Wednesday, October 12, 2016

2016 Fish Camp Press Release

For Immediate Release

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WI Women Fish held it’s 10th Annual Fish Camp in Mercer, WI last weekend.  This year’s theme was chosen by a logo contest and Rikki Pardun’s, “Rosie the Riveter, holding a fish” won.  Three adjacent Iron County resorts, Donner's, Cedar Cove, and Cedar Lodge were filled. A new record attendance brought 70 women from five states including IA, IL, MI, WI and MN. The three day fishing clinic included various seminars, guest speakers, a fun tournament, and the annual WI Women Fish club awards. This annual event started 10 years ago with a group of 20 women camping and fishing from shore.

Over the last decade, the membership, along with the skills, have increased significantly. All of the anglers were able to get out on the water in boats, and hundreds of fish were caught. Fish were even caught on the lures sponsors provided in the goodie bags. The event was held on the Turtle Flambeau Flowage, and the fall colors put on quite a show. The morning fog created an interesting start to the Sunday morning tournament. Laughter and cheers could be heard coming from boats, indicating some were catching fish. The dense fog kept boats fairly close to the shore until the sun burned it off.

The Annual Club Awards were a special part of the weekend. Kori Snedigar won Angler of the Year; Christina Lemke, Rookie of the Year; Bonnie Timm, Most Improved Boater; Rikki Pardun, Service Award; Pat McGrath, Most Determined Angler; Paula Wilson, Most Improved Angler; Samantha Sukupcak the Mentor Award, and Holly Hanson, Meritorious Service Award for 10 years of contributions.

Sponsors of the event included Lund Boats, Jerry's Sport Service, Clam Outdoors, Plano, Cabela’s, Lake Fork Trophy Lures, Rod Sox, Off Shore Tackle, Turtle River Trading Co., Wampum Shop, Subway, Costa Sunglasses, IL Outdoors, RP Custom Lures, Northland Fishing Tackle, Dorn Hardware, Pure Fishing, St. Croix Rods, St. Croix Adventures, Skyline Lodge, Keweenaw Tackle Company, Vexilar, Ego Nets, Gateway Lodge, Ontario Women Anglers, Seafoam, Traditions Media, Great Wild Radio Show, Hobie, Hot Spots Maps,Cubby Mini-Mites, and Two Way Fillet.

2017 Fish Camp will be held at the same location on Oct. 6th - 8th.

Additional photos below.

Bonnie Timm with a huge Smallie

Rita lands a dandy

Tie for first place

PJ gets a Master Angler Crappie

Nice Crappie

Clam boat can fit a lot of anglers

Fish Cleaning class 

Dodie isn’t skunked
Rookie of the year, Christina Lemke