Friday, July 19, 2024

sponsored by Ludington Beverage Company, Proud Distributor for Anheuser-Busch products

Captains Meeting Thursday, July 18, 2024 – 6:00 p.m. at Waterfront Park

All captains must attend.

Entry Fee: $100 per Amateur / Pro Team

Projected Payouts: First place each division $1,000

Big Fish, each division $500 – Sponsored by Ludington Beverage Company

Amount for additional cash prizes (2nd, 3rd etc.) will be determined by number of registered boats and will be finalized after Captains’ Meeting. Cash prize structure is based on a minimum number of boats.


Ludington Offshore Classic General Rules are also enforced for this Tournament.

  • ELIGIBILITY: The Tournament Committee reserves the right to decline entry or participation by any person, team or boat, as deemed necessary, to ensure such things as integrity, image, reputation, financial performance and community relationships with sponsors, participants and supporting groups.
  • Tournament time – 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. Shotgun start at 6 a.m. at the Ludington Harbor.
  • All boats must be back inside the Ludington pier heads by 2 p.m. All late boats will be disqualified from the tournament. Boat numbers must be displayed to identify participants.
  • Any number of crew members can be on a team; just don’t overload the boats. A maximum of 9 rods can be used if you have at least 3 crew members. At least 2 crew members must be women. Observers are not required.
  • When the fish bites, the women must remove the rods from the holder, set the hook and NET the fish. The crew can help set lines and drive. If necessary the crew may remove diver rods from holder, release from riggers and boards.
  • All boats must be at least 18’ long and be equipped with a marine radio.
  • No radio restrictions for this tournament.
  • Five (5) best fish will be brought to the weigh station. Extra or undersized fish will be disqualified and penalties applied. Remember, no more than 3 of any one species can be weighed in. For example, the maximum of 5 could be 3 salmon and 2 steelhead or 3 lake trout, 1 salmon, and 1 steelhead. 
  • New for 2024 – Weigh-in will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 19. Tournament coolers with no more than one legal limit must be at weigh-in by 3:00 p.m. Please drain cooler before weigh-in; excess water or loose ice may result in 5 lb deduction from total weight. You may choose to walk your cooler to the weigh station which is located at the Waterfront Park Pavilion and follow the pathway to the scales, or you may drive through the parking lot at Waterfront Park and drop your cooler off with a crew member. The driver MUST remain in the vehicle and once the cooler has been unloaded, your vehicle MUST exit the parking lot. NO TRAILERS please.  Important: You must be at weigh in station by 1 hour after fishing ends.

  • TOURNAMENT SCORES – 1 point per pound and 10 points per fish, using our certified tournament scales.
  • Tie Breakers – When points and pounds are used, total weight will break ties. If still tied, biggest fish will be used if that weight is available for all boats involved. If not, prize will be split. BIG FISH ONLY prizes will be split. Place prizes will be added together and then split. (for example, 2nd & 3rd places totaled, then split)
  • A cash prize will be awarded for the largest fish in each division. A trophy will be awarded to the first place boat in each division and a plaque awarded for the biggest fish in each division.
  • If the tournament cannot begin by 11:00 a.m., it will be cancelled. A four-hour minimum fishing time is required to complete this tournament.
  • We will use an opt-in texting app to send official notifications from tournament control.  

This is a fun tournament. All the rules will be discussed & finalized at the captains’ meeting.

Questions? Please call the Chamber Alliance of Mason County at 231-845-0324.