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A True Fish Story...
September 19, 2013 - Steve Schulwitz
Because of my occupation I received a little more of an inside look at the reality television fishing series that was filmed in Alpena and from the little I had seen, it is going to be amazing. More importantly than watching the 24 professional fishermen in Major League Fishing competing, I'm excited about the impact there will be after the series airs because Alpena will be the show's primary focus when the anglers aren't on their boats casting.
To prepare for the bass fishermen the area could , or should, see next year after the show debuts the Alpena Convention and Visitor's Bureau are in the process of creating a fishing guide. The guide will not only be directed toward bass fishermen, but anyone wanting to try their luck at a local fishing hole.
The plan according to CVB President Mary Beth Stutzman is to create a way for people to not only find out more about the local bodies of water and where they are located, but to list fish species in the lake, as well as businesses near them. What I think is the best part of the CVB's plan is that it wants to make this a venture in which our boarding county's Montmorency, Alcona and Presque Isle can benefit from as well.
Because there are so many lakes, rivers, streams and ponds in the four county area, the CVB and Stutzman are relying on the public and local sportsmen to provide information to add to the guide. Stutzman said she wants to know where public boat launches are and would love to acquire maps of the lakes to help show people fishing a closer look at the make-up of the lake.
Stutzman said she has already heard whispers from some that they don't want to reveal any secret fishing spots, techniques or baits, but she said that is not the case and the fishermen's favorite spots will not be revealed.
With as many fishermen as there are in NE Michigan we should be able to make one heck of a fishing guide and everyone is to gain from people out of town visiting and fishing, whether it be on water or ice. Hotels, campgrounds, stores and restaurants will all enjoy the extra traffic spawned by the TV show.
Stutzman said she also wants pictures of people with a nice bounty of fish, or a large fish that they are proud of. She said photos of people fishing or just enjoying a day by the water will also work well. I plan on submitting a photo of a typically sunrise side sunset taken from the boat with down-riggers in the forefront.
Anyway, I'm sure there is a lot of material out there and it is easy to submit. Just log onto the CVB website and fill out a brief form with some questions about the lake or river and the CVB will take the info and do the rest.
We know how great the fishing is in the area and we would be fools to not share it with others. We don't have to make sure they catch fish, but we should at least provide them an opportunity to enjoy what we have at our fingertips and maybe they will help Alpena out by doing more than fishing once they are here.
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