The 16th Annual Lake Superior Salmon Classic fishing tournament was held at the Silver Bay Marina on Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17. This year’s turnout was around 268 fishermen.
The weather held strong, so the fishermen stayed out, with the first fish not coming in on Saturday until 10:11 a.m. by Dave and Andre Schaum, and Hunter Mitchell. They brought in eight coho salmon, putting three on the board at 3.86, 3.55, and 3.54 pounds. Fishing was solid this year, with a lot of lake trout, and coho salmon, and the king salmon board not even filling up until just before the tournament’s end on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The top finishers in each fishing category were: king salmon at 11.54 pounds, caught by Chuck Aspos, and weighing nearly 5 pounds more than last year; coho salmon at 5.04 pounds caught by Dan Heinzen, and was just under 1 pound heavier than last year; and lake trout at 24.59 pounds caught by Mark Buettner, a repeat winner from last year, and this fish was 4.5 pounds heavier than his catch the year before.
Each of these winners was awarded a prize put together by Marine General. This year’s first place prize was a Cannon Electric Downrigger. Other winners in the King Salmon Division were Dennis Feela, Chuck Meeks, Lee Martineau and Jill Dickinson. Coho Salmon were Greg Castellano, Dave Schaum, a repeat winner from last year in a different category, Jeff Berquist and Andre Schaum. Lake Trout winners were Kyler Kinn, Kris Verbeck, Calvin Luhrsen and Bryan Peterson. The laker division saw our bottom three fish separated only by one-hundredth of a pound each, with Verbeck’s fish weighing in at 19.26 pounds, Luhrsen’s at 19.27 pounds and Peterson’s at 19.28 pounds. Each of these winners were also awarded a fishing prize package put together by Marine General.
The Silver Bay Parent Teacher Student Organization, Silver Bay Marina and the city of Silver Bay were again the sponsors of this year’s event. Jaime Hipple the event coordinator, with Christine Althaus, worked side by side on donations. Leilani Peterson tackled volunteers, and Carol Youngberg worked local donations. Marina Manager, Jeremy Kasapidis, and the rest of the Marina staff, including Heinz Ledowski, a marina boater, did the legwork to prepare the Silver Bay Marina for the influx of boats and traffic that the event draws to the facility. Stan Greer volunteered his time returning as the tournament official. A total of 52 PTSO volunteers pitched in on shifts throughout the weekend selling tickets, checking boats and weighing in fish. The After Prom Committee for a safe after prom event held a food booth over the weekend raising funds for their program as well grilling up dogs and burgers.