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2023 - CLASSIC INFO PAGE - 2023
WELCOME TO THE 2023 CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP AT:
LAKES ST. CLAIR/ERIE/DETROIT RIVER
FRIDAY 10/13 & SATURDAY 10/14 - WIND DATE SUNDAY 10/15
HOURS: DAY 1 7:30-5:30 DAY 2 7:30-5:00
The second day is always the shorter day.
HOME RAMP: ELIZABETH PARK, TRENTON, MICHIGAN
SECONDARY RAMP: ST JEANS, DETROIT
HOSTED BY: THE BEST WESTERN WOODHAVEN INN
21700 WEST ROAD
WOODHAVEN, MICHIGAN 48183
FOR RESERVATIONS: 734-676-8000
MANDATORY MEETING 10/12/23 AT BEST WESTERN WOODHAVEN RESTARAUNT 6PM
DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE BEST WESTERN
DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM COLUMBUS TO THE BEST WESTERN IN WOODHAVEN/TRENTON MICHIGAN
Two primary routes are available. Most direct is to take US Rt 23 north towards Findlay, Ohio merging onto I-75-N all the way to the West Rd. exit in Woodhaven/Trenton Michigan. At the light turn left to go to the Best Western clearly visible once you’ve tuned onto West Rd (turn right into the combined parking lots). (177 miles) 3 ½ hour drive.
Best Western is located on West Rd. Exit hotel lot and turn left onto West Rd. Follow West Rd. past (under) the I-75 interchange where you’ll start to merge to the right in preparation to turn right onto Allen Rd (south) merging toward the “fast lane” for a left turn onto Van Horn Rd taking it all the way where it dead ends into W. Jefferson Ave. Turn left onto W Jefferson and take it to Grosse Ile Pkwy where you’ll make a right turn. The entrance to the Park is on your left as you travel down Grosse Ile.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE ELIZABETH PK LAUNCH RAMP FROM BEST WESTERN
DIRECTIONS TO THE ELIZABETH PK LAUNCH RAMP
CLASSIC CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATION
1.) EACH TEAM MUST HAVE PAID FOR A MINIMUM OF SIX EVENTS AND FISHED AT LEAST 4 EVENTS. (ALLOW TWO BUY INN'S)
2.) ALTERNATES MAY NOT FISH IN THE CLASSIC, YOU MAY FISH ALONE OR PARTNER WITH ANOTHER QUALIFIED OMBTT MEMBER IN THE SAME SITUATION IF YOUR PARTNER CAN NOT ATTEND. ALL 4 MEMBERS MUST AGREE.
4.) ALL CLASSIC QUALIFIER TEAMS WILL PAY THE CLASSIC FEE ($200.00) INCLUDING STAFF BOATS AND LAST YEARS TOY.
5.) CANADA WILL BE OPEN TO FISH AS LONG AS IT CONTINUES TO BE OPEN WITH NO OTHER HEALTH RESTRICTIONS ADDED. YOU WILL NEED A LISCENCE AND CAN'T TOUCH LAND, ANCHOR OR POLE DOWN.
6.) Remember no power loading your boats in Michigan and watch out for the wing dam directly in front of Elizabeth ramp!
AS OF 08/13/21
Entering Canadian Waters for Leisure Cruising
You can now enter Canada for leisure and touring, including pleasure fishing, sightseeing and other discretionary purposes (known as loop movements).
However, you must continuously remain on your boat while in Canadian waters not land in Canada nor make contact with another boat not moor or anchor while in Canadian waters
If at any point, you land on Canadian soil, come in contact with another boat or drop anchor, you will be required to report to the CBSA and if you’re eligible to enter Canada, you will become subject to all entry requirements including pre-arrival testing and submitting your mandatory information into ArriveCAN. Travellers engaged in transit or loop movements are not required to report to the CBSA.
