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Even more exciting prizes and contests on tap for this weekend’s WON Big Bear Lake TroutfesT
You may register at the Big Bear
Visitor's Center/Chamber of Commerce



BIG BEAR LAKE — The Western Outdoor News Big Bear Lake TroutfesT is finally upon us — this weekend to be precise, Oct. 1 and 2 — and for those who’ve already signed up for the event, expect not only good trouting, but also plentiful prizes and awards to be doled out. And if you’ve yet to sign up, you can do so this week by calling Tournament Coordinator Ashley Hartman at (949) 366-0030, ext. 38 by 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, or on site Friday from 12 to 9 p.m. at the Big Bear Lake Visitor Center. If the event hasn’t sold out by Saturday morning, you can also sign up from 4 to 6 a.m. at the same location.

 

One of the most recent sponsors to jump on board for this year’s ‘Fest is Quality Performance Marine, located in Corona.

 

Rob Clarke, owner (and master tech) of Quality Performance Marine, established his operation right near the crossroads of several major thoroughfares in Corona, just off the 91 freeway near the I-15.

 

At this weekend’s TroutfesT, Quality Performance Marine will be on-hand with a booth where participants can take a guess at how long a Mercury outboard will run after being disconnected from the gas tank. The person guessing closest to the actual second will win a sweet Mercury accessory prize package!

 

And in terms of current trouting conditions on Big Bear Lake, action was on the slow side for a bit due to dropping oxygen levels, but as of this past week or so, the fish seem to be bouncing back.

 

The best advice for TroutfesT participants would be to target the eastern side of the lake, as oxygen levels are better in that region. And insofar as techniques are concerned, trollers should stick with flatlining early and late, and use downriggers or leadcore in the afternoons. Drifting PowerBait or nightcrawlers should also be an effective approach.


Also, a Klamath boat be given away, but a Ford truck is also up for grabs.

 

The boat will be a 15-foot Klamath Advantage S outfitted with a Mercury outboard, and one lucky raffle ticket holder is guaranteed to go home with the rig.    

 

The Ford truck, however, will not be a raffle prize, but rather a tagged fish award.

 

At this year’s 2011 Western Outdoor News Big Bear Lake TroutfesT, Oct. 1 and 2, the Ford Dealers of Southern California are sponsoring the TroutfesT tagged fish program with a 2011 Ford F-150 Super Crew XLT 4X2 valued at $30,000.

ford truck


In addition to the tagged fish valued at 30 grand, there will be hundreds of additional tagged trout worth $25,000.

 

The tagged fish worth the Ford truck will pay out only if caught during official contest hours on Saturday, Oct. 1st.

 

Thanks in part to the efforts of the Ford Dealers of Southern California, and YUM Bait Company, these fish will be randomly and equi-distantly distributed throughout the waters of Big Bear Lake prior to the tournament.

 

Each contestant will receive official tagged fish rules in their check-in packet, which can be obtained during the Friday check-in Sept. 30th at the Big Bear Visitor's Center/Chamber of Commerce.


Good luck to all our TroutfesT anglers and we’ll see you on the water this weekend!


the sea eagle 285fpb

THE SEA EAGLE 285FPB provides a stable platform from which to fish. Not only does it deflate to an easily manageable size, but it also only costs around $750. At this year’s TroutfesT, Sea Eagle and Western Outdoor News will be raffling off a Sea Eagle 285fpb. Every Panther Martin  lure package you drop into the on-site bin is a chance for you to win this boat — enter as many times as you’d like!



Here’s the lowdown on what we’re giving away at this year’s ’FesT!

 

Troutfest Goodie Bags

 

600 – Panther Martin Lures

600 – Rooster Tail Lures

600 – Owner Mosquito Hooks

600 – Thomas Buoyant Lures

1,000 – Jars YUM TroutKrilla

1,000 – TroutfesT Hats

All entered in Snugtop’s year-end raffle

 

Troutfest Raffle Prizes:

Grand Raffle Prize – Klamath boat

1 Sea Eagle 285fpb inflatable boat

1 – E-Z UP 10x10

8 – pairs Costa Sunglasses

20 – Okuma Safina combos

68 – spools Seaguar Red Label

5 – Yo-Zuri Lure Kits

8 – Acme Lure Kits

8 – Rapala Lure Kits

2 – Plano 4472 Boxes

4 – Plano 4462 Boxes

2 – 3-hr. jet ski rentals – Big Bear Marina

2 – 4-hr. pontoon rentals

1 – 2-night mid-week stay at Big Bear Fireside Lodge

 

Tagged fish prizes

(20 tagged fish total)

