It is the biggest northern pike tournament in Northern Ontario and one of the biggest in the province, and fittingly offers a prize package in line with the numbers.
The Sturgeon Falls Rod and Gun Club’s annual tournament on Lake Nipissing’s Cache Bay draws pike anglers from across the North and elsewhere to battle it out for more than $50,000 in prizes, including $12,000 cash for the first-place team.
Tournament director Eric Savage expects the event to be full with 200 boats by the time the event rolls around next Saturday.
“This is going to be our 34th annual tournament, and for tourism for our community, this is one of our biggest events,” he said. “It’s also crucial for the club. The rod and gun club was founded 36 years ago and the tournament has been our largest fundraiser and has allowed us to run many programs in our community, like restocking for example, and it helps for conservation in our area and helps cover day-to-day operations.
“It enables us to do quite a bit in the area, which is key, and it is one of the longest-running tournaments in Ontario with 200 teams competing every year.”