Now that's the Frankfort I Remember…
Big Kings, big numbers and big cash! The 2020 Benzie Fishing Frenzie had them all as Frankfort looked to re-establish itself as one of the premier events on the circuit. But then perhaps I'm burying the lead here... It should also be highlighted that we actually fished 3 days in a row with no cancellation or delay due to the weather! Anyone that knows the Frenzie knows that alone is a huge accomplishment!
2020 marked the Frenzie's return to its original, late-August slot on the schedule and it got a very enthusiastic welcome in the process. 72 boats were on hand which works out to an increase of 125%! (ok, we hear you loud and clear... no more Frenzies in July!)
The big kings were there too! Now you did have to look around a bit, but that's why they call it fishing instead of catching right? We saw one 30 in the Ladies event, a couple 29's and a few 28's over the weekend. In fact, over 50 of the 72 teams posted at least one 20+ pound King and we weighed over 90 of them in the 333.
Big Kings of course mean big boxes and the Frenzy had its share of those as well. How about a 10 fish limit catch of 197.35 pounds! Team Gray Wolf came through with that on day 1 which of course is a 19.7lb average across 10-fish! Sandpiper III came in right behind that with 10 fish for 182.80. A couple of AM teams even broke the century mark with 5 fish for 112.60 lbs (Last Chance) and 5 fish for 106.2 lbs (Bushwhacker).
All in all the numbers were crazy and it made for an exciting weekend at the Frenzy which included two massive side bets (over $4,000 each day) plenty of bonus cash and prizes and even a fireworks display to accompany the shotgun start on the final day! Congrats to the winners!
As for 2021, why would we change anything? You don’t leave fish to find fish! Actually we will make a couple minor adjustments; a slightly later start time simply for safety purposes, the daily $100 side-bet will be separate for the Pros and AMs in order to make cash available to even more teams and most importantly MORE FIREWORKS! Besides that 2021 will look a lot like 2020 just hopefully less social distancing!
-See You In August,
Capt. Steveo Joslin