It's sort of amazing.
Prior to the 2000 season, the Chicago Angling and Casting Club (formerly, the Lincoln Park Casting Club) was inactive for many years. A few dedicated casters got together and re-activated the club. It would be a shame, they reasoned, for a club that traces its birth to 1892 should cease to exist.
The CACC held a couple of state tournaments and then hosted the 94th ACA National Casting Championships last summer! Six months later it unveiled the 2003 ACA National Indoor Casting Tournament. It was the first national indoor casting championship in many, many years.
The 7th Indoor National Casting Tournament was held at Chicago's McCormick Place, January 4 and 5, 2003, and was sponsored by the Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show, National Marine Manufacturers Association, CACC and the American Casting Association.
lack of sufficient notice (this brainchild was hatched in the fall) competitors
came from Washington, California, Canada and many places in between.
that Jennifer Falk, the efficient manager of the Chicago Boat, RV and
Outdoors Show, promised was provided and accomplished. The 120-ft. pool
was fantastic and the audio system, ably handled by Phil Seroczynski,
informed the audience of impending events and what tournament casting
was all about. The bleachers on each side of the pool were a very nice
touch, providing an excellent place for casters and the audience to rest
and observe, although most of the time, standing spectators lined both
sides of the pool for an even better view.
There were many fine moments in this two-day tournament, but perhaps the most dramatic segment was in the Men's Dry-Fly Accuracy event.
of Washington shot a perfect score. But so did Henry Mittel of California.
Steve shot a 99.
So did Henry.
almost hear the proverbial pin drop, as silence prevailed...much like
during a crucial putt at a major golf event. Even flash cameras were put
Suddenly there is cheering. There is clapping. The people sitting on the bleachers are giving the two casters a standing ovation.
Yes, the applause and cheers are for Rajeff, but they are just as much for Henry, for we all witnessed the thrill of victory, and there was no agony in defeat. -Jim C. Chapralis
For a list of the 7th National Indoor Casting Championship winners in the various divisions and events click here.*
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