Steelhead season is obviously in full swing out West, as here is yet another dandy entered into our HAWG of the Month Contest.
Phil Trip (right), caught this beautiful 36″x19″ steelie on the Umpqua River on Jan. 17, and at the end of the month, has a shot at a nice prize pack from Yakima Bait.
Cohen Cardoza caught his first-ever steelhead on the Eel River yesterday on a yarn ball and is our first Hawg of the Month Contest entry for the new season.
The young gun was fishing with proud papa Tom Cardoza.
“Yeah it was really sweet,” says Tom. “On the walk back to the truck, Cohen said ‘thanks for bringing me fishing dad !!!’ My heart melted…”
At the end of each month, you, the readers, will get to vote for your favorite. Monthly HAWG of the month winners get a sweet prize pack from Yakima Bait and will vie for the Grand Prize at the end of the year.
Here’s the news many of you have been clamoring for: The HAWG of the Month Contest is BACK!!!! And, if you don’t mind me saying, it’s better than ever!
We have picked up an awesome new sponsor for the 2013 campaign: Yakima Bait! And they’ve upped the monthly prize loot considerably: Now, monthly winners get a special prize pack consisting of a Yakima Bait Hat; a Hawg Nose FlatFish; a Mag Lip 4.5 salmon plug; a Mag Lip 3.5 steelhead plug and a Toman Salmon Spinner! I have used all those lures extensively over the past few years and believe me when I tell you that they work…
Okay, so the contest works this way: You catch a nice fish and get a good shot of you holding it. Email us and we’ll tell you where to send it for consideration. At the end of each month, all the entries that make the website will be put up to a vote from you, the readers. Monthly winners will go head to head at the end of the year in the Playoffs and the final two photos will battle it out for the grand prize (more on that later) in the Hawg Bowl.
• Only one entry per household per month
• Fish have to be caught in the month in which they are entered (no digging through the archives!!)
• Not all photos will make it into the contest — if your photo is lacking in resolution, good composition, etc. we may not run it. Also, bloody fish shots and ones taken indoors are likely to get the boot.
After a 1-year hiatus, our big fish photo contest is back! There are some changes this year and we also have an exiting new sponsor which will be providing the prizes: Yakima Bait!
I will fill you in with all the details soon, but for now, start getting ready to send us those pix of the big fish you’re catching!
The votes are in and, though it was a good battle down to the end, Adam Baker and his chrome slab of Sacramento River Chinook Salmon edged out Laura’s beautiful Clearwater steelhead by a margin of 57% to 43%. As you can see from the chart below, the votes were pretty evenly spread out across the US, but Adam definitely carried Europe and that random area somewhere off the coast of Nigeria!
For his efforts, Adam wins a guided fishing trip for 2 with top-notch Pacific Northwest guide, Bill “Swanny” Swann of Swanny’s Fishing!
The final results: