Wow! Up until this point, the 2007 Smoker of the Year Contest was anybody’s ballgame. But this one is going to be extremely difficult to beat…
Harrison “Purple Bead” Ibach of Arcata, CA traveled 357 miles to the Feather River to hook into this big buck (hmm, how can you tell it’s a boy???). In doing so, he’s the first person ever to score a perfect 10 on the Smoke-O-Meter.
The cigarette, the fungus, the milky cloud of salmon baby batter, the white trash pair of waders he’s wearing and the fact that Ibach would even touch such a beast with his bare hands all give this photo the highest marks!
In fact, when you combine this fish with the one Ibach entered earlier this season (see his other fish in the Smoker of the Year category on the homepage — the date was Jan. 23, 2007 and heading was Coastal Chrome), it’s safe to say that Harrison should be a first-ballot Smoker Hall of Famer when he retires.
Harry, if you could see us right now, we’re all bowing and doing the whole “we’re not worthy” deal. You’re the man!
With the clock ticking on the 2007 season, you guys are really going to have to step up your efforts if you want even a prayer of topping this fish. Suck it up and show me what you’ve got!
Smoker of the Year Contest Rules
Send us your darkest fish pictures! The winning entry will be picked by a completely biased panel of river rats, pirates and poachers and the “Smoker of the Year” will win a free fishing trip with me…(maybe for downer steelhead or squawfish or perhaps a sucker-carp combo trip).
To enter send me an email via the contact link on the homepage and then I’ll send you an email address to send the pictures to. You can also entre through my guide site: www.thesportfisher.com