2013 Fish Cleaning Contest

New for 2013 a Fish Cleaning Contest.

Taking place on Saturday, June 1st immediately following weigh-in at Waterfront Stadium.

Anyone may enter by signing up at the Captain's Meeting on Thursday, May 30th, paying the $20 entry fee and signing a registration for including waiver.

Participants must

  • Bring your own filet gloves - a glove is required to be worn on the non-knife hand
  • Bring your own own cutting board - a sturdy table will be provided for all participants to use
  • Bring your own filet knife

Each person will clean two (2) similar size fish (similar species).

Judging is based on time, efficiency, and cleanliness – filet, skinned and deboned.

Winner receives $200 guaranteed (could go up based on number of entries), a filet knife and bragging rights!!


DNR - State Park Explorer Program Donation

Did you know that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has a State Park Explorer Program that provides summer nature programming in about 40 state parks statewide?  In 25 of these parks including Holland, Muskegon, Mears and Ionia State Parks, the State Park Explorer Program includes fishing instruction to families and children.  After over 20 years of use the fishing equipment at these parks is wearing out.   At the last GHOC Board meeting we voted to make a donation to the State Park Explorer Program to help replace the warn out and broken equipment.

Thanks to Fish On Bait and Tackle for helping out and getting a great deal to help all the donated funds go even further.


2013 Tournament Schedule

Thursday, May 30th - Captain's Meeting

Mandatory for all teams, all divisions
Registration 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm with meeting to follow

Friday, May 31st - Ladies & Kids Tournament

Saturday, June 1st - Pro / Am

Sunday, June 2nd - Pro / Am

See rules for the details.

Our History

The Grand Haven Offshore Challenge began in 1996 with a group of local fisherman Capt. Willis Kerridge, Capt. George Hays, Bill Rodgers and Chuck Pistis. These four decided to promote the local fishery and economy during a quieter time of the summer, the weekend after Memorial Day. The first year they hosted approximately 60 boats and have now grown to over 143 boats in 2006. Proos Downtrollers was the major sponsor the first year and was critical in getting this tournament on its feet and they have continued for 10 years to support this event. Throughout the years the tournament has seen weather from one extreme to the other, fishing in winter coats to scorching 90 degrees and the straight line winds in 1998 that destroyed the Grand Haven show mobile and much of Chinook Pier and its boats.

The first year's tournament paid the Pro Division a top prize of $4,000 and the AM Division $1,000. With the help of our Classic Sponsors, Proos, Ridgeview Industries, Tiara Yachts, Pursuit and Toledo Beach West and many, many other business's we have been able to raise that to Pro $10,000 and AM $5,000 in 2005.

As the Tournament continued to grow the board of directors decided we wanted to give something back to the fishery and the community and as of February 23, 2001 the Tournament received its official 501(c)(3) status and the IRS recognizes us as a charitable organization. Because of this we have put many exciting projects in place including a scholarship program and the Baby Chinook Program.