Heavy haul­ing

Jour­nal Pi­o­neer Lob­ster Trap Stack­ing com­pe­ti­tion draws 13 par­tic­i­pants for $1,500 in prizes

Journal Pioneer - - FRONT PAGE - BY MILLICENT MCKAY Millicent.mckay@jour­nalpioneer.com

With legs buck­ling and sweat drip­ping, Nick Reilly grabs an­other 110pound, ce­ment-weighted lob­ster trap and be­gins to jog. From the side­lines his lit­tle girls cheer, “I be­lieve in you! You can do this! Use your mus­cles!” And use his mus­cles he did, go­ing on to win the $1,000 cash top prize at the Jour­nal Pi­o­neer Lob­ster Trap Stack­ing com­pe­ti­tion Thurs­day, on open­ing day of this year’s Sum­mer­side Lob­ster Car­ni­val.

With legs buck­ling and sweat drip­ping, Nick Reilly grabs an­other 110-pound, ce­ment-weighted lob­ster trap and be­gins to jog. From the side­lines his lit­tle girls cheer, “I be­lieve in you! You can do this! Use your mus­cles!” And use his mus­cles he did, go­ing on to win the $1,000 cash top prize at the Jour­nal Pi­o­neer Lob­ster Trap Stack­ing com­pe­ti­tion Thurs­day, on open­ing day of this year’s Sum­mer­side Lob­ster Car­ni­val. “I don’t know how to ex­plain how I feel. Oh, my legs,” said the out-of-breath Howard’s Cove fish­er­man, sit­ting on the nearby bleach­ers with his fam­ily af­ter the event. Reilly was one of 13 par­tic­i­pants in the com­pe­ti­tion. “I’d never been to the car­ni­val be­fore. And af­ter learn­ing about the (trap stack­ing) com­pe­ti­tion, I thought I’d give it a shot. I didn’t think I would win af­ter watch­ing the other con­tes­tants.” Reilly was the final competitor, fin­ish­ing with a time of 2:34:59. “I’d for sure com­pete again.” The con­test was open to all pro­fes­sional lob­ster fish­er­men in Prince Ed­ward Is­land. Noah Man­ning of For­tune Har­bour was the first par­tic­i­pant to haul the 15 traps 30 feet across the hot asphalt park­ing lot at the fair­grounds on a sunny sum­mer evening out­side Credit Union Place. Once the par­tic­i­pants were fin­ished mov­ing and stack­ing the traps, a panel of three judges – fel­low lob­ster fish­er­men, would base the scores on over­all time and neat­ness of the stack. Man­ning set the mark with an open­ing run of 2:45:84. His time held un­til near the end of the event.

“I thought it was a neat com­pe­ti­tion,” ex­plained Man­ning. “And then when I heard that cash was up for grabs, I knew I was go­ing to en­ter.” Man­ning’s fa­ther, Lay­ton Man­ning, also tried his hand at mov­ing the traps.

“I en­tered be­cause Stephen MacPhee [a fel­low con­tes­tant] en­tered. I’m about seven years older than him. I’m 50 years old. I didn’t know if I would fin­ish it,” ex­plained the el­der Man­ning. Noah added, “It was def­i­nitely fun to watch my dad com­pete.” Noah claimed the third prize of $200, while French River fish­er­man Calvin McRae claimed se­cond prize of $300 with a time of 2:35:97. With a large crowd on hand, the event was deemed a suc­cess and ex­cit­ing with less than two sec­onds sep­a­rat­ing first and se­cond place. “It was a great event,” said Jour­nal Pi­o­neer man­ag­ing ed­i­tor Brad Works, who was on hand to present the prizes on be­half of the news­pa­per. “I don’t think most peo­ple re­al­ize just how tough fishing is, and while this com­pe­ti­tion is not like be­ing on the boat, each of these com­peti­tors just moved 1,650 pounds 30 feet across a park­ing lot in less than five min­utes. “The top three did it in less than three min­utes. It was fan­tas­tic to watch.”

MILLICENT MCKAY/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Stephen MacPhee, a lob­ster fish­er­man from North Lake, hauls a lob­ster trap dur­ing the Jour­nal Pi­o­neer Lob­ster Trap Stack­ing com­pe­ti­tion part of the 2018 Sum­mer­side Lob­ster Car­ni­val.

MILLICENT MCKAY/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Man­ag­ing ed­i­tor of the Jour­nal Pi­o­neer Brad Works, left, hands $1,000 cash to the first-prize win­ner of the Jour­nal Pi­o­neer Lob­ster Trap Stack­ing com­pe­ti­tion, Nick Reilly, a Howard’s Cove fish­er­man.

MILLICENT MCKAY/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Calvin McRae, who fin­ished in se­cond place, raises his hands sig­nal­ing the com­ple­tion of mov­ing 15 weighted lob­ster traps 30 feet dur­ing the Jour­nal Pi­o­neer Lob­ster Trap Stack­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

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