Marquette Bay Classic set for next Saturday

MARQUETTE – There’s still plenty of time for anglers to register for the Marquette Bay Classic fishing tournament, which is set for next Saturday.

The final registration will be at 6 p.m. Friday at Marquette Mountain, where the captain’s meeting will get under way at 7 p.m.

At least one member from each team participating in the classic must attend the captain’s meeting, when tournament officials will go over the rules, hors-devours and beverages will be available and prize raffles will be held.

Sponsored by the South Shore Fishing Association, the classic offers four main categories – catch-and-release trout, catch-and-keep trout, catch-and-release salmon and catch-and-keep salmon.

The main change in the tourney for this year is elimination of the “wild card” category, which involved teams entering their biggest trout and salmon for a single $2,500 cash prize.

Instead, this year there will be a $1,000 cash prize for the biggest salmon caught and $1,000 for the biggest trout weighed in.

In addition, each category will pay the top five places this year, rather than the top three places as in previous years.

Most other aspects of the classic remain the same, including the entry fee of $125 per boat with up to four anglers per boat, fishing hours will be from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., rank will be determined by by total weight of a team’s six largest fish in each category, weigh-in will be at the Fish Dock and all boats must be inspected by a tourney official prior to starting to fish.

For more information on the classic call Dan Bianchi at 360-7536 or Sam hastings at 869-5024, or log onto the website at upangler.com/forums and click on the South Shore Fishing Association link.