is a tie, the team with the fish measuring the longest will win, Humerickhouse said. There will be an additional $200 prize for the largest individual walleye, he said.

On shore more activities will be held. Humerickhouse said there will be concessions and 50-50 raffles while the fish are weighed and tallied up. Some of the monies collected on shore will go toward helping with equipment purchases for the fire department, he said.

“We try to make a few dollars,” he said. “In the past we’ve bought equipment for our jaws of life, little items that the firemen can use for different things.”

Registration is $25 per person, with a two-person minimum per team. Teams who want to pre-register can do so at the River’s Edge in Au Gres Friday, June 13 from 6-8 p.m. For more information, contact Humerickhouse at 989-876-8579.

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