ONTARIO CANADA FISHING LICENSE
ONLINE LICENSE APPLICATION CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED VIA ONTARIO'S ONLINE PORTAL. TEAMS SHOULD BE ADVISED THAT THEY WILL BE REQUIRED TO FIRST OBTAIN/PURCHASE AN ONTARIO OUTDOORS CARD
(CLICK CREATE WITH NEW OUTDOORS CARD)
NOTE: ONCE YOU'VE CREATED YOUR OUTDOORS CARD ($8.57) YOU'LL THEN BE ABLE TO SELECT YOUR 8-DAY NR SPORT FISHING LICENSE ($53.38)
WITH FEES, ETC., YOUR TOTAL WILL BE $70.00
WALPOLE ISLAND FISHING LICENSE
FOR THOSE PLANNING ON FISHING WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE WALPOLE ISLAND FIRST NATION RESERVE YOUR ONLINE PROCESS WILL BE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT. YOU'LL BE GOING THRU:
CLASSIC PAYOUT W 21 BOATS 2023
11th $350.00 Cards & 2 Waft Rods
12th $300.00 Cards & 2 Waft Rods
13th $250.00 Cards & 2 Waft Rods
14th $200.00 Cards
15th $100.00 Cards
Toyota West vehicle owner
Classic Winner $500.00
or Best Classic Finisher $250.00
IF EVERTONE ENTERS SIDE POTS
Day 1 Big Bass $290.00
Day 1 2nd Big Bass $130.00
Day 2 Big Bass $290.00
Day 2 2nd Big Bass $130.00
Day 1 Platinum pot 1st $525.00
Day 2 Platinum pot 1st $525.00
OMBTT CLASSIC FISH CARE SUGGESTIONS:
(ESPECIALLY IF TRAILERING FROM ST JEAN TO ELIZABETH)
Depending on the length of run by truck or boat, water conditions (both clarity and wave) as well as water temps, you can do a lot to ensure the viability of your catch up to and including the weigh-in each day.
•Consider using the foam pool noodles cut up into appropriate widths that match the surface area of your livewell. They will cushion the fish from rough water runs etc. We also have a drain plug in our boat to insert into our livewell overflow opening so we can fill our livewells closer to the lid. Remember you will have to switch your livewell to recirculate when it is full or your boat will fill up water. •Use livewell treatments, kosher salt is fine for this purpose as it is what’s used by most DNR’s. Commercial additives are fine as well but salts cheap. NEVER use more than the recommended concentration, too much of a good thing isn’t. If using kosher salt (non-iodized salt) a maximum 5% by volume solution is best, of course you’ll need to know the capacity of your livewell which is easily determine by pre-filling with a 5-gallon bucket and noting same on the underside of your lid/s. If you have a oxygenator you can only use certain additives. G Juice is most commonly used. •Ideally, you’ll leave your livewell aerator run constantly when you’ve reached your boat limit or at least set the minimum off time with timed aerators. •On runs longer than 20 minutes, take time to stop and refresh your wells with new water before proceeding on. •Learn how to “fizz your catch”, instructions are on the website. Fish in distress are those that cannot maintain equilibrium and float on their side while in the livewell. Your other option is: Fin Clips. Designed as an alternative to fizzing, the Fin Clips gently attach to the anal and pelvic fins of fish to keep them upright, allowing their swim bladder to deflate naturally.
Remember, fish care is your responsibility and your success at same is easily apparent to the weigh-in crew in how they (the fish) present themselves for weight.
