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2018 ANGLER of the YEAR (AOTY)

ANGLER of the YEAR events are designed to get DAS members who don't have boats or who are river, pier, or any kind of fisherman a chance to get involved in different kinds of fishing. Over the last few years, it has developed into some great opportunities for many of us to enjoy some great fishing while learning to fish from some of the best DAS fisherman.

This year we have 12 events scheduled throughout the year; with a wide variety of techniques to challenge all members involved. These are to be fun events designed to get DAS members involved while learning and creating a little competition doing what we love most, fishing in Michigan. We have implemented a few new rules to make it clear on how the events should run smoothly in 2018. WE hope to see all of you at some of these events. If you have any questions or ideas to help AOTY, please call Blaise Pewinski (248) 890-4517, Bob Paradise (586) 457-4073 or Adam West (616) 570-6441 or (616) 677-5139 or call the event contact of the particular event that you are interested in.


ANGLER of the YEAR SCHEDULE FOR 2018

Sat., January 27 --- Mitchell's Bay Canada

  • Best 5 Perch by length
  • Contact: Bob Paradise (586) 457-4073

  • Sat., February 10 --- Saginaw River Walleye outing to be held by Independence Bridge by the US Navy destroyer

  • Best 5 Walleye by weight
  • Contact: Blaise Pewinski (248) 890-4517

  • Sat., March 24 --- Manistee River Steelhead Challenge with Metro-West Steelheaders

  • Best 3 Steelhead by weight
  • Contact: Adam West (616) 570-6441 or (616) 677-5139

  • Sat., April 28 --- Lake Shore Motel Brown Trout Challenge

  • Best 3 Brown Trout by weight
  • Contact: Bob Paradise (586) 457-4073

  • Sat., May 12 --- St. Clair River Algonac Walleye Jigging Outing

  • Best 5 Walleye by weight
  • Contact: Tom Gorguze (248) 343-8397

  • Sat., June 16 or 23 --- St. Clair River Walleye Whipping Outing

  • Best 5 Walleye by weight
  • Contact: Carl Ventimiglia (586) 615-7459

  • Sat., July 7 --- Linwood Beach Marina Saginaw Bay Walleye Outing

  • Best 5 Walleye by weight
  • Contact: Don Jasman (586) 292-3120

  • Sat., September 15 --- Lake Erie Sterling State Park Perch Outing

  • Best 5 Perch by length
  • Contact: Gaspare Aragona (248) 330-1774

  • Sat., October 6 --- T.B.D. Platte, Betsy or Pere Marquette River Outing

  • Best 3 Trout or Salmon by weight
  • Contact: Bob Paradise (586) 457-4073

  • Sat., November 3 --- Lake Shore Motel Annual Steelhead Tournament - Manistee Area

  • Fish-Off with Metro-West Steelheaders
  • Best 3 Steelhead by weight
  • Contact: Bob Paradise (586) 457-4073

  • Sat., December 8 --- Caseville Lake Trout Outing

  • Best 3 Lake Trout by weight
  • Contact: Blaise Pewinski (248) 890-4517


  • ANGLER of the YEAR Rules

    1. All participating members must be up to date on their dues (a grace period of 2 months late is acceptable)


    2. To be eligible for AOTY points for an event you must contact the event chair person and register your name and pay a $5 entry fee prior to the event start time or call in to say you are partipating and will pay the entry fee at the weigh in. Even if you do not catch anything you must still pay the entry.


    3. Each event will have a start and stop time posted by the event chair person, along with meeting and weigh-in location posted before each event. Contact the event chair person or look at the DAS message board or monthly Fishin' Tales newsletter.


    4. In events where boats are involved, all participants on the boat must be entered in the event. Each person on board must keep their catch seperate from the others on board, or identify with a zip tie , rubber band etc. This way it will eliminate any chance of disqualification by the committee or chairperson


    For pooling a catch together for a weigh in. Remember these events are designed to be fun!


    5. All events will have a big fish pool, with a $5 fee paid in advance of the event or by calling chairperson and telling them you are in the fish pool. This must be done before event start time and paid before you weigh your fish. Big fish pool is not mandatory to compete in event. Big fish will be determined by length or weight of target species per event. Only the largest fish will receive the money. In case of a tie, longest of those tied or heaviest of those tied will receive pay out.


    6. All events have a posted target species along with the maximum quantity of fish to be weighed or measured by length to determine the top catches of an event.


    7. POINTS will be given to the top 5 catches for AOTY. 5 pts. for 1st, 4pts. For 2nd, 3 pts. for 3rd, 2 pts. for 4th 1 pt. for 5th. And 1/2 point given to everybody that weighs a catch or participates in the event after 5th place.



    If you have any comment or rules that may help these events please call

    Blaise Pewinski (248) 890-4517 or

    Bob Paradise (586) 457-4073 or

    Adam West (616) 570-6441 or (616) 677-5139



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