Pier 33 Hosts 2016 Southwest Michigan Steelheaders Fishing Tournament May 6 & 7

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Pier 33 Marina will be the headquarters facility for the 2016 Schu’s Summer Challenge presented by the Southwest Michigan Steelheaders May 6 & 7 in St. Joseph, Michigan.

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Pier 33 Marina will be the headquarters facility for the 2016 Schu’s Summer Challenge presented by the Southwest Michigan Steelheaders May 6 & 7 in St. Joseph, Michigan.

This exciting Pro & Am fishing tournament has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest in the region, attracting anglers from throughout Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin for the great early-season fishing found offshore of St. Joseph.

Pier 33’s showroom will again host a number of key tournament events. Tournament check-in and registration begins at the Pier 33 showroom on Thursday May 5 at 5 PM, with the Captain’s Meeting immediately following at 7 PM.

This year’s Summer Challenge features two divisions, Open and Amateur. The Open division will fish both days and the Amateur division will fish Saturday only, giving fishermen a chance to choose the division that best suits their skills and days.

Scheduled fishing hours for both days are 6:45 AM thru 2 PM, with the weigh-in both days taking place at Pier 33’s West Marina. The tournament concludes with the Awards Dinner and ceremony at Pier 33’s showroom, starting at 4 PM on Saturday May 7.

Schu’s Grill & Bar, located in downtown St. Joseph is the headline sponsor of this year’s tournament and Schu’s will be providing a spectacular prime rib dinner for fishermen during the Awards Dinner on Saturday. In addition, Schu’s will kick-off the tournament with Schu’s Shootout, a special preliminary event to be held Thursday May 5.

The Southwest Michigan Steelheaders is a Chapter of the Michigan Steelhead & Salmon Fisherman’s Association.

Pier 33 hosts this event for the Steelheaders annually. 2015 results included a first-place Amateur division finish by “Just 1 More” (Tim Jacobs), followed by “Biddy Lee” (Kevin McMahon) and “Shore Hugger” (Jim Modigell”). “Titan” (Ryan McCartney), “Phoenix” (Arnie Arredondo) and “Finn Scout” (Joel DeVries) were the top three Open boats. The Summer Challenge paid out nearly $20,000 in cash and prizes, including $5,000 to the top Open boat and $500 to the top Amateur boat.

Pier 33 is a full-service marina located in St. Joseph, Michigan and is a new boat dealer for quality fishing boats from Robalo Boats, as well as family runabouts and performance cruisers from Chaparral.

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