I can’t believe that the 2011 Ditch Pickle Classic is a part of history and we’ve got to wait a whole year until the 2012 DPC, but believe me when I say I couldn’t be happier with how things went down on Saturday.
The fishing was far from fast and furious and I could have fried an egg on the deck of the boat it was so hot, but most anglers caught fish despite the conditions and one common theme across the board was that everyone had a great time both on the water and at the awards BBQ!
The final entries were 35 anglers divided amongst 16 teams. We had anglers from
Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York and all wanting to get their mitts on that trophy and the incredible pool of prizes up for grabs. Vessels ranged from canoes to jon boats to full on flats boats and we had a mixed field of contestants, some of which were guides, some that never casted a fly rod and others that just wanted to enjoy a great day on the water with friends. Connecticut
The fishing was definitely tough! Bright sun…85 degrees…algae blooms…relentless wind, but damn was it fun being out there and taking part in such a great event! The action was pretty consistent for most anglers in the field…consistently slow! Most teams put at least a couple fish in the boat and we only had a handful or so of 16”+ fish weighed in. It was those multi-point fish that carried the winning individual anglers and teams to the podium.
|2011 DPC Champion Brian Lang|
In the end it was Brian Lang from team “Lucky Bassturds” that took home the trophy, pontoon boat and title of “2011 Ditch Pickle Classic Champ.” I would imagine that Brian spent the remainder of the weekend cleaning off a nice place on the mantle for his shiny new trophy AND pondering the many things he could buy with his “Big Pickle” winnings of $320!!!! If that’s not enough, you might see Brian out on the lake with his teammate Shreve Soule of the 2011 DPC’s 1st place team, “Lucky Bassturds” slingin’ some of their new (HAND TIED BY THE MAN HIMSELF!) pike/musky flies donated by pike legend Barry Reynolds! As the winning team, Brian and Shreve also each took home autographed copies of “Bass: The Movie” by Jamie Howard and a couple Buffs for those bright sunny days.
|Matt Cain proudly displays one of the bass that|
landed him a 2nd place spot on the podium
In the individual ranks we had Matt Cain of team “Good Luck Charlie” taking second place with a pair of real nice smallies. Matt took home the Sea Level Fly Rod and Scientific Anglers Pike Fly Line. Our 3rd place individual finisher was Tom Getz of team “Hair of the Dog.” Tom put 4 nice fish in the boat and walked with a Fishpond Guide Pack and $25 gift certificate to J. Stockard Fly Fishing.
Tom Getz and his teammate Arne McKinley also brought home the 2nd place team award for their team, “Hair of the Dog.” They were awarded some fly lines donated by Barry Reynolds as well as a brandy new Buff for each of them!
Matt Cain and Mike Ryan’s team, “Good Luck Charlie” were the 3rd place team finishers and took home a copy of Barry Reynolds’ “Urban Warfare.”
|Drew Price with his "gar-gantuan" 1st place exotic entry|
Drew Price of team “Bass-assasins” swept the exotic species category with his 46” longnose gar! Drew was awarded a fly reel donated by Ken Capsey’s Pike Adventures and Barry Reynolds movie, “Urban Warfare.”
Graig Smith of team “Good Swift Kick in da Bass” was awarded a very small Redington fly reel for catching the smallest fish of the day at a whopping 7”.
|Awards Ceremony / BBQ|
|The Winners Circle : Arne Mckinley, Tom Getz, Shreve Soule, Brian Lang,|
Matt Cain, Mike Ryan, Drew Price