Ladies, kids event kicks off Offshore Challenge

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:42 PM

The Grand Haven Offshore Challenge fishing tournament begins this morning with the Ladies and Kids Tournament.

The event continues Saturday and Sunday with the professional and amateur events.

The annual event typically draws around 100 boats in the pro/am event.

Last year’s event was won by Fly Catcher, an amateur boat that blew away both the amateur and the professional field with 401.8 points.

Holland’s JJ won the professional division with 297.1 points.

Participating boats will depart the Grand Haven pier heads at 6:30 a.m., and fishing begins shortly after that.

All boats must be back inside the pier heads by 2 p.m.

Weigh-in takes place at Waterfront Stadium.

A total of 15 fish can be weighed in each day.

All of the fish caught on Saturday are donated to West Michigan Teen Challenge.

Fishing has been very good out of Grand Haven the past few weeks, with several fish over 20 pounds being caught.

That should make for an exciting battle for the George Hays Memorial Big Fish Award, given to the team that catches the largest fish over the two-day pro/am tournament.

The award is named for Capt. George Hays, who was instrumental in helping get the Grand Haven Offshore Challenge started back in 1996.

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