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March 16, 2014

OUTDOOR COLUMN: Fishing tourneys abundant in Michiana this season

Snow drifts still exist and the lakes are buried in ice, but that hasn’t kept Michiana fishermen from thinking about the upcoming tournament season.

Tournament directors have announced their schedules and we’re seeing a few new ones crop up among the old standbys.

The newest, if not most unique, is the “Michiana Casting Couples” for male/female teams. Entry fee is $40 and tournaments will be from 7 a.m. to noon. The group is open to the public and will conduct only three events this year to measure interest. Those events are May 31 at Klinger, July 12 at Diamond and Sept. 6 at Magician. For details, call Rick Kedik, 269-240-4917.

Here are some of the other tournaments scheduled this summer:

Open events

R&B Opens (Mark Fennell, 260-463-1259): $60 entry, St. Joseph River at 6 Span (previously Wawasee), March 29; St. Joseph River at Maggies (previously Lake Manitou), April 5; St. Joseph River (Maggies), July 6.

Summit City Bass Masters Ice Breaker (Brian McNeal, 260-402-6594): $80 entry, Lake Wawasee April 12.

Circuits

River Wednesdays: Entry fee is $30 per event, held at various Indiana locations on the St. Joseph River each Wednesday night beginning April 16 through Aug. 27. For more information, visit www.riverwednesdays.com.

Clear H2O Tackle Opens: Entry fee is $60 per team or $35 solo. Events will be May 25, Paw Paw Lake; July 26, Pipestone; Aug. 9, Diamond. Call John Gipson Jr., 269-362-4670.

Clear H2O Tackle Smallie Opens: Entry fee, $50. Two events, both on the St. Joe River at Benton Harbor, Oct. 19 and Nov. 1. Call John Gipson Jr., 269-362-4670.

R&B Circuit: Entry fee is $70 with $25 membership fee. Events are April 26, Wawasee; May 17, Lake James; June 21, Randall Chain; July 19, Gull Lake; Aug. 16, Maxinkuckee; Sept. 13, Diamond. Contact, Mark Fennell, 260-463-1259.

SMAC: The Southwest Michigan Anglers host weekend and Wednesday night series. Entry fee is $50 per team, no membership. The schedule is May 3, Six Span; June 1, Paw Paw; June 11, Magician; June 22, Diamond; July 2, St. Joe River at Buchanan; July 13, Klinger; Aug. 3, Cory/Harwood; Aug. 13, Lake of the Woods (Bremen); Aug. 24, Magician. Call Scott Crocker, 269-362-3115.

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