Wikwemikong hosts 4th annual Pike and Bass Classic

Mystery fish prize winner Brian Coyne, centre, for 9.10 pounds of salmon on day one and 12.28 pounds of salmon on day two, flanked by Wikwemikong Tourism Manager Luke Wassegijig and Wikwemikong Tourism Event Coordinator Dustin Peltier. photos by Robin Burridge

WIKWEMIKONG— Wikwemikong Tourism hosted the fourth annual Pike and Bass Classic this past weekend bringing over 80 anglers from across the North to Manitoulin waters.

“Hats off to another great weekend,” said organizer Wikwemikong Tourism Manager Luke Wassegijig during the tournament’s awards banquet. “We had a total of 89 fishermen and have 110 giveaways. I would especially like to thank our students who helped a lot throughout the weekend, as well as our sponsors. Without our sponsors we wouldn’t be able to give away such amazing prizes once again this year. Also our weigh in stations help make this tournament possible at Prairie Point, J & G Marina, Spider Bay Marina and the Providence Bay Marina.”

Herald McGregor was the early bird draw winner, taking home a new laptop donated by Andy’s.  The registration prizes included a barbecue donated by Jake’s Home Centre and a 2016 pass to Rainbow Ridge Golf Course.

In the kids’ division, the $100 cash prizes went to Colin Linder for his 14.87 pounds of fish and Garret Yost for 11.78 pounds of fish.

The largest pike was caught by Dustin McFarlane weighing 18.29 pounds, while the largest bass was caught by Colin Linder at 5.15 pounds.

Mystery fish prize winner Brian Coyne, centre, for 9.10 pounds of salmon on day one and 12.28 pounds of salmon on day two, flanked by Wikwemikong Tourism Manager Luke Wassegijig and  Wikwemikong Tourism Event Coordinator Dustin Peltier.  photos by Robin Burridge
Mystery fish prize winner Brian Coyne, centre, for 9.10 pounds of salmon on day one and 12.28 pounds of salmon on day two, flanked by Wikwemikong Tourism Manager Luke Wassegijig and Wikwemikong Tourism Event Coordinator Dustin Peltier. photos by Robin Burridge

The mystery fish prize went to Brian Coyne for 9.10 pounds of salmon on day one and 12.28 pounds of salmon on day two.

In the pike category first place and the $2,000 cash prize was awarded to Tim Trudeau who caught 45.74 pounds of pike, a total of 141.6 inches. In second was Dustin McFarlane with 43.34 pounds of pike (139 inches) and Mitchell Phillips in third with 28.8 pounds (102 inches).

For bass, first place and another $2,000 cash prize went to Brian Still who caught 25.39 pounds of bass. Second place was presented to Lorne Agawa with 22.45 pounds and third place to Murray McGregor with 17.87 pounds.

“Thanks for another amazing weekend and some great competition,” concluded Mr. Wassegijig.