2011 The Cache Tournament Results

Lonny September 12, 2011 6

Well, what a weekend to say the least.  I think everyone staying at the Robichaud Roundabout were thoroughly exhausted by the end of the weekend.  The weather was excellent all weekend long, and I sport a nickname with lobster reference to prove it.  We played some washers on Saturday night with a steak and fries and some of our Friday walleye to add to the feast.

I bet you’ve noticed I haven’t mentioned our results at this point.  Well that was kind of purposely.  It’s not that we did that bad, it just that we had hoped to improve on our finish from last year.  That being said, we left everything on the lake on this weekend tournament.  And judging from comments of others, many anglers shared the frustration.

Lonny's prefish 19"

We marked many fish this weekend, including what appeared to be some very large ones and we passed over them with just about every lure or combination of live bait and presentation imaginable and nothing.  Well nothing being only fish in the 12 inch and under range.  Hardly helpful in tournament fishing.

Perhaps we jinxed ourselves by fishing on Friday (a taboo for many tournament fishermen) and catching 6.5 lbs. of walleye (confirmed by handheld Berkley scale – Thanks Steph).  Maybe we should have saved those fish for Day 1 of the tournament.

The World's Smallest Walleye

Day 1 of the tournament started foggy with a relative cool temperature.  It was soon replaced by a bright sunny day.  We were spotting fish all around us but unfortunately we couldn’t trigger a bite.  There were small, medium and large arches marked on all our fish finders but alas they weren’t on our lines.  We visited many locations with an all to familiar outcome.  We finished the day with 6 fish in the live well and many other similar sized fish thrown back in the lake and a total weight of 3.31 lbs. of fish.

Day 2 started out with a little more wind and a nice walleye chop on the water.  We expected it to turn out different.  We started out marking large walleye right off the bat.  We even had a moment of extreme heart pounding action due to the unnatural fight from a large (6-7 lbs.) pike.  But at the end of the day the results were much the same.  Too many fish to count, 6 in the live well with a total weight of 3.92 lbs.

Our overall catch of 7.23 lbs. will place us somewhere near 60th place for the tournament.  Overall not a bad finish, but when you dream of the podium, it fell far short of the dream.  But that is the neat thing about dreams and about wannabe fisherman.  Maybe one day we will net that big one or finish on the podium until then we will wannabe and we will keep dreaming.

I’d like to thank the great folks at The Cache for an excellent tournament and I realize how many people it takes to put something like this together.  So thank you to all the volunteers.  We sincerely