By Sandi Lyons-Hoard – Saturday, April 30 and Sunday May 1, the Fifth Annual Rod Marshal Fishing Tournament hosted by the Harlan Anglers Walleye Club was held on Harlan County Lake. Saturday the weather was overcast and cold with a slight mist. Sunday was cloudy and cold, yet dry. Fishing was tough both days. A total of 71 fish were caught Saturday and 79 fish were caught Sunday. Sixty-eight teams from Nebraska, Kansas, and Colorado participated in this year’s tournament.
We want to say “Thank You!” to Dennis Heying and Tammi Heying of Kearney, Ne., for all their help and support for and during the tournament. They helped to make this year’s tournament a huge success!
A special thanks goes out to the Nebraska Walleye Trail for their co-sponsoring and supporting the tournament; to all the area businesses for their donations and support of the tournament; to Todd Garringer for being the tournament’s weighmaster; to Rick Jackson and Steve Mauer for doing boat checks Saturday morning; and to Ryan Miller for measuring fish Sunday afternoon.
The “Big Fish,” caught by Gail Anderson and Dakota Haines from Lexington, Ne., weighed 8.72 pounds and paid $680. This tournament had 100% payouts that were paid to a total of 13 winning teams. Listed are the top five teams:
First Place at a cash prize of $5,400 went to Brian Regelin from Cozad, Ne., and Brett Binzant from Bertrand, Ne. Total weight of fish caught for both days was 20.96 pounds.
Second Place at a cash prize of $3,800 went to Brent and Blaine Janssen of Alma, Ne. Total weight of fish caught for both days was 19.04 pounds.
Third Place at a cash prize of $2,300 went to Randall Horine and Branden Sinsel of Minden, Ne. Total weight of fish caught for both days was 19.02 pounds.
Fourth Place at a cash prize of $1,150 went to Justin Debrin of Gibbon, Ne. and Randy Coffman of Kearney, Ne. Total weight of fish caught both days was 15.62 pounds.
Fifth Place at a cash prize of $800 went to Cliff Doty and Scott Haes of Lincoln, Ne. Total weight of fish caught both days was 15.02 pounds.