Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Prater seizes early lead in 2015 Angler of Year contest!

Lame Duck Club President and Web Editor Bill Prater hauled a 20-inch rainbow from an unidentified ed North Park lake on Jan. 8 to move into a solid first place position in the second year of the Loveland Fishing Club's annual Angler of the Year contest.

The big trout easily eclipsed a 17 1/2-incher taken by Dave Harem the previous day at Lake John. Unfortunately for Bill, we have about 50 weeks remaining in the 2015 tourney, so everyone who's paid their 2015 dues have a shot at top prize.  (If you catch a big fish and THEN want to pay your dues, we may throw you in the lake.)

If you want to know who won the 2014 prize, you'll have to show up for the annual dinner, 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, at Chilson Center.  The contest is based on percentage of the Colorado Master Angler criteria for all listed species.  Bill's rainbow came in at about 83.3 percent of the length needed for Master Angler consideration, but he ate it anyway.

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