It’ll be here sooner than you think
If this summer is akin to most others, the time will be flying by over the next couple of months, and the tenth annual Big Bear Lake TroutfesT will be upon us in what is seemingly no time at all. And what better way to transition from summer to fall than with perhaps what is the most fun-filled, family-oriented fishing tournament of the year in Southern California?
THE GRAND RAFFLE PRIZE, to be raffled off to one lucky angler, will be a Klamath 16 EXW. Boat package, which includes trailer and 40 hp Mercury FourStroke, is valued at $19,500.
Western Outdoor News’ annual Big Bear TroutfesT turns 10 years old this year, marking a terrific run of a decade’s worth of fun and successful trout tournaments that have provided countless smiles and good times for anglers of all ages in the scenic San Bernadino Mountains. The beauty of the TroutfesT is that it simply isn’t your typical true fishing “tournament,” but rather, an opportunity for a few days of family fun, light-hearted competition and a chance to enjoy the many unique things Big Bear has to offer.
Now is the time to ensure you and your friends and family jump on board for this year’s Troutfest by signing up early and locking up your spot in the tourney – and making sure that you’re among the first 600 anglers to sign up in order to secure your free goodie bag stuffed with some great giveaways from many of the event’s sponsors. The maximum number of anglers for the tournament is 1,000, and the event has sold out in the past, so be sure to get in early.
Keeping in tradition with every previous TroutfesT, this year’s event is loaded with droves of great divisional prizes, raffle prizes and blind bogey awards that regular participants of the annual tournament have come to expect. From great divisional prizes, blind bogey prizes and tagged and big fish awards, on up to the always-coveted grand raffle prize of the Klamath boat/Mercury motor package valued at $19,500, there are quite a few ways to end the weekend as a winner at the 2014 Big Bear TroutfesT.
PANTHER MARTIN AND SEA EAGLE is raffling off a new 285 Frameless Pontoon Boat with MinnKota trolling motor!
As always with the event, Troutfest has proved to be a fantastic event for families and kids. Year after year, countless youngsters have an absolute blast catching trout and being a legitimate part of the friendly competition.
Last year, two elated young anglers emerged victorious in their respective Junior Male and Junior Female divisions. Isaiah Wersky, 6, was impressively able to crack the double-digit mark with his two-day total weight of 10.05 pounds to take first place for the males, while 8-year-old Taylor Donahue of Norco amassed a 7.12-pound bag of six fish over the two days to take top Junior Female honors.
On the adult side, it was Chris Henke taking the male division with a 15.3-pound total weight, while Maureen Treacy’s two full limits of trout added up to 14.5 pounds, conquering her fellow female competitors by a margin of nearly 5 pounds!
Tons of trout are on tap to be stocked in Big Bear Lake prior to the TroutfesT to ensure there will be plenty of heavy-hitting action, whether you choose to soak bait, troll or toss lures. And another great aspect of the event is that you don’t even need a boat to score both plenty of fish and swag at TroutfesT. Anglers fishing the event can fish from shore or nearly any other type of floating vessel – so long as it’s legally permissible according the official TroutfesT rules.
So scrap any tentative plans you may have for the first weekend of October, get the family or friends together, and get in on the loads of fun sure to be had at the 10th annual Big Bear TroutfesT.
Aside from the free goodies, great chances to win big and a good ol’ fashioned trout fishing weekend, the 2014 TroutfesT is sure provide great moments and memories that will last a lifetime.
For more information or to register for this year’s event, contact Tournament Director Bill Egan at (949) 366-0030, ext. 40, enter online CLICK HERE, or fill out and submit the entry form in the pages of this week’s edition of WON.
SPORT CHALET WILL be giving away up to $4,250 in gift cards at the TroutfesT! Every angler (up to 1,000) will get a $5 Sport Chalet gift card just for entering the event!