plan so far. Some slight changes or additions may
occur over the coming months, but will be finalized by December
10th ANNUAL 2015 Hog-A-Thon
Pre-fish Friday, March
Youth Division, and Women's Division contests on:
14 (Begins at daybreak,
shortly after 8 a.m. ET, with weigh in not later than 5 p.m. ET)
Contest Rules and Info
Note: To save time at registration I am offering an
style registration. Here's
how it works: email me your intention to enter. This
does not commit you to enter, but signifies a strong
belief that you will attend. If you were entered in the
2014 contest, I have your info on file, but let me know if I
need to do an update of name, address, phone, and email address.
I am adding a Youth Division and Women's
division this year. Since many names are used by both
genders, please indicate on your registration if you are
eligible for the Women's division or youth division.
If you did not enter in 2014 or need to update your info, just
include it in your email. Your info is kept only in my
file and not shared. I use this info to track regions that
our contestants come from, distance traveled, etc., as quick
reference for emergency contact should you get a message from
home, and as backup for our taxidermy files. Your entry
will become official when you pay your entry fee. This can
be done by mail if you like or at the Bait Shop, anytime before
10 a.m. on Saturday March 14, 2015.
On Friday or Saturday of the contest weekend you will need to
put in an appearance at the Bait Shop. I will have an ID
tag for you and each contestant will have the opportunity to
draw for a door prize. Door prizes will be given away on
the spot as you draw.
fee $35, all ages and skill levels welcome. Optional:
Youth Division ONLY entry fee $5 (age 14 and under at time of
contest). Any youth who enters the regular contest, but
does not place for a cash prize on Saturday will automatically
be entered in the youth division. Every youth will receive
an entry gift/prize. On regular contest entries, to
qualify for Youth division or Women's Division, please note
"youth" or "Women's" in your email or on contest entry form.
Friday Pre fish Shop hours 6:00 a.m. ET - 9 p.m. ET. Fishing may begin at sun up.
You may fish the pre-fish day before paying your entry fee,
however, your fee must be paid by 9 p.m. on Friday to be
eligible for the cash pre-fish prize. Both regular and
youth contestants are eligible for the pre-fish award.
Fish must be fresh caught &
alive at registration, for both the pre-fish and Hog-a-Thon.
Bring a pail to the lake for transporting your catch in water.
Frozen or semi-frozen fish will not be accepted! Be
prepared to have your photo taken with your fish when you bring
Contending fish may be registered only once. Qualifying
fish will be tagged and held by Maple Ridge until end of contest.
5) Autopsy may be
performed to confirm winners.
6) Only one cash prize
per entrant, excluding pre-fish award. If you qualify for
2 cash awards, you will be given your choice of which to
receive. If we must choose for you, we will choose the
larger of the two awards. The other will be given to the
next qualifying entry.
7) Winners will be
determined by weight with length as a tiebreaker. If still
a tie, the first weighed-in will be the winner.
Bait & Taxidermy reserves
the right to investigate and contest any entry.
8) Anyone caught
breaking the rules will be disqualified and forfeits all contest
privileges. Any adult caught breaking the rules of the
Youth contest may be banned from the Hog-a-Thon for life.
Please help to teach our youth good sportsmanship!
9) Michigan fishing
regulations apply. Tribal contestants will temporarily
suspend their tribal privileges and abide by regular state
regulations for the purposes of this contest.
Shop will open at 6 a.m. Contest
hours are from daybreak until 5 p.m. ET. Fish must be
registered At Maple Ridge
BY 5 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. CT. Prizes will be
awarded immediately following, at Maple Ridge. Join us for
awards at our Maple Ridge Tailgate Party. Food and
beverages provided. Donations accepted for non-contestants
wishing to join the meal and festivities. A donation
container will be placed in the Bait Shop.
We plan to
have some form of
entertainment at the
tailgate party. As our budget is quite limited, I will be
looking for donations toward an entertainment fund. We have
limited 110 power available so cannot accommodate a band with
amplifiers. Entertainers willing to perform can contact
Nettie at (906) 575-3545. Be aware that you will be
performing outdoors, although we will make a good effort to
provide some source of warmth/shelter based on your needs and
Weigh-ins will take place at Maple Ridge until
5:00 p.m. ET. No late weigh-ins!
Perch: 1st = $1000 +
2nd = $500 + Trophy
3rd = $250 + Trophy
4th = $100
5th = $50
Walleye = $250
Northern Pike = $100
Biggest Crappie = $100 Biggest Sucker Award = $100
Friday Pre fish perch = $100
Women's Division =
Youth Division 1st Place =
$100 + rod & reel + Ribbon
2nd Place = Gear + Ribbon
3rd Place = Gear + Ribbon
cash prizes will be awarded, providing there is at least one
qualifying entry in the class.
