We've fortunate to have WKYC TV3, Sharpnack II, South Shore Marine, and Starcraft back as our main sponsors, and will be adding more sponsors in the months to come. Please support those who make events like this possible!
Raffle information will be coming soon! Visit VermilionHawgFest.com often for updates.
34.30 Lbs. Gives Team Dorack, Miller, Miller and Veres Hawgfest Win!
Ohio Game Fishing(OGF) held the 5th annual 2008 Vermilion Hawgfest on Saturday September 20th.
The event was once again hosted by the great city of Vermilion and dawned bright and clear as 105 boats passed through boat inspection.
West Marine provided donuts to the contestants to get their morning off to a good start and
Lake Erie's cooperation greeted the teams with great lake conditions.
Nearly 350 anglers participated in this event from Ohio and surrounding states.
The team of Jerome Dorlack, Todd Miller, Corey Miller and Dave Veres brought a limit of fish to the scales with a total weight of 34.30 lbs to secure first place and a $2500 payout.
The team of Dan Haude, Robert Madden and Neil Benson brought a limit of fish to the scales weighing 33.75 lbs to claim second place and a payout of $1200.
The team of Kevin Moses, Jeff Hewit and Morgan Kiser brought a limit of fish to the scales weighing 29.80 lbs to claim third place and $900.
First place "big fish" honors went to the team of Scott Pochatek, Russ Forkapa and Steve Rachkofski.
Their big fish weighed in at 9.80 lbs and provided them with a payout of $1265.
Second Place "big fish" went to the team of Al Johnson, Michael Shaw, and Carlton GIllum.
Their big fish entry weighed in at 9.6 lbs and brought the team a payout of $775.
The Hawgfest tournament anglers really stepped up to the plate again with fish donations totaling over 500 lbs.
The Vermilion YMCA and Second Harvest Food Bank were on site to accept the donated fish and a representative for the YMCA commented the fish will be used in a fundraiser fish-fry to save their day care program.
Thanks anglers for giving back to the community!
After their day on the water and with weigh in complete, the tournament participants and their families headed over to the Vermilion On The Lake Club to enjoy a great catered dinner, the awards ceremony and some fantastic raffles. Our emcee for the evening was Reno Reda from Inside the Great Outdoors radio, and the delicious meal was provided by Sterks Catering. Thanks to Rich's Hook Line and Sinker all participants and guest got to taste some of the best roasted pig we've had to date.
Sterks Catering provided the event with yet another outstanding performance by feeding the nearly 500 people in attendance in record time.
An event of this magnitude would not be possible without the backing and support of our generous sponsors.
We would like to thank our main sponsors:
WKYC TV-3,Evinrude,Starcraft Marine ,South Shore Marine and Sharpnack Direct.
Thanks also to Ray Sterk Catering, Rich's Hook Line and Sinker, Inside the Great Outdoors Radio, Cranberry Creek Marina, Western Basin Sportfishing Association, Skips Taxidermy and the Brew Kettle for their support.
The raffle items were provided by Land Big Fish, Blue Dolphin Charters, Reel Bad Habit Charters, Ann Marie Charters, Big Johnson Charters, Off the Hook Charters, Fish Crazy Charters, Steel-n-Eyes Charters, Hardwork Charters, Navionics, Erie Outfitters, Den's Sportsman's Outpost, West Marine, Ole Pete's Tackle, X Tackle,Amish Outfitters, Cisco Fishing Systems Ltd., KGonefishing, Rodmakers Shop, Medina Plating, Plantation Motel and Michigan Stinger.
Special thanks to the City of Vermilion, Pat Stein, Don Parsons of the Mystic Belle and the many volunteers whose contributions made this event a great success.
We look forward to seeing you next year!
Results can be viewed here
South Shore Marine ads to their 2008 Hawg Fest sponsorship with Contender Winner's Circle certificates! The certificates will be awarded to the top 3 placing teams in the following denominations:
1st Place: $7,500 Certificate
2nd Place: $5,000 Certificate
3rd Place: $2,500 Certificate
These certificates are redeemable on the purchase of a new in-stock boat, or order of a new boat. Redeemable within 90 days of the Hawg Fest and must be redeemed through South Shore Marine. THESE CERTIFICATES ARE TRANSFERABLE - THIS MEANS THE WINNER CAN SELL THE CERTIFICATE IF YOU ARE NOT IN THE MARKET FOR A CONTENDER
These certificates are available to EVERYONE fishing the HawgFest - regardless of the brand of boat you fish in the tournament.
CONTENDER has made their reputation by dominating the Off-Shore Saltwater Tournament scene with numerous championships won in the Southern Kingfish Association (SKA), American Striper Association (ASA), and various BILLFISH Tournaments.
CONTENDER Boats and South Shore Marine are pleased to extend CONTENDER's tournament sponsorship to the GREAT LAKES market.
