You’ve got less than a week to catch your winning walleye — and a $100,000 fishing boat. The 2018 Lake Erie Fall Brawl ends at 8 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.
As of Monday afternoon, the leading fish is just over 12 pounds, nearly 3 pounds shy of last year’s winner.
“This weather hasn’t been cooperating,” said organizer Frank Murphy. “But I think the end of the week is going to have some pretty decent weather. I’m looking for everything to get shook up.”
The Fall Brawl began in 2010 with 50 guys who threw a couple bucks in a pot. Now it’s a massive endeavor, running Oct. 19 through Dec. 2, with dozens of sponsors, events and a food drive.
The premise is simple. Pay $30 to register in the Brawl and fish any time in the Ohio waters of Lake Erie — off the shore or a boat — during the contest. Bring any walleye you catch to Erie Outfitters in Sheffield Lake to weigh. The biggest fish wins a glimmering Warrior V21-21 DC boat, decked out with custom green fishing rod holders, a matching Evinrude motor and all sorts of bells and whistles.
Tthe next four finishers walk away with tens of thousands of dollars.
The top angler 16 years and younger wins a 16-foot Hewescraft boat, also with a trailer, rod holders and motor.
More than 6,300 anglers are participating this year.
Hundreds of them have been bringing fish to Erie Outfitters to weigh, said owner Craig Lewis. Sunday, he said, anglers were there from 13 states, including Nebraska, South Dakota and New York.
You’ve got five more days.
“It’s all going to be a shoot out here this last week,” Murphy said.
Here are the standings, as of Monday afternoon.
1.) Jeff Champion
2.) Mark Duszynski
3.) Erin Kossack
4.) Jake Huth
5.) Jacob Detweiler
6.) Tim Sullivan
7.) Tyler Randall
8.) Zachary T. Miller
Here’s what the brawl looked like last year: