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Fourteen in hunt for $100K in HLATB ‘Catch Us’ contest


HAPPY ANGLERS Christopher Carmody, 16, Owos­so, is excited about the large­mouth bass he took while fishing on Houghton Lake in Roscom­mon County. He was fishing on the ice of Houghton Lake March 5 with a friend when a caught the fish, which had been tagged by the Houghton Lake Area Tourism Bureau. (He had to put it back be­cause bass was out of season, but he kept the tag and had it veri­fied at Lyman’s on the Lake.) He and Richard Grommon of Livonia (below), who caught a rock bass while fishing on Higgins Lake, are among 14 anglers who may have the chance to win $100,000 and a Lund boat April 23 at Spicer’s Boat City. (Courtesy photos) HAPPY ANGLERS Christopher Carmody, 16, Owos­so, is excited about the large­mouth bass he took while fishing on Houghton Lake in Roscom­mon County. He was fishing on the ice of Houghton Lake March 5 with a friend when a caught the fish, which had been tagged by the Houghton Lake Area Tourism Bureau. (He had to put it back be­cause bass was out of season, but he kept the tag and had it veri­fied at Lyman’s on the Lake.) He and Richard Grommon of Livonia (below), who caught a rock bass while fishing on Higgins Lake, are among 14 anglers who may have the chance to win $100,000 and a Lund boat April 23 at Spicer’s Boat City. (Courtesy photos) Fourteen finalists in the Houghton Lake Area Tourism Bureau’s 11th annual Catch Us If You Can fishing contest will gather Sunday to see if any one of them can win the contest’s grand prize.

On April 23 at Spicer’s Boat City, Houghton Lake, they will draw for the chance to win the grand prize of $100,000 and a Lund boat from Spicer’s.

“It was a record-breaking year,” HLATB Board President Dave Clouse said. “There were 14 successful anglers catching a variety of fish in all three lakes [Houghton Lake, Higgins Lake and Lake St. Helen].”

The anglers qualified for the drawing by catching fish specially tagged by the HLATB and one of them could win the grand prize. There is a guaranteed major prize of $1,000. The second-place prize is a Mark Martin Ice Fishing School val­ued at $500.

All of the anglers qualifying for the drawing by catching a tagged fish re­ceived a $50 gas card purchased from the Schmuckal Oil Shell station, Hough­ton Lake.

The 14 anglers will select a tackle box and look for the key that opens the tumbler with the prize envelopes. The contestant with the key will have the chance to draw two matching envelopes for the grand prize.

The public is invited to Spicer’s Sun­day at 1 p.m. to meet the anglers, eat some free hot dogs and share in the ex­citement of the drawing, set for 2 p.m.

Great Getaways TV and host Tom O’Boyle will broadcast the event live at www.visithoughtonlake.com/live/.

Carmody last entrant

Christopher Carmody, a 16-year-old Owosso High School student, is the most recent – and the last angler to qualify – in this year’s “Catch Us” contest.

Carmody was fishing on the ice of Houghton Lake March 5 with his neigh­bor, Mark, while staying at the family’s cabin. This was his first time ice fishing. When, after three runs, he reeled in an 18 1/2-inch largemouth bass, his neighbor excitedly pointed out the yellow tag. It was from the HLATB’s Catch Us If You Can fishing contest.

Since the bass was out of season, Carmody had a quick picture taken with it, removed the tag and then verified his catch at contest sponsor Lyman’s on the Lake. His bass was tagged in 2013.

“I have been fishing almost my whole life. I started out fishing on the river near my house in Owosso and plan on fish­ing as much as possible this summer,” Carmody said. “I really like ice fishing because I catch much bigger fish in the winter.”

Jammer lands bass

Kyle Jammer was the 13th lucky an­gler to catch a tagged fish in the 2016-17 HLATB contest.

He was ice fishing Feb. 22 on Hough­ton Lake when he landed a 17-inch bass, but returned it to the water after remov­ing the tag.

Jammer has been fishing Hough­ton Lake for 20 years. He enjoys all of Roscommon County’s lakes and, though he often is out with his fishing buddy, on Feb. 22 he was fishing by himself on 12 inches of ice when his tip-up indicated he caught a fish.

“The biggest fish I caught out of Houghton Lake was a 26-inch walleye,” he said.

He took the tag into sponsor Lyman’s on the Lake for verification.

Almost missed the boat

Richard Grommon of Livonia nearly missed out on the Catch Us If You Can fishing contest this year until he showed someone from Higgins Lake a picture of the fish he caught.

He had not realized the yellow tag in the fish meant it was a tagged fish in the HLATB fishing contest and the number on the tag corresponded with the tagged fish in Higgins Lake.

He contacted sponsor Lyman’s on the Lake regarding his catch and had it veri­fied.

Grommon said he has been fishing Higgins Lake since he was 16 years old and does not get the opportunity to come up as often as he would like.

Also vying for the prize

Eleven other anglers qualified to take part in the drawing: Marisa Jack­son of Bridgeport who was the first entrant, Brian Lackey of Prudenville, Kristi Sawatzki of Frankenmuth, Mike Haisma of Marne, Larry Green of St. Helen, Stanley Sutherland of How­ell and Houghton Lake, Bob Reidel of Houghton Lake Heights, Gene Dull of St. Helen, Marianna Morris of Mason, Rick Wetzig of Lake City and Jeff Reed of Rochester.

The Catch Us If You Can contest has more than 200 tagged fish in Michi­gan’s Other Great Lakes (Higgins Lake, Houghton Lake and Lake St. Helen). The contest is open to anyone required to have a valid Michigan fishing license, or their children.

The 2016-17 contest ran from June 1, 2016, to March 15 of this year. This is the 11th year for the contest. New fish are tagged each year.

Verification in this year’s contest was available at Lyman’s and H&H Fire­works at Houghton Lake, Korbinski’s Marine in Prudenville, West Higgins Lake Hardware at Higgins Lake and Trail’s End Motel in St. Helen.

The sponsors of this year’s contest are the HLATB, Spicer’s Boat City, Ly­man’s on the Lake, H&H Fireworks and Mark Martin Ice Fishing School.

For information on the contest, con­tact the HLATB at 422-2002, (800) 676- 5330 or info@visithoughtonlake.com.

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