EVART — It’s been a fun summer for Evart outdoorsman Mark Sochocki.

His fishing team and boat, Grey Ghost, won the Friends of Jerry Lee and Ludington Area Charter Boat Association $500 Big Fish Award in the Ruboy Shoot-Out Tournament during the summer.

“This is a one-day tourney that begins the Ludington Offshore Classic and 63 boats competed.” Sochocki said. “The king salmon weighed in at 27.90 pounds and was certified as a master angler fish. We caught it by Little Sable Point Lighthouse on a 5-color lead core line on a rotator with a cut bait rig, commonly referred to as a meat rig.”

Sochocki said it’s first time he’s won the Ludington event.

“This was big for us,” he said. “It was exciting. It was a one-day tournament they have that starts off the whole weekend. There were 62 boats in it. We had our best showing ever in that. We won it by about two pounds. It’s pretty significant when you’re talking fish that big.

“We’ve been doing some salmon fishing and a lot of walleye fishing this year. It was really good.”

Sochocki said he’s been busy planning food plots for deer hunting.

“We’ll be taking some trips to Nebraska for bird hunting and doing some duck hunting and grouse hunting in Michigan,’ he said. “There’s a lot coming up for sure.”