2019 DPC

We're very excited to announce the 2019 Ditch Pickle Classic "Catch-Photo-Release" Fly Fishing Tournament on Lake Champlain!

The 2019 DPC based out of Swanton, Vermont will be held on June 22nd-23rd on beautiful Lake Champlain.  The DPC is open to anglers of all ages and skill levels.

Kemener Whalen won top indy angler and paddler as well as top team with his teammate Matt Cain (not pictured). Congrats to team "Swamp Bass" on their 2018 win!
You don't need a big fancy bass boat to fish the DPC either! Kayaks, canoes and motor boats are all permitted. The DPC is a team event and we make every effort to pair people up with team mates and fill empty seats in boats. 
Each team will have 1-3 anglers and, if you want to be a 1-man team, you will be responsible for the team entry fee of $100. If you are your own 1-man team, you must still have a co-rider to assist with photographic documentation of your catch! We're allowing more than 1 team to fish from a boat as long as it's within reason.
Spectators may ride along or pilot a boat for a team.

Don't be scared off if you don't have a boat! If you have a strong desire to fish in the DPC but have any apprehension what-so-ever, please send us an email to DitchPickleClassic@gmail.com and we'll do whatever we can to make it happen for you! The sooner we hear from you, the sooner we can get you set up!

2019 Prize Categories...

- 1st Place Team
- 2nd Place Team
- 3rd Place Team
Adin Girard took home Top Jr. Angler in 2018!

- 1st Place Individual
- 2nd Place Individual
- 3rd Place Individual

- 1st Place Paddler
- 2nd Place Paddler
- 3rd Place Paddler

- 1st Place Junior Angler (under 18)

- Jr. Rock Bass Award

- Largest Northern Pike

- Best Exotic Fish (Bowfin, Gar, Carp)

- Dink Award (Smallest Bass)

- Breakdown Award (it happens every year!)

*Big Pickle (Largest Bass / Largemouth or  Smallmouth)
* Seperate $ Pool

Tournament Weekend... 

Check in...
On Saturday the 22nd, we will have our check-in at the Headquarters for the Missisquoi Wildlife Refuge on Tabor Road. Click HERE for directions and info about the site.
Checking in at the refuge headquarters (2015)
We will be open for check-in as of 8:30am on the 22nd
Check-in hours = 8:30 - 10am
Lines in @ 11am!!

We encourage all competitors to arrive early for check-in!

The headquarters has plenty of parking for boats/trailers, and it is very close to our designated launch at the Larry Greene Access.

The Larry Greene Access is located on Rte. 78 and directions can be found HERE.

Every angler must check-in and sign a waiver prior to launching!

Awards BBQ...
We will hold the post-tournament BBQ on Sunday 6/23 at the Lakewood Farm on Lakewood Road. Lakewood Rd. is directly across the street from the Larry Greene Access (see the map below.)  The official tournament "Weigh-in/Awards Ceremony" will take place during the BBQ, so all entrants and spectators are strongly encouraged to attend regardless of how you did in the tournament!  There is no charge to attend the BBQ and we'll do our best to make sure you don't leave hungry! 


The Goods... 

This year the DPC is excited to once again team up with Predator Fly Gear to supply our custom 2019 DPC shirts to our competitors!

PFG is a Vermont based company featuring the amazing artwork of Nick Mayer on Slick looking high performance fishing shirts.

We're also supplying each team with a captain's bag, filled with an assortment of products from the many other generous sponsors of the Ditch Pickle Classic! 


The DPC Experience...

The Pickle has become a highlight of the season for many.  We expanded the event to a 2-day format to make room for more quality fishing and more time hangin' with buddies, soaking in the Lake Champlain vibes.  Take the DPC too seriously and you might miss the point, which is to have fun.  Don't come the the DPC for the win...come for the experience.

Here's a list of folks that are down for the 2019 experience... 


