Monday, July 31, 2017

Chub Fest 2017

With the summer of '17 slipping away from us it is time to document a few of its high lights. Starting of course with Chub Fest.

As best I can determine this, our second annual event, is the world's only fishing tournament devoted exclusively to chubs.  Which are to the uninitiated, nothing more than several related species of highly aggressive minnows.  

Here's a fine fellow.

Chub fishing is not like normal fishing.  The prime spots are the out flow from culverts running under rural roads.  The bait hardly matters, they will hit anything.  Here my team partner for the day struggles manfully to unlearn a life time of angling expertise.

Headquarters for the Northern Chub Anglers Alliance (NCAA) remains for the time being in a garage.  And with equal consistency this wily angler brought in the prize winning chub again this year, a leviathan that tipped the scales (well, just a little) at 4.8 ounces.

Preserved for posterity, the 2017 leader board.  8 teams went out this year.  The team names reflect the grave seriousness of the event.  All sponsorships are imaginary. 

In addition to recording the largest single chub, teams competed for maximum weight of their top ten fish.  Photographing chubs to make them marginally impressive takes a bit of guile.  Here I set them on a picnic table to alter the perspective a bit.

Of course Chub Fest is about more than fishing.  After weigh ins the grill gets fired up. With a high proportion of serious hunting and fishing types the menu can be rather exotic.

One of several four footed participants hopes that with regards to grilled left overs, every Dog will have her Day.  Disappointed, she fell asleep soon afterwards.

Its probably not helpful when trying to alter photographic perspective to put a gigantic toddler head in the foreground!

Chalk art, some of it of a taunting nature.  The state record for a creek chub by the way is a little short of 17 pounds five ounces.  Like, 16 pounds 11.4 ounces short of it.

Yard games were played.  Poorly, after a long day in the sun and a few beverages.

And of course, when fishing for what are usually considered "trash fish", some trash talk was in order.  Here I am as part of the second place team.  We have put the winners on notice that next year they are going to be dethroned as World Chub Champions.


jon spencer said...

Years ago, I caught, cleaned, cooked and eaten 1 (one) chub.
The cardboard that your catch was photographed on would taste better.
I have caught many more since then and have not thought that eating another would be a good idea.

Tim Wolter said...

We feed the Departed to the local Raptor Center. No complaints heard.


Anonymous said...

Hey Tim. Nice overview of our efforts at Chub Fest. I've already started planning on how we can take down Frank's team next year. Working on getting Waffle House to actually sponsor us!


Tim Wolter said...

And trophies. Gonna be some nice laser cut trophies next year.


Anonymous said...

Here in a remote corner of Canada we have been holding Chub Fest for the past 44 years. Our 'field games' include Chub Chucking, Chub Blowing, Chub Sucking, The One in a Million Dollar Chub, Noises in the Night and so on. Incidental Trout are also caught which are much better tasting.