Lake Granby Anglers Classic grand prize goes to Front Range team
Sky-Hi Daily News
Fishermen were doing their best to win the cash prizes during the 2008 Lake Granby Anglers Classic Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, May 31-June 1.
A total of 16 two-person teams competed in the contest which was sponsored by the Granby Chamber of Commerce. The contestants were competing for thousands of dollars in cash prizes.
First place was won by Team No. 4’s Trent Rumler of Broomfield and Gene McWhite of Denver, whose catch of fish over the two days of competition totaled 14.52 pounds.
The runner-up spot was taken by Bob Scott of Aurora and Greg Scott of Aurora, whose Team No. 7 netted 12.72 pounds of fish.
Barry Claassen of Littleton and Kent Bramley of Littleton, who were Team No. 6, placed third after catching 11.68 pounds of fish during the contest.
The fourth-place team of Paul Bustos of Littleton and Dave Freese of Steamboat Springs won their prize with 11.16 pounds.
A total of 9.64 pounds of fish earned Steve Jackson of Brighton and Tony Lozano of Thornton the fifth-place prize.
Sixth place was taken by Timothy Montague of Evergreen and Matthew Graham of Arvada who brought in 7.44 pounds of fish.
Greg Glantz of Granby and Bob Blea of Grand Lake placed seventh with 7.42 pounds.
An even seven pounds of fish caught during the two days of the contest earned eighth place for the team of Jim Wolfe of Littleton and Rich Martin.
Ninth place went to the team of Barry Cundiff of Brighton and Eric Thorn of Aurora whose fish weighed a total of 6.94 pounds.
Rounding out the top finishers were Steve Brenner of Granby and Walt Kirkwood of Aurora who netted 5.86 pounds of fish.
The contest’s prize money included: first place, up to $2,000 and free entry into the 2009 contest; second place, $1,400; third place, $1,000; fourth place, $800; fifth place, $600; sixth place, $400; seventh place, $300; and eighth through 10th places, gifts.
In the Best-Length-in-Mackinaw Contest, Team No. 16 of Paul Bustos and Dave Freese won.
Under the tournament’s rules, each two-person team had to do all their fishing on Lake Granby from a tournament-inspected boat. All boats had to have specified gear as well as a functioning “live well” to keep the fish alive so that they can be released after the contest.
The scoring was determined by the pound weight of each team’s catch during the two-day tournament. Each team’s total fish weight determined the final standings of the competition.
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