2017 DPC


We're very excited to announce the 2017 Ditch Pickle Classic "Catch-Photo-Release" Fly Fishing Tournament on Lake Champlain!

The 2017 DPC based out of Swanton, Vermont will be held on June 24th-25th on beautiful Lake Champlain.  The DPC is open to anglers of all ages and skill levels.

Dan Russell & Dillon Brooker / "Kind of a Big Dill" - 2016 1st Place Team

You don't need a big fancy bass boat to fish the DPC either! Kayaks, canoes and motor boats are all permitted. The DPC is a team event and we make every effort to pair people up with team mates and fill empty seats in boats. 
Each team will have 1-3 anglers and, if you want to be a 1-man team, you will be responsible for the team entry fee of $100. If you are your own 1-man team, you must still have a co-rider to assist with photographic documentation of your catch! We're allowing more than 1 team to fish from a boat as long as it's within reason.

Spectators may ride along or pilot a boat for a team.

Don't be scared off if you don't have a boat! If you have a strong desire to fish in the DPC but have any apprehension what-so-ever, please send us an email to DitchPickleClassic@gmail.com and we'll do whatever we can to make it happen for you! The sooner we hear from you, the sooner we can get you set up!





2017 Prize Categories...

Dillon Brooker - 2016 Top Angler
- 1st Place Team
- 2nd Place Team
- 3rd Place Team

- 1st Place Individual
- 2nd Place Individual
- 3rd Place Individual

- 1st Place Paddler

- 1st Place Junior Angler (under 18)

- Largest Northern Pike

- Best Exotic Fish (Bowfin, Gar, Carp)

- Dink Award (Smallest Bass)

- Breakdown Award (it happens every year!)

*Big Pickle (Largest Bass / Largemouth or Smallmouth)
* Seperate $ Pool
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Tournament Weekend... 

Check in...
On Saturday the 25th, we will have our check-in at the Headquarters for the Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge on Tabor Road. Click HERE for directions and info about the site.
Checking in at the refuge headquarters (2015)
We will be open for check-in as of 8:30am on the 24th
Check-in hours = 8:30 - 10am
Lines in @ 11am!!

We encourage all competitors to arrive early for check-in. We will have some basic items for sale such as flies, leaders, tippets, etc. 

The headquarters has plenty of parking for boats/trailers, and it is very close to our designated launch at the Larry Greene Access.

The Larry Greene Access is located on Rte. 78 and directions can be found HERE.


Every angler must check-in and sign a waiver prior to launching!

Awards BBQ...
We will hold the post-tournament BBQ on Sunday 6/25 at the Lakewood Farm on Lakewood Road. Lakewood Rd. is directly across the street from the Larry Greene Access (see the map below.)  The official tournament "Weigh-in/Awards Ceremony" will take place during the BBQ, so all entrants and spectators are strongly encouraged to attend regardless of how you did in the tournament!  There is no charge to attend the BBQ and we'll do our best to make sure you don't leave hungry! 





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The Goods... 


Tunaskin Motherload Arrives at GMT
Again for the 2017 DPC, thanks to a partnership with our good friends at Tunaskin Aquatic Apparel, each angler participating in the event will receive a Tunaskin Performance Longsleeve Shirt as part of their entry!!!
That's a $35 shirt included with a $50 entry!!



We're also supplying each team with a captain's bag, filled with an assortment of products from the many other generous sponsors of the Ditch Pickle Classic!  



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The DPC Experience...

The Pickle has become a highlight of the season for many.  We expanded the event to a 2-day format to make room for more quality fishing and more time hangin' with buddies, soaking in the Lake Champlain vibes.  Take the DPC too seriously and you might miss the point, which is to have fun.  Don't come the the DPC for the win...come for the experience.  




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2017 Team Listings...Check Back Frequently!...

1. Kosher Dills
John Dziedzic
Dan Dziedzic
Donald Dziedzic

2. Rippled Bassers
Tim Hayes
Ben Brunt

3. Bassachusetts
Jay Aylward
Thomas Waidlich

4. Imbassiles
John Cooper
Jeff Faulkner

5. Stealth Basselopes
Jay Modry
Matt Dickstein

6. Pickleback
Matthew Lapointe
Chris Boucher
Tyler Wood

7. Hartford Yard Goats
Elliot Thomas
Jeremy Clapp

8. Kind of a Big Dill
Dillon Brooker
Dan Russell

9. They Call Me Big Popper 
Pat Cohen
Dan Lomanto

10. Time Flies
Adam Kornuth
Jamison Haskins

11. BassKing in the Sun
Shreve Soule
Brian Lang

12. Gyros & Perogies
Mike Kontos
James Kontos
Jeff Dybinski

13. Oh Canabass
Chris Morgan
Anthony Monette

14. Puff Puff Bass
Evan Potter
Nate Moreau

15. Amish Anglers
John Wood
Bryan Wood

16. Bass 2 Mouth
John Churcher
Brenden Provost