Wilson Harbor Invitational - May 13th
1 K a Day - May 8th-12th
Salmon Slam - May 8th-12th
After 5 years, and countless hours, the WHI as its affectionately called will undergo change for 2017. Change is a necessary component of every organization to stay competitive, and to offer you the angler the best product possible. While we will continue to offer a high stakes event with no communication we will attempt to become better organized with better opportunity for those participating.
Â· Entry â€“ This season entry fees will increase as will payouts. In an effort to stabilize our payouts the entry will rise to $1500. This will now include the 1 K A Day for each team (to commence the 5 days leading up to the main event) as well as dinner for the first 4 anglers at our banquet. $1300 from each entry will support the final payouts. The salmon slam will continue to follow the 1 K A Day but will require a separate entry of $300.
Over the years our event has been well attended and we generally welcomed all that wanted to participate. We have seen with the addition of new events that teams have gotten more selective on both the number of events they do as well as which events they attend. In an effort to allow for better planning we will be setting some hard deadlines for entry. March 15th will be the last day any team can enter at the $1500 fee. March 16th up to April 15th entry will increase to $1750. Currently there are no provisions for entry after April 15th. Currently we will be limiting entry to a total of 50 boats.
Â· Payouts â€“ The increase in entry will allow us to payback 20% of the field and maintain a $25,000 first place prize. Further any late fees collected (March 16th through April 15th) will payout to the winner on top of the $25,000. The 1 K A Day will continue as usual beginning Monday and commencing on Friday. This event will pay out $1000 per day with carry overs. The Salmon Slam will also run Monday-Friday.
Â· Invitations â€“ Since the inception we have mailed invites to teams who participated in our event. With our set deadlines and limits on entry this method has become a bit archaic. Each year there is a large number of returned invites from the post office. This puts those that have recently changed their address, or live in Canada, at a disadvantage. In an effort to offer everyone the same opportunity in the same time frame we will simply go LIVE on our website. All those that wish to participate will be notified by email and or social media.
All in all, we believe these changes are necessary to provide you the best experience available. We will now be able to offer definitive payouts weeks before the event, allow for a more polished weigh in and dinner experience, and limit last minute changes to a minimum. Financially, the odds will be better with paybacks to 20% and a guaranteed first place of $25,000. Let us not forget the Spring LOC will be running the same week for some added cash.