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SPORTS SIDNEY HERALD, SUNDAYJUNE 9. 20|9 A9 FISHING Sidney, Fairview men top the 20th Annual Milk River Catfish Classic The 20th Annual Milk River Catfish Classic was historic in more ways than one. in the weeks leading up to the tournament, the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce announced a “New” event in conjunction with the Catfish Classic. The Inaugural Milk River Catfish Days brought a whole new flavor to downtown Glasgow that lasted the entire weekend. The community enjoyed two nights of live music, a pancake breakfast, a bloody Mary and breakfast burrito brunch hosted by the Elks, a corn hole tournament for both youth and adults, a beer pong tournament, a catfish fry catered by the Cottonwood, the school’s out carnival hosted by the Children’s Museum, a 1 Mile / 5k Race called the Catfish Crawl, a pitching booth hosted by the Glasgow Reds, Catfish “Crazy Days" for vendors and retail stores alike, a youth fishing tournament at Home Run Pond, and a youth outdoors clinic hosted by the Hi—Line Sportsmen. All of the aforementioned events added to the traditional; Friday night Calcutta, Social, and Street Dance, the 20th Annual Cat Classic, and the "Famous Midnight Weigh-ins" to make this year’s version one that will not be soon forgotten. This year's 80-team field was filled during the first month of open registration. Five teams were pulled off of a waiting list as the tournament neared making it a mix of veteran and inexperienced tournament anglers. This year’s roster was also littered with an abundance of local anglers and teams from all over the region; most notably Montana Cats Circuit anglers from Billings, Laurel, Sidney and everywhere in between. In previous years we have had high water, low water, warm weather, cold weather, windy, no wind, and just about every possible condition you can imagine. This year was interesting for the simple fact that the weather was cooperative for tournament night and most of the week leading up to the event. Weather hovered in the 805 on Friday and again on tournament day. Little to no wind, no precipitation, and slightly dropping water conditions provided anglers with a chance to put up big weights and the entire 80-team field did not disappoint. Steve Harris Jr., Sidney, and Steve Lowrey, Fairview, are Cat Classic veterans and they hit the shoreline running on Saturday night. These teammates own jet boats and live on the Yellowstone River, but went it came to navigating the Cat Classic on an evening where water levels were average, the teammates elected that sticking to the shore would be in their best interest. This is Harris’ eleventh year fishing the event and he has particularly focused on one main stretch of river and reading it and studying it as much as he can. OUTDOORS Spinner spoon tactics for trout BY NICK SIMONSON At this point in the year, stocked trout are acclimating to their new homes, and a variety of fishing options can be used to land them. Stabilized and more educated to their environment — and the anglers surrounding it or boating through it — they may be a bit pickier. However, as the water warms and they go a bit deeper, tactics to target the flashy silver-sided rainbows or the feisty spotted browns, among other species stocked in North Dakota’s small trout lakes, should be adjusted to continue spring success into early summer. Two 212 2nd St. SE , Sidney, MT Be. Presented by East-Mont Ente p PRATIONAL EXCELLENCE WORKSHOP Create a space that is production—ready to build a company that can moi/e great lures that are versatile at various depths and catch trout in the cool of early morning or throughout the warming days are spinners and spoons. With some refinement, both can become go-to lures in any trout angler’s arsenal for fast action on any water. Gear Up Few lures produce a reaction strike in trout wild or stocked - like an inline spinner. Whether dressed with squirrel hair, flash or other material, or left plain, the whir of the blade draws fish in for a look and a strike. Options like the Mepps Aglia, the Panther—Martin, or Worden’s Roostertail run the gamut of sizes and styles necessary for a broad spectrum of tackle and are relatively inexpensive when it comes to'building an arsenal for any trout water. Additionally, small spoons, like Daredevles, Kastmasters and dozens of other brands and models offer up an enticing wiggle and flash that trout can't resist. Top metallic colors include gold, bronze and silver, accented with a variety of paint hues, with and train employees quickly. Mitigate wastes and become more competitive Positively impact employee morale and engagement - increase capacity, productivity, and quality Tuesday, June 18, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $129, discount for groups of 3 or mare, lunch included Contact Sara Engle for more information or to register. 