WBSA adds members contingency money to the tournament pot! In addition to their sponsorship, they are offering $100 to the highest finishing team that has at least 1 WBSA member on it or $200 to the highest finishing team that has 2 or more WBSA members. OGF thanks the WBSA for their support, and you can visit them at www.wbsa.us
5 open spots! We've had 5 teams withdrawl before the deadline, and will be opening those spots tomorrow (8/10) between 6pm-8pm for registration. They will be filled on a first come first serve basis, and details will be posted during that time period at the following link:
We're also pleased to announce that the 2008 Vermilion Hawg Fest weigh-in will be streamed LIVE on the internet, courtesy of WKYC-TV 3. Details will follow soon!
We'll see you all in less than 2 weeks!
Like pro basketball? Come see the NBA's championship Cleveland Cavaliers play the 2008 regular season home game of your choice* with V.I.P. treatment!
Medina Plating has donated 4 tickets again this year, and we will draw 2 different winners, each recieving a pair (2) tickets to the regular season home game of their choice*, with admission to the VIP Club. Winners will be drawn at the Vermilion Hawg Fest on Saturday, September 20th 2008. You do not need to be present to win!
Click here to view the VIP raffle details, and to purcahse your tickets!
Thanks to Medina Plating for their generosity and support!
Please welcome Land Big Fish to the Vermilion Hawg Fest! Land Big Fish has generously donated a $400 gift card to the event, which we will be giving away to a participating Hawg Fest tournament team, to be drawn at random at the pig roast. This can be used either online at www.landbigfish.com, or in their Portage Lakes area store.
Thanks to Jeff and the folks at Land Big Fish!I
2008 Field FULL! Wow...We figured it will fill quick, but never imagined it would take less than a month! A lot of talented anglers on the roster again this year.
Only 6 spots left and the 2008 roster is FULL! If you haven't registered yet, NOW IS THE TIME! We're almost out of space, and expect it to fill in a matter of days.
We've updated the Captain's Meeting page for 2008 which can be accessed here!
We would also like to thank Rodmakers Shop in Strongsville for supporting the 2008 Vermilion Hawg Fest with their generous donation to our raffles.
New charter trip raffle this year, with 8 winners! This year we've added new trips and MORE trips, which you can win for less than the cost of a gallon of gas! That's right, YOU could win a complete trip for you and your friends for $5!
Click here to view the trips and to purchase your tickets.
Many thanks to Blue Dolphin Charters, Reel Bad Habit Charters,
Ann Marie Charters,
Big Johnson Charters,
Off The Hook Charters,
Fish Crazy Charters
Steel-n-Eyes Charters and Hardwork Charters for their support of the 2008 Vermilion Hawg Fest!
Start the Hawg Fest party early! Chris McKim and the folks at The Brew Kettle will be hosting this years Pre-Hawg Fest meet and greet, which is a great opportunity to meet other Hawg Fest participants while enjoying some great food and drink. We're ironing out the details now, and will announce the date/time once we have it nailed down!
2008 Vermilion Hawg Fest emcee will be Reno "Jay" Reda from Inside the Great Outdoors radio! The larger than life (larger than most things period) Career Outdoors and Law Enforcement Professional. Reno’s job is the promotion of outdoor oriented activities for the citizens of Ohio. He is by all measures one of the hardest working guys in the outdoors business. During any given week you might find Reno teaching and mentoring youngsters during the day and acting as Master of Ceremonies for any one of Ohio’s dozens of outdoors advocacy groups.
OGF welcomes Reno to the Hawg Fest stage, and remind everyone to tune into LIVE - Sundays 8am - 10am EST on WHK AM 1420.
Flight #1 is FULL! In less than a week of pre-registration opening, we've already filled the first flight, and with 44 registered teams thus far we're approaching the halfway point fast!
As a nice bonus the Hawg Fest big fish pot winner, Skip's Taxidermy has generously donated professional mount for the tournament big fish winning team! Visit Skip's Taxidermy online at www.skipstaxidermy.com and check out his other trophy mounts.
And don't forget, you can register your team by clicking here!
Welcome South Shore Marine as a 2008 Vermilion Hawg Fest Sponsor! We're pleased to have South Shore Marine on board this year as an event sponsor, as they are a highly regarded boat and marine service dealership on Lake Erie. Please visit them at www.southshoremarine.com to browse their online show room!
Since pre-registration went live 3 days ago, we're already at 29 teams registered.
Register your team by clicking here!
The 2008 Vermilion Hawg Fest tournament pre-regsitration is LIVE! We're capped at the first 105 teams registered (3 flights) so reserve your boat number before it fills. Please read the 2008 rules and regulations carefully. If you have any questions, feel free to post them here.
