Calling this a Championship makes it sound too much like a tournament. This was more of an opportunity to meet like-minded people who share the same passion. The atmosphere wasn't a competitive one, rather, it was extremely laid back and used as a time to learn some new things and drink a few beers with old, and new friends.
People showed up from all over the country to try their hand at catching an emerald green musky. The results were phenomenal, with 36 muskies being boated on Friday and Saturday. The biggest fish was 42", and many fish in the mid to upper 30's were caught, as well as a few other 40's.
My fishing partner and I were able to represent for the locals and boat two mid-30 fish, scoring us enough points to finish in a tie for 3rd. It is pretty cool to think that we got lucky enough to be competitive among a group of 50 accomplished anglers from all sorts of backgrounds.
I'd like to say the highlight of my weekend was spending some time chatting with Kelly Galloup, but honestly, it would be hard to pick a favorite moment. The whole weekend was a great time. From the F3T show on Thursday, to meeting some new friends, to boating a few unicorns the whole experience was truly great!
If you're a musky nut like me, you really should consider joining in next year. You skill level does not matter at all. Whether you're a seasoned pro, or a novice, this is an opportunity to learn a few new things and meet some other cool people that are as batshit crazy as you are!
Here are the two fish that were put in my boat this weekend, along with the obligatory chomper shot from my fish.
Luke with his nice 35".
And here is my 36".