377-9441 or PHOTO BY NICK SIMONSON Seeing spots. A brown trout was fooled by a gold and red-spotted Mepps Aglia on a small North Dakota lake. red, black, or popular baitfish patterns for an accent. Match the size of the spinner to the appetite of the trout in a given water, going as big as three inches for larger stocked trout, but having a few undersized models available for smaller fish. In those rare lakes where holdover fish make it from season to season, don’t be surprised if they smash a spoon or in—line that’s a bit bigger say one that could be used for pike or smallmouth bass. Depending on water clarity, one can get away with using thin superline, such as PowerPro or Berkley Fireline in 10—pound test but 'having a spool of monofilament in six-pound STOP IN GET FEE-APPROVED \ test ready to go for casting or trolling these metal options for trout is also a good idea for those gin- clear waters. Be certain enough line is on the spool to make some long- distance casts and that the weight of the spoon on a long bomb doesn’t leave the spool empty. Light to medium-light rods in lengths of six to seven feet will cover most trout duties, and a respectable reel with a good drag mechanism can handle the outlying larger trout in any water. Count Down Simply due to their heavy nature, spoons and spinners can be used as search lures to help find where trout are holding. lf fish are on the rise and feeding near the surface, an angler can start the retrieve as soon as the lure splashes down. When there’s no topwater activity, each cast can be counted down to get the lure-lower in the water column. Try fan-casting spinners and spoons in an area around a boat or shore with a quick countdown of two or three seconds, and if there are no takers, try counting down further, such as five or even 10 seconds to find where fish are holding. While some troutwill relate to the bottom, they are likely to suspend somewhere in the water column of a given lake. Keep that in mind when searching. Vary the speed or impart subtle twitches in the retrieve for a quick spasm of action to set following fish off and trigger a bite. In addition to casting and counting down, spinners and small spoons can be trolled for trout. As long as the speed is enough to turn the spinner’s particular blade or make the spoon wobble with a seductive side-to-side action, it should attract trout while in motion around a body of water behind the boat. Use the main motor or a strong enoUgh trolling motor to impart the action, and slow down to put the offering in a deeper strike zone or speed up when fish are active up top. Pop the rod time from time to The Richland County catfish junkies toted their five cats up on the stage at nearly 1 am. and watched the scale dial up to an impressive 36.42 pounds. Good' enough to take home the 20th Annual Cat Classic Championship and command a loud ovation from an estimated 500 spectators in attendance. Others placing from the Sidney and Fairview area were Casey Peterson and Tobin Bell, 18th; Steve Harris and Quintin Nelson, 37th; George Stuckers and Cody Stensland, 60th. A record tying twenty- eight teams weighed in 20 or more pounds and an all-time Montana Cats Circuit record 78 teams weighed in fish! Congratulations to the entire tournament field for being a part of a history making night of fishing. time to make the lure jump and trigger following fish into biting. Hold on tight as even a moderate-sized trout can provide a jarring strike. With a selection of spinners and spoons and a bit of experience with them on the water this time of year, it’s easy to find fast action for stocked trout. Before things get too warm and the dog days set in, stack up the memories at the start of summer and enjoy some success with a bit of flash and fun built right into each cast or troll. Small spoons and spinners are ideal search lures for trout and when fish are on the bite, can provide the fastest fishing. Enter only once, but you can vote at yl fiihmnfifimdh Sidney Herald, 310 2nd Ave. NE Sidney. (406) 433-2403 0 Huge selection of unique items for Dad this Father's Day. .......MM.......WeCanhe[pwifhy0ur . . . . . . . . . a . . . .. .~ ‘ s - new home purchase or refinance! ~~~~~~ - a Pizza Pourrs ; M FOR DELIVERY Ridala Janet Serge... 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