1 – Ford F-150 truck, $30,000

100s – YUM Tagged Fish, $25,000

Total Value of Tagged fish $55,000

 

Big Fish – Saturday and Sunday biggest fish caught on Okuma (weight)

Global Fish Mounts certificate

Okuma Safina combos

Costa Sunglasses

Overall Big Fish – either day (Okuma or not)

Global Fish Mounts certificate

Lowrance HDS-5 fishfinder

FoodSaver vacuum system

SST Okuma combo

 

TroutfesT Prizes

 

Adult Male Division

 

1st Place

1st place trophy

Costa Sunglasses

Global Fish Mounts certificate

SST Okuma combo

Plano 4471

Plano 4430 Vest

Yo-Zuri Lure Kit

Acme Lure Kit

Rapala Lure Kit

2 Seaguar Red Label spools

 

2nd Place

2nd place trophy

Costa Sunglasses

Okuma Safina combo

Plano 4471

Yo-Zuri Lure Kit

Acme Lure Kit

Rapala Lure Kit

2 Seaguar Red Label spools

 

3rd Place

3rd place trophy

Costa Sunglasses

Okuma Safina combo

Plano 4472

Yo-Zuri Lure Kit

Acme Lure Kit

Rapala Lure Kit

2 Seaguar Red Label spools

 

4th Place

4th place trophy

Costa Sunglasses

Okuma Safina combo

Seaguar Red Label spool

Acme Lure Kits

 

5th Place

5th place trophy

Costa Sunglasses

Okuma Safina combo

Seaguar Red Label spool

 

Adult Female Division

 

1st Place

1st place trophy

Global Fish Mounts certificate

Costa Sunglasses

SST Okuma combo

Plano 4471

Plano 4430 Vest

FoodSaver vacuum system

Yo-Zuri Lure Kit

Acme Lure Kit

 Rapala Lure Kit

2 Seaguar Red Label spools

 

2nd Place

2nd place trophy

Costa Sunglasses

Okuma Safina combo

Plano 4471

Yo-Zuri Lure Kit

Acme Lure Kit

Rapala Lure Kit

2 Seaguar Red Label spools

 

3rd Place

3rd place trophy

Costa Sunglasses

Okuma Safina combo

Plano 4472

Yo-Zuri Lure Kit

Acme Lure Kit

Rapala Lure Kit

2 Seaguar Red Label spools

 

4th Place

4th place trophy

Costa Sunglasses

Okuma Safina combo

Seaguar Red Label Spool

Acme Lure Kits

 

5th Place

5th place trophy

Costa Sunglasses

Okuma Safina combo

Seaguar Red Label spool

 

Junior Male Division

 

1st Place

1st place trophy

Okuma Safina combo

Sport Chalet Kids Bike

Yo-Zuri Lure Kit

Plano Kids Tackle Box

Acme Lure Kit

Rapala Lure Kit

2 Seaguar Red Label spools

 

2nd Place

2nd place trophy

Okuma Safina combo

Plano Kids Tackle Box

Yo-Zuri Lure Kit

Acme Lure Kit

Rapala Lure Kit

2 Seaguar Red Label spools

 

3rd Place

3rd place trophy

Okuma Safina combo

Plano Kids Tackle Box

Acme Lure Kit

Rapala Lure Kit

2 Seaguar Red Label spools

 

4th Place

4th place trophy

Okuma Safina combo

Seaguar Red Label spool

Acme Lure Kits

 

5th Place

5th place trophy

Okuma Safina combo

Seaguar Red Label spool

 

Junior Female Division

 

1st Place

1st place trophy

Okuma Safina combo

Sports Chalet Kids Bike

Plano Kids Tackle Box

Yo-Zuri Lure Kit

Acme Lure Kit

Rapala Lure Kit

2 Seaguar Red Label spools

 

2nd Place

2nd place trophy

Okuma Safina combo

Plano Kids Tackle Box

Yo-Zuri Lure Kit

Acme Lure Kit

Rapala Lure Kit

2 Seaguar Red Label spools

 

3rd Place

3rd place trophy

Okuma Safina combo

Plano Kids Tackle Box

Acme Lure Kit

Rapala Lure Kit

2 Seaguar Red Label spools

 

4th Place

4th place trophy

Okuma Safina combo

Seaguar Red Label spool

Acme Lure Kits

 

5th Place

5th place trophy

Okuma Safina combo

Seaguar Red Label spool

 

For more information to the 7th annual Western Outdoor News Big Bear Lake TroutfesT, call Ashley Hartman at (949) 366-0030, ext. 38 or on-line by  3 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 29:


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