SPECIAL NOTICE - SECONDARY LAUNCH SITE
DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS WE WILL ALLOW FOR THE USE OF THE ST JEANS RAMP
IN DETROIT MICHIGAN
STARTS WILL COINCIDE WITH THOSE OF THE HOME RAMP: ELIZABETH PARK
WITH AN END TIME OF ONE-HOUR EARLIER THAN ELIZABETH PARK
DRIVING DIRECTIONS TO THE ST JEAN'S LAUNCH RAMP
DIRECTIONS TO THE ST. JEAN'S LAUNCH RAMP
From the hotel lot turn left onto West Rd. and get on I-75N - Continue north, passing the I-375 interchange and exiting onto East Vernor Hwy and continuing northeast turning right onto Lemay St and go one block south turning left onto Kercheval Av. Turn right onto Connor Creek Greenway/St. Jean to Freud St where you'd turn left. Take Freud to a right turn onto St. Jean. Launch fee at St. Jean's is $10 which is payable online by following directions posted.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS - ST JEAN'S RAMP USE
WE WILL UTILIZE A RAMP CAPTAIN AT ST JEANS FOR BOTH LAUNCH AND CHECK-IN. LAUNCH WILL BE AT THE SAME TIME AS THAT POSTED FOR ELIZABETH PARK AND CHECK IN WILL BE ONE HOUR SOONER THAN THAT LISTED FOR ELIZABETH PARK TO INSURE TIME TO TRAVEL TO WEIGHIN.
THERE WILL BE NO LATE CHECKINS FOR ST JEANS USERS
PARTICIPANTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO DOWNLOAD COPIES OF THE POINTE MOUILLEE AND DETROIT RIVER ZONES SO AS TO NOT RUN AFOUL OF THE SPECIAL BOATING REGULATIONS FOR THOSE AREAS.
OMBTT CLASSIC ALTERNATE LAUNCH RAMP (Regardless of weather conditions): (ST JEAN)
• Hours OF Operation: 5:00am - 8:00pm
There are two options when paying....Daily Rate and Seasonal Pass. Under "HOW LONG WILL YOU BE PARKED?" There is a drop down menu. Please make sure if you are only doing the daily rate that you select that option.
And yes, the QR Reader below works if you point your phone to it. Skip the line and pay before you get there. It's that simple. Show your receipt at the gate.
• For the angler's safety after the experience of 2022's classic and the extreme wave height in the miracle mile area. we decided to have 2 launch locations. We also hope this will entice other teams to come to our classic with not having as much potential of long rough water runs. We have also thought of the advantage that the teams could have by launching at this secondary location and have adjusted their hours accordingly.
1.) Teams choosing to utilize the St Jean launch site will take off at same starting time as the rest of the competitors.
2.) We will have staff as well as a ramp master who will check your livewell at launch and at check in.
3.) St Jean teams must be on the trailer and ready to leave St Jean for Elizabeth Ramp 1 hour before the end of tournament hours. There is no exception if you are late dump your fish. This is the chance you take by using this option.
4.) If you use the St Jean ramp to launch then you use the St Jean ramp to check in. If you do not check in at the St Jean ramp your catch will be disqualified.
5.) Fish care is your responsibility so be sure to prepare and utilize the information above to keep from losing any fish. Remember a dead fish cannot be used for big bass or a tie breaker.
6.) There is a possibility that you may have to pay a launch fee at Elizabeth Ramp too when you arrive to weigh your fish. It is out of my control and that too is the price you may pay using this option. Do not argue with the attendant if they do indeed charge you.
2023 Ohio Mega Bass Championship Results:
1st Place Bores-Uber
Day (1) Big Bass 6.72
Day (1) 1st Platinum Pot
6th Place Lewis-Lohnes
5th Place Seeger-Stannard
Day (2) Big Bass 5.49
Day (2) 3rd Platinum Pot
4th Place McCarthy-Godfrey
Day (1) 2nd Platinum Pot
3rd Place Zolman-Nichols
Day (2) 1st Platinum Pot
2nd Place Miller-Cooper
Day (1) 2nd Big Bass 6.60
Day (1) 3rd Place Platinum Pot
Day (2) 2nd Platinum Pot
11th Place Dawson-Dawson
$350.00 Cards & 2 Waft Rods
12th Place Lewis-Thivener
$300.00 Cards & 2 Waft Rods
13th Place Pickrell-Wilson
$250.00 Cards & 2 Waft Rods
14th Place Huston-Higgins
15th Place Hiles-Helton
7th Place Norman-Duffner
Day (2) 2nd Big Bass 5.42
8th Place Newlon-Collins
9th Place Bair-Chevrier
10th Place Riggs-Millspaugh
2023 Big Bass of the year
Alum Creek 5.78