As much as I love getting into this fine local tourney….it drives me CRAZY that with all the fine walleye fishing available in the Monroe area, the boat club is the only place/organization that holds an annual walleye tourney in this area. The bait shops don’t, unless you count the big fish prize at Jeff’s every weekend, none of the local businesses get involved. Can you imagine the turnout if a certain furniture manufacturer held and event, it would be the single biggest walleye tourney in the Midwest.
Rant over, its been a pet peeve of mine know for over a decade. That said, the Detroit Beach Boat Club’s annual walleye tourney is a great, fun event. You have a generous amount of time to fish, and believe me, that extra hour or two can come in handy. Several years ago it was 2 pm and we didn’t have a single fish in the boat, then we trolled over one of my favorite spots and pulled 18 in the last hour. Your luck can change that quickly.
I did mention the event being fun, and of course catching fish is always fun, but its more than that. Back at the dock/boat slips, its all about comparing notes, who did what, and what were the hot lures…etc. I have always said you can learn so much during a tourney, even the fun local ones, they are better than most seminars. Its also a great time to catch up with old friends and getting the chance to make some new ones.
To summarize, pay the $25 entry fee….its cheap admission for a great time on the water, and back on land as well. Its all about fishing, having some fun, and hopefully at the end of the day, getting a some cash in a little white envelope, even if its just for catching the biggest sheepshead! Believe it or not, we have a separate strategy just for that category 🙂