Big turnout for an­nual fish­ing tour­na­ment

Stanstead Journal - - LENNOXVILLE NEWS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

Pho­tos cour­tesy

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.

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