Registration for The Reel Deal Bass Tournament began at 5:30 A.M. Sunday, May 27 at the Montague Municipal Boat Launch on White Lake.
Fishermen returned to the launch site at 3:00 P.M. for official weigh-in. Many of the participants returned with a daily limit of 5 Bass with the largest fish weighing in at more than 3 pounds. Most fish caught in the tournament were returned to the lake alive immediately after they were weighed and recorded.
I didn't stay until the final contestants weighed-in so there may have been even larger fish registered.
Blue sky was evident all around this ominous storm cloud that included much lightening and thunder. A sudden, cold, fierce, wind brought a rain squall that quickly dissipated into a night long sprinkle.
The white condos stood out in stark contrast to the frightening clouds.
Lake Michigan was its typical self this morning. Cold, dreary, desolate. The damp air fueled by a frigid breeze off the lake penetrated to the bones. Not even the Seagulls showed their beaks. Footprints were the only evidence of a recent visitor.
On a warm summer day this beach will be jam-packed with single moms, single dads and grandparents who have found the next best thing to TV for an afternoon of entertaining their wild, screaming children. Not that I don't like wild, screaming children - we bring our grandkids here too. But on a May morning when viciously brutal glacial winds are raging in from off-shore you might think people come here only to commit suicide or otherwise sadistically torment themselves.
Yes - I could have stayed in the Rio Grande Valley another couple weeks.