Lindsay duo takes first prize in Bobcaygeon fishing tournament
Two City of Kawartha Lakes residents came out on top at the 34th annual Canada-US Walleye Tournament held recently in Bobcaygeon.
Doug Coombs of Lindsay and Bob Hayford of Omemee took first place with 10 fish for a combined weight of 22.680 pounds.
Coombs who has participated in the tournament many times before, said he has finished third and second, but this is his first year of taking top prize.
"I've been fishing in tournaments for over 25 years," Coombs said. "It's nice to win this one."
Coombs said he and Hayford have been fishing as a team for about five years.
Coombs praised the tourney organizers.
"They have done one hell of a job. It's been run as smoothly as possible," he said.
The duo had a dominant Sunday during the tournament, catching six fish for a total weight of 13.550 pounds.
"The weather on Saturday was horrendous. Everybody had a tough time," Coombs said.
Finishing second behind Coombs and Hayword were the team of Pat O' Connor and Bernard Balian with 12 fish for a total weight of 21.390 pounds, third was Dan Risorto and Mike Allen with 12 at 18.795 pounds, fourth Bob Tucker and Kelly Tucker with 10 for 18.425 pounds and fifth was Steven Jenkins and Josh Westerink with 12 for 17.540 pounds
Expanding on his praise for the tournament, he said he amazed at the number of sponsors they brought in and the prize money (he and Hayford received $10,000 for first prize).
Coombs said he would definitely be back next year to defend their title.
"We are looking forward to it," he said.
In a press release sent out by organizers, director Tom Hunt said they had 125 teams in the tournament, handing out $67,000 in prizes.
"Estimates are we had an economic impact of approximately $150,000 to the local economies," Hunt said.
Hunt added there were already more than 50 teams pre- registered for the 2014 tournament.