A little local knowledge went a long way at the Sturgeon Falls Rod and Gun Club’s 34th annual Pike Tournament, held Saturday on Lake Nipissing’s Cache Bay.
A local team of Sturgeon Falls anglers Richard Trottier and Larry Masales beat out 206 other teams to win $12,000 cash after measuring in an impressive five-pike limit that totalled 408.2 cm, which includes the 10 cm bonus for each live released fish.Second place and a prize package worth $7,500 went to Brian Milne and Chris Anderson with a score of 400.8, while third place and a $4,000 prize package went to Mike Lacroix and Gerald Judd. The big fish of the day, worth more than $4,000, measured in at just more than 36 inches long and was caught by a 14-year-old boy.
“It was an excellent tournament, there was just shy of 900 fish measured, so most people measured out, so it was better that way than the last few years,” tournament director Eric Savage said. “Nearly every team measured their five fish, and I can’t think of any other tournament where that happens, especially with a minimum of 20 inches, and it was very exciting to see the big fish caught by a young gentleman, and the tournament is going strong.
“Cache Bay is one heck of a fishery,” he added. “There’s not many tournaments that can say everyone caught their limit.”