Lind­say duo takes first prize in Bob­cay­geon fish­ing tour­na­ment

The Lindsay Post - - SPORTS - DAVE FLA­HERTY Lind­say Post Re­porter dave.fla­herty@sun­media.ca

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.

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