192 Panhandle Road (Route 613 off Route 340)
After about six or seven hours of fishing all 13 guides and 25 fishermen returned to the site of the party and handed their honor system scorecards in. For the first time in recent memory fly-rodders ran away with the Rodeo first prize by posting a score of 505 points. The winning team, guided by Brian Trow and included anglers Carter Lewis and Robert Audet, tallied 49 smallmouth and only one largemouth. The rodeo takes place on sections of the South Fork which are heavily populated on a mid summer Saturday by inner-tubes and canoes. Sometimes it's a miracle any smallmouth are caught at all but these guys never fail. Also according to tradition, prizes are meant more to embarrass the winners than to award them for a good day of fishing. This year, Jeff even admitted he was embarrassed when purchasing the Justin Bieber backpacks which he then tried to pass off as tackle packs for plano boxes for first prize!
We want to thank all of Rodeo sponsors and the local fishing guides who donated a day of fishing. See you out on the river!
2012 River Rodeo Sponsors
Elaine Bernstein * John Holmes * Stan Oaks * George Ohrstrom
Avis Oglivy Moore * John & Rachel Kelble * Andrew White * Mariecken & Jeff Fowler
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