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Anglers cash in on fishing contest

HOUGHTON LAKE- The Catch me if you can fishing contest held it’s prize drawing Sun. Apr. 30 at Spicer’s Boat City in Houghton Lake. Six out of the eight contestants that caught the tagged fish attended the event. Friends, family, and neighbors waited in anticipation for the big giveaway of $100,000 and a new fishing boat.

The contest entries were Greg Teachout of Houghton Lake, Jody Falk of Roscommon, Nick Bryant of Flat Rock, Michael Clark of Romulus, Kim Laverty of Kalkaska, Trevor Foster of Roscommon, Jack Metzger of Otisville, and Mark Lambie of Eagle. Each angler was able to select a fish and tackle bag at the prize table in the order the fish were caught. Michael Clark Nick Bryant were unable to attend but they were not disqualified, they were able to have someone select a bag for them.

The bags were filled with tackle and miscellaneous items for the fisherman to enjoy. A lucky few would find an envelope or a key hidden in the bag.

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Kim Laverty of Kalkaska explaining how he caught his tagged fish during Tip Up Town weekend in Houghton Lake.

Trent Foster of Roscommon came in third place, winning a prize package from Pioneer Hills Marine valued at $250.

Jody Falk of Roscommon came in second place, winning a Mark Martin Ice Fishing School prize valued at $495.

The lucky grand prize winner was Nick Bryant of Flat Rock. He was unable to attend in person but his fill in picked the lucky bag with that special key! The key unlocked a bin which contained 20 envelopes of prize money amounts.

Unfortunately, the big $100,000 was not selected. However, Nick will walk away with $1000!

Youth angler, Owen Gilbert of Prudenville, was presented with $250 and a new kayak, sponsored by Art-Y-Facts of Roscommon on Sat. Apr. 29. Owen caught a 5 pound, 19 ½” tagged bass out of Houghton Lake.

Hundreds of fish are tagged each year in Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake, and Lake Saint Helen. The contest runs year-round, starting Mar. 16 each year and ending March 15 the next year. Once a tagged fish is caught, take it in for verification to Lyman’s on the Lake in Houghton Lake, Korbinski’s Marine in Prudenville; The Sports Barn in Higgins Lake, or in St. Helen to either The Minnow Bucket at Exit 222 or Trails Inn. All anglers catching a tagged fish receive a $50 gas card and are entered into the drawing.

The prize drawings are held each spring.

The contest is open to adults holding a current Michigan Fishing License, and to anglers under 17. There is no entry fee. All State of Michigan Fishing and Boating rules apply.

The contest is in full swing once again. Good luck to all the fisherman and women catching those tagged fish! Crossing our fingers that next year the grand prize will be BIG!

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