Big turnout for annual fishing tournament
TheLake Massawippi Conservation Club’s annual ten-day fishing tournament on Lake Massaswippi started roughly with a windy, cold and snowy first weekend but ended on a high note with some sunny weather for the final two days. “The week was excellent,” said Club president Philip Church who was happy to report that 280 people took part in this year’s tournament, up considerably from last year’s number of 216 participants. “We had a lot of new participants from Sherbrooke and Magog and three new, young people won some of the top prizes,” he added. Asked how some of the old club members felt about the younger competition, he said: “I think they welcome it and they like to see the young people coming up.”
About two hundred fishing enthusiasts descended on the Auberge Ayer’s Cliff on Sunday to hear the announcement of the tournament winners and to win door prizes. “There were so many people it took us about three hours to give out all the door prizes,” said Mr. Church.
This year’s winners for biggest Lake Trout were: 1st Place, Sabastien Gagnon, 12.9 lbs; 2nd, Denis Laprade, 10.7 lbs; and 3rd, Gilles Mercier, 9.94 lbs.
The biggest Brown Trouts were caught by: 1st Place, Michael Plante , 7.89 lbs; 2nd, Eric Plante, 6.08 lbs.; 3rd, Norman Woods, 4.74 lbs.
The biggest Rainbow Trout was caught by Andrew Ghandar and weighed in at 1.76 pounds.
The total number of Lake Trout registered during the tournament was 122; total Brown Trout registered during the tournament was 32; and total Rainbow Trout registered was 2.
Many of the fish that were caught were released back into the lake.
Lake Massawippi Conservation Club president Philip Church awards the first place trophy to
for his 12.9 pound Lake Trout.
Michael Plante received the first place trophy for his 7.89 pound Brown Trout
from Lake Massawippi Conservation Club presi
dent Philip Church.