Ludington Offshore Fishing Tournament

July 18-24, 2019

Photo by ToddAndBradReed.com

Lake Michigan fishing yields some great salmon, and now's your chance to grab some big money along with those fish! The Ludington Offshore Classic sponsored by Captain Chuck's takes place July 18-24, 2019. Over $87,000 in cash and prizes were awarded in 2017. This tournament is open to any boat 18' or longer equipped with a marine radio. Shotgun starts are at 6am and by 2pm, all boats must be inside the pier heads (except for Youth Tournament, where boats must be in by noon). Weigh-ins are at 3pm at Waterfront Park.

The 2018 winner in the pro division was the crew of My Tyme and they claimed the $10,000 top prize. The amateur division was won by Got Fish?, based out of Manistee. The big fish winner was the crew from In-U-Endo, which reeled in a king salmon weighing 27.2 pounds. Over 100 boats entered this year's tournament. The winner of the Big Boys competition was the team from Work-N-Bites/Diabolical for a 28.8 lb. king salmon. They took home $21,700 for first place plus $1,000 for the biggest fish. There were 31 entries for the $31,000 purse.

Payouts are based upon number of entries.

Anticipated winnings for the top three places are:

THURSDAY
Ruboy Thursday Shoot-Out
$3,000 1st Place
$1,500 2nd Place
$700 3rd Place 
$500 Big Fish Prize

FRIDAY
West Shore Bank Youth Classic (17 years and younger)
$3,000 1st Place
$2,000 2nd Place
$1,000 3rd Place

Ladies Pro/Am
$1,000 1st place each division
$500 1st place each division, Big Fish

SATURDAY & SUNDAY
Off-Shore Classic Pro/Am
$10,000 1st Place Pro (based on 30 boats). 100% payout guaranteed.

Fish Hawk Big Fish Tournament
$2,000 1st Place
$1,500 2nd Place
$1,000 3rd Place

TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY
Ludington Offshore Classic Big Boys

Some have called the Ludington tournament one of most organized and best run tournaments in four states, and it is the largest freshwater salmon tournament in the United States.

Ludington Offshore Fishing Classic Schedule of Events:

All tournaments begin at 6am and end at 2pm, except for the Youth Classic, which ends at noon.

Thursday
DREAMWEAVER LURES RUBOY SHOOT-OUT
Shotgun Start, 6am.
Boats must be inside Ludington Pierheads, 2pm.
Weigh-in, 3pm.
Betten Baker Ford and Dreamweaver Lure provide free beer and brats to all participants.
Awards immediately following weigh-in.
Captain's Meeting 5:30pm at Waterfront Park Tent Site.

Friday
WEST SHORE BANK YOUTH CLASSIC (entry fee $25)
Shotgun Start, 6am.
Boats must be inside the Ludington Pierheads, 12pm.
Weigh-in, 11am-1pm, tournament tent.

BUD LIGHT LADIES PRO/AM & BIG FISH (entry fee $100 per amateur/pro team
Shotgun Start, 6am.
Boats must be inside the Ludington Pierheads, 2pm.
Weigh-in, 12pm-3pm, tournament tent.
Awards immediately following weigh-in.
On-site registration, 3-7pm, tournament tent.
Ludington Offshore Classic Pro/Am Captains' meeting, 7pm, Waterfront Park.

Saturday & Sunday
LUDINGTON OFFSHORE CLASSIC PRO/AM
Shotgun Start, 6am.
Boats must be inside the Ludington Pierheads, 2pm.
Weigh-in, 10am-3pm, tournament tent.
Awards immediately following weigh-in, tournament tent.

The Fish Hawk Big Fish Tournament will be held during the Ludington Offshore Classic Pro/Am Tournament.

Monday
Registration opens, 5pm.
Big boys tournament Captains Meeting, 6:15pm, Waterfront Park.

Tuesday & Wednesday
BIG BOYS TOURNAMENT
Shotgun Start, 6am.
Boats must be inside the Ludington Pierheads, 2pm.
Weigh-in, 10am-3pm, tournament tent.
Awards immediately following weigh-in, tournament tent.

For more information, contact the Ludington and Scottville Chamber of Commerce at (231) 845-0324 or (800) 783-4456. Also see the official website at www.ludingtontournament.com for registration and more information.

Check out Ludington Lodging for places to stay during the Offshore Fishing Classic and Ludington Restaurants for great places to eat.