Elite Series pro Brandon Palaniuk sent us a photo of a monster salmon he and Randy Marnich caught on Muskegon Lake.
The 2013 All-Star trophy goes to this year's Rookie of the Year.
Hank Cherry brings home the trophy, while home state favorite KVD comes in second.
Check out the scenes prior to the final weigh-in at All-Star Week.
Mike Elkins and I had put the boat on the trailer and were headed back to Muskegon. We looked down on the water as we crossed the White Lake bridge in Whitehall, and there was Hank Cherry, fishing a shallow area covered in lily pads next to a city park. He was throwing a frog. So we stopped and had one more visit with him today. "What's the matter, you get tired of catching those smallmouth?," I asked. "Just thought I'd come up here and see if I could catch a big green one," Cherry said.
Keith Combs and Ret. Sgt. David Yager landed a nice lake salmon during the Folds of Honor fishing day sponsored by A.R.E. accessories. Photos by Davis Yager
Our boat driver Mike Elkins has spent a lot of time on White Lake and he's never seen anyone attack it like Hank Cherry is today. He's fishing off Dowies Point, where a 4- or 5-foot deep sand flat runs quite a distance offshore, then drops sharply into 20 feet of water. There's some vegetation on the sandbar. Cherry is positioning his boat in the deep water off the breakline, but close enough that he can hit the edge of the flat. Then he reels a Damiki swimbait off the edge into the depths. He's working a stretch of the breakline that's about 200 yards long.
Hank Cherry's big day is drawing a big crowd, including a kayaker who made his way down to check out the action.