Wednesday, July 2, 2014

It Just Keeps Getting Better

2014 DPC Champ, John Cooper (Team Imbassiles), posing with the 19.75" smallmouth that won him the Big Pickle Pool
I can't believe after all the planning, stress and finger-crossing, the 2014 DPC is finally in the history books.  This year's event was bigger and better than ever, with 115 anglers spread among 51 teams competing for over $6,000 in cash and prizes!  
Roland cranking out the grillables

It's crazy to think how far we've come since our first Pickle back in 2010!  For many of us, the DPC is like a major holiday that we count the days to.  This year's event drew anglers from as far away as South Carolina and others that came from different points around New England to take part in one of the best weekends of the year!  
The DPC is a competition, but it hardly feels like one.  We really like to think of it as a "FunRaiser" that gets great people together for great fishing adventures.  The weekend always produces some incredible stories, great photos and some serious laughs.  
Jeff Dybinski of "Gyros & Perogies" puttin' one in the boat
Everyone that takes part in the Pickle should be proud of themselves for showing the competitive angling world that you don't need displace hundreds of fish in order to hold a successful tournament.  At the DPC, all fish caught are measured, photographed and released in the same spot they were caught.  That equates to close to zero fish mortality, happier fish and better fishing.  The Ditch Pickle Classic sets the stage for the future of ethical competitive angling and we are always working on ideas for further improving this already amazing event.
We couldn't pull this thing off without our amazing sponsors that have recognized the value in supporting this unique event.  Be sure to show your support to those that support the Pickle.  Show the love to Applegate Farms, Jackson Kayaks, Escape Studios, Rock River Rods, Green Mountain Troutfitters, Werner Paddles, The Alchemist Brewery, Orvis, Deer Creek, Redington, Whistle Pig Whiskey, Super Fly, Bending Branches, Tunaskin, Cheeky, Howler Bros, Mountain Khakis, Stream & Brook Fly Fishing, Vermont Fly Guys, Vermont Trout Waters, Amber Ridge Maple & Berkshire Outfitters.
Chris Gagne from "Bassholes" rockin' his new custom DPC Tunaskin
This year we wanted everyone to have plenty to eat, so we rallied the help of my wife Denise and Mike's wife Antonia to make food for the BBQ.  These girls went above and beyond, making everything from scratch, and plenty of it!  Combine that with our man Roland on the grill and you had a killer combination for stuffing your faces!
We also put more planning into our computer scoring this year and I think it really showed.  Thanks to Dave Underwood, Andy White and Brendan Hare for absolutely killing it on the tech side of things!
We'd like to see this event continue to grow and we will work very hard to keep it running seamlessly.  As always, send us your comments HERE if you'd like to give feedback or complain about something you didn't like.
Mark your calendars for June 27th - 28th, 2015!

See you on the water---------------------------------<"(((((><

                                                                                     Pickle Crew,

 Chris Lynch, Brendan Hare, Mike Kontos, Brian Price

Feeding the masses



2014 Winners Circle

1st Place Team = Imbassiles (Jeff Faulkner/John Cooper)
2nd Place team = Madame Oars Gentleman (Jamie Lament/Carter Glass)
3rd Place Team = Basscar (Brendan Hare/Tom Getz/Matt Cain)
1st Place Angler = John Cooper
2nd Place Angler = Jeff Faulkner
3rd Place Angler = Tom Getz
Largest Bass = John Cooper (19.75" Smallie)
Smallest Bass = Reed Kennedy (3" smallie)
Paddle Division = Lorenzo LaBrusciano
Biggest Northern Pike = Ken Capsey (36" Northern)
Best Exotic Fish = Kevin Favreau (30" Musky)

See you in 2015!

We're growing fast!....