Monster Quest returns this month

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published June 15, 2015

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — The hunt for the biggest bass in Lake St. Clair will return to the Nine Mile Boat Ramp on June 28 when Monster Quest XII comes to town.


This year’s two-angler team bass tournament will begin with registration at 4:30 a.m. June 28 at the Nine Mile Boat Ramp behind the Chapaton Retention Basin.


Event planner Terry Melvin Sr. said they’re hoping for good weather to draw about 100 boats to the tournament.


The registration fee is $200 per team, plus another $20 for the big bass side pot. Anglers will fish for eight hours and then bring in their five biggest fish, alive.


“There’s going to be a lot of money in there for big bass,” Melvin said.


He said all the money paid in registration fees is given back in prizes to the anglers.

 

“It is a great thing for the city, I think,” said Parks and Recreation Director Greg Esler. “The one thing about the Monster Quest is that they actually give back.”


This is the third year that the tournament has come to the city, and this year, it will raise money for the Dolores Galvan-Williams Veterans Action Center in Davisburg. All money raised from raffle ticket sales will also be donated to the center, Melvin said.


And Esler said having fishing tournaments at the Nine Mile Boat Ramp has brought more people into the area.


“You can go on any day and especially on the weekends, and you can just see the many fishermen coming from all over the country,” he said. “Anytime that you bring people in the community, that’s a great thing. The Nine Mile Boat Ramp is just swamped now.”


Spectators are welcome to come watch the festivities around noon. The first 500 spectators will receive a hot dog, popcorn and lemonade, and there will also be entertainment, including a performance by Mitch Washer, who was seen auditioning for “The Voice.”


“There’s something a little different there for everybody to do,” Melvin said.


Spectators will also receive a raffle ticket to win guide trips donated by some of the participating anglers. Melvin said the anglers will begin arriving back with their catches around 2:30 or 3 p.m.


Melvin said that this is the first year he’s organizing the tournament without his former partner, Ken Neeley, who owned KD Outdoors in Waterford and also helped him run Cash for Bass tournaments. Neeley died in 2014.


“I’m just kind of moving forward and continuing,” Melvin said. “It’s a lot of work.”


For more information, visit www.cashforbasstour.com.

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