2019 Team Listings...Check Back Frequently!...

#1. Basking in the Sun
Steve Soule
Brian Lang

#2. Kind of a Big Dilly Dilly
Dillon Brooker
Dan Russel

#3. Bass to Mouth
Dan Romanelli
Zack Griswold

#4. Meat Chuckers
Greg Brown
Sean Martin

#5. Fish Tank
David Girard
Adin Girard

#6. Casting Covey's
Marc Covey
Caleb Covey

#7. Big Poppa Dill & My Lil Gherkin
John Dziedic
Maya Dziedic

#8. The Boat Potatoes
Bruce Staples
Eddie Staples

#9. Keepin' It Reel
Blake Elliot
Josh Robinson

#10. Bad Monkey
Jay Modry
Matt Dickstein

#11. Castaways
Brian Zinger
John Synnott

#12. 802 Bass
Chris Lynch
Noah Lynch
Quinn Lynch

#13. Your Flies Down
John Derr
Joseph Derr
Jim Peluso

#14. Fishin' Impossible
Ryan Fitzgerald
Chalaun Blanchard

#15. Two Old Asses Catching Basses
Michael Peluso
David Carpenter

#16. Champlain Valley Strippers and Hookers
Reed Atkinson
Patrick Sharrow

#17. Free Piercings
Michael Hill
Chris Bernier

#18. Team AJ
Jay Seals
Andrew Fraser

#19. Dirk Pickler
Tony Lewis
Kevin Walsh

#20. Oh My God Becky, Look At That Bass
Jon Lindeburg
Dave Underwood

#21. Sotaly Tober
Jackson Morse
Eric Traverse

#22. (DTF) Down To Fish & Open to Bass Play
John Bond
Brandon Weaver

#23. Gyros & Perogies
James Kontos
Jeff Dybinski

#24. High on Bass Salts
Beth Grady
Ryan Beaulieu

#25. Bass Treachery
John Cooper
Jeff Faulkner

#26. Bassachusetts
Jay Alward
TJ Waidlich

#27. Green Mtn. Bassfitters
Mike Kontos
Calvin Kontos

#28. Swamp Bass
Matt Cain
Kemener Whalen

#29. ADK Brothers
Evan Dickinson
Nathan Dickinson

#30. Shaw's Law
Jared Shaw
Tim Shaw
Tory Barbagallo

#31. Go Bass or Go Home
Steve Stanley
Johnathan Debano

#32. SunBurnt Hookers
Jeff Heney
Tom Carton

#33. White Mtn. Boys
CJ Freeman
Jonathan Zukowski

#34. EZ Hookers
Tim Birmingham
Scott Edwards

#35. Too Many Bass? We Can Pickle That!
Sean Dickey

#36. The Eh Team
Jeremy Levit
Jermey Harmon

#38. Bass't Budz
Kevin Ramirez
John Abair

#39. Bassta Fagioli
Lorenzo LaBrusciano
Michael Membrino

#40. Forged Fly
Matt Hart
Bill Sylvester

#41. Dad Take me Fishing
Chad Johnson
Chris Samson 

#42. Record Rock Bass
Brenden Barden
Finn Barden
Shawn Ricker

#43. Basscar
Tom Getz
Bob Muncil

#44. S.S. Minnow
Nate Scott
Matt Rogerson

#45. Dahlberg Delinquents
David Stanilonis
Tim Davis

#46.  Cheerful Charlie
Matt Rackliff
Henry Rackcliff

#47. Bass Badge Plus
Ben Wilcox
Michael Woulf

#48. Lay Down Sally
Erik Hurley
John Hurley

#49.  Youth and Beauty
Max Hogg
Zach Rabideau

#50. Hold My Root Beer
Jacob Tripp
Henry Dowhan

#51. Bass Street Boys
Sean Sorrell
Evan Potter

#52. Paradise
Corey Barrows
Jow White

#53.  Shameless Bass Eaters
Nick Chiarelli
Brendan Lanoue

#54. Show Me Your Bass
Kris Danaher
Cody Janssen

#55. Old Dirty Basstards
Brendan Hare
Dana Evans

#56. Pike Bum
Brian Cadoret