(to be determined) Will be drawn after all other awards
are made. Present your "Regular" contest ID at
Announcement Booth at the Tailgate Party and you will be given a
ticket to place in the drawing (Youth division ONLY contestants
not eligible). A Warning Announcement will be made
approximately 5 minutes before Grand Prize Drawing. It is
the responsibility of each contestant to make sure you enter the
drawing for the Grand Prize. Must be present to win Grand
Prize. There will be a 2 minute window allowed to claim
the Grand Prize. If prize remains unclaimed 2 minutes
after winner is announced, it will be re-drawn.
I'm working on a system for drawing door
prizes. The general plan is to have each contestant
(or their representative) draw from a prize drum. There
will be balls, or tokens of some sort, marked to indicate if it
is a door prize winner. Contestant with a winning (ball or
token) will be able to choose their prize from a selection, and
each contestant will also receive some bit of memorabilia (like
a 10th Annual Hog-a-Thon pen or can coozie or some other useful
Pageant: Is a costume based contest
with a $250 cash prize. Gus
would like to see contestants cross dress in their
interpretation of a HOG, but the cross dressing part is not
mandatory. Hog can be interpreted as the contestant likes.
It could a farm type hog or snout or tail, it could be a "hog"
fish, or whatever. Each contestant will need to have their
"pageant" name printed on a pageant ribbon (Miss America style,
diagonally across the upper body). Gus gave the example of
the name "Hogzilla". Register your pageant name with
Nettie so it cannot be used by others for this contest. I
will have a limited number of ribbons and a marker available for
those who forget. Judges may apply by giving their names
to Nettie. Judges will be chosen from the pool on the day
of the contest.
Finalized details will be
updated by December 1, 2014
fresh caught, live perch can be entered at Maple Ridge Bait Shop until 9 p.m. ET. If you have not already
entered the Hog-a-Thon, you must register when you bring in your
pre-fish entry in order for the perch to qualify for the
pre-fish award. Entered perch will be left at Maple Ridge
until closing of the Hog-a-Thon judging (If you allow us to clip
fins, you may take your entry perch with you on Friday).
Registration RSVP may be done by email if you like (see
instructions above, noted under the Contest Rules and Info
Heading). Entry fee may be mailed, or delivered on arrival
the weekend of the contest. Don't forget to pick up your
ID tag during the week before the contest, before fishing
Saturday. Your ID tag will be used, to get your Grand
Prize entry at the start of the Tailgate Party, when tagging
fish, and perhaps as a quick reference for taxidermy paperwork.
6 a.m. ET
Maple Ridge opens. Fishing may begin at sun-up.
10 a.m. ET
Ticket sales close
After the Hog-a-Thon, join us for a
tailgate party at Maple Ridge. We will provide Free food and
beverages with a bonfire and entertainment. Bring a chair.
Sun- up till
5 p.m. ET Bring your live perch, walleyes, Northern Pike,
Crappie, and Sucker entries to Maple Ridge Bait for registration.
Buffet line & Beverage stand open
5 p.m. Winners are calculated.
Gus will wrap fish for taxidermy at
the bait shop.
Cash and Grand Prize will be awarded at the
Hog-a-Thon Shack as the meal winds down, entertainment to follow awards.
You must be 21 years of age to drink on Maple Ridge
property, and to be served beer. Please drink responsibly.
If you need transportation to local lodging, please let us know.
Don't drink & drive!!!
Email us at: 906mapleridge.com or phone Nettie at
REGISTER You may
RSVP by emailing your info to
and pay your fee on arrival at Maple Ridge (before fishing
Saturday). Or you may mail your info and check as noted on
the sample form below.
We need your: NAME ADDRESS
PHONE # & E-MAIL
ADDRESS (if you have one), If you will be14 years of age or
younger at the time of the contest, please include the word
"youth" with your registration. Women wishing to also
be considered for the Women's Division Trophy please indicate
"Women's Div." There is no additional fee to be included
in the women's division.
fee (cash or check) entry fee to Maple Ridge. Entries
are accepted on site at Maple Ridge every day, with special
hours as noted above.
Entry fee is $35.
Youth Only Entry fee is $5
Optional, Registration Form (using
your mouse, select and print just the form)
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Mail to: Maple Ridge, 35802 Hwy.
M-28, Merriweather, MI 49947
CONTEST YEAR: 2015
Entry FEE for regular Hog-a-Thon _____
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Please include me in the Women's
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