Click here to register for the 2008 Vermilion Hawg Fest
We've fortunate to have Evinrude, WKYC TV3, Sharpnack II, and Starcraft back as our main sponsors, and will be adding more sponsors in the months to come. Please support those who make events like this possible!
Raffle information will be coming soon! Visit VermilionHawgFest.com often for updates.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in September!
Indiana team pulls off win in 2007 Vermilion Hawgfest
Ohio Game Fishing (OGF) and the Western Basin Sportfishing Association (WBSA) held the 2007 Vermilion Hawgfest Saturday September 22nd brought to you by Starcraft Marine, Evinrude E TEC, WKYC TV-3 and Sharpnack II Chevrolet. This was the fourth annual event and the first year in the great city of Vermilion.
The team of Dan Hoffman, Scott Hoffman and Bob May from Indiana brought in 5 fish weighing 32.32 lbs. to capture the win. Brian Lam, Ray Urban and Dominic Ritz brought in a basket weighing 30.22 lbs. for 5 fish to finish second and in third was the team of Mark Sheeler, David Skodney, Kevin Kirshner and Dennis Kitchen with 5 fish weighing 28.10 lbs.
In the Big Fish competition Hoofman, Hoffman and May made it a clean sweep as they took top honors there also with a hawg weighing 11.2 lbs that was worth $1100. Mike Zaborski, Charlie Robinson and Ed Zaborski finished second in the big fish competition with a walleye weighing 9.55 lbs worth $600.
The top finishing teams reported fishing the sand bar area due north of Vermilion. Spoons, crankbaits and harnesses all produced fish and it seemed more important to find a little pod of fish that wanted to bite then what type of lure you were fishing. The generous anglers that participated in the Hawgfest made voluntary fish donations of 850 lbs. to the Second Harvest Food Bank and those fish will go to feed many needy and elderly people in the local communities.
After the great day on the water the teams and spectators that came out enjoyed a great dinner and awards banquet at the Vermilion on the Lake Club. The food was catered by Ray Sterk Catering and the roasting hog was donated by Rich’s Hook, Line and Sinker of Vermilion. The over 450 people in attendance enjoyed a great evening of food, raffles and awards as thousands of dollars worth of prizes were given away along with 6 Lake Erie fishing trips and 2 sets of Cavs tickets courtesy of Medina Plating.
More information can be found by visiting www.vermilionhawgfest.com The 2007 Huron Hawgfest was hosted by the City of Vermilion and sponsored by WKYC TV-3, Evinrude E TEC, Sharpnack II Chevrolet, Starcraft Marine, West Marine, Ray Sterk Catering, Rich’s Hook Line and Sinker, Cranberry Creek Marina, Navionics, Medina Plating, Reef Stalker Sport Fishing Charters, Legacy Charters, Blue Dophin Charters, Eyestalker Charters, Freebird Charters, Kevin Michnicki, Trent Lee, OGF member Walleyeguy, Ole Petes Tackle, Dave's Bait & Tackle, Den’s Sportsmans Outpost, Cisco Fishing Systems, Amish Outfitters, XTackle, Erie Outfitters and Inside the Great Outdoors.
OGF and WBSA would like to thank the following for their help and support of the 2007 Vermilion Hawg Fest:
Pat Stein, Mayor Anderson, and the City of Vermilion for being such supportive and gracious hosts. Entering the city on route 6, "Welcome Hawgfest" billboards and signs in shop windows could be seen all down the strip. We really felt the welcome!! Thanks to the folks at the Red Clay on the River for providing us the check-in/weigh-in site as well.
Thanks to all of our sponsors and donators including WKYC TV-3, Evinrude E TEC, Sharpnack II Chevrolet, Starcraft Marine, City of Vermilion, West Marine, Ray Sterk Catering, Rich's Hook Line and Sinker, Cranberry Creek Marina, Navionics, Medina Plating, Reef Stalker Sport Fishing Charters, Legacy Charters, Blue Dophin Charters, Eyestalker Charters, Freebird Charters, Kevin Michnicki, Trent Lee, Ole Petes Tackle, Daves Bait, Den's Sportsmans Outpost, Cisco Fishing Systems, Amish Outfitters, XTackle, Erie Outfitters and Inside the Great Outdoors.
Our oustanding team of volunteers...Steelheadbob, Capt & Mrs Muskey, Mike (Lewis' Son), Karel and Lynda, Moron, Kmb411, Sowbelly, Dan Geis, Toolman, BKR, Mikie @ Cranberry Creek, Bud, the Vermilion volunteers and of course the OGF/WBSA staffs. Hats off to everyone who volunteered their time to help make this event go as smoothly as it did.
Last but not least, everyone who participated in the 2007 Vermilion Hawg Fest!! It was a large and extremely talented field of anglers, and you all should be proud of your accomplishments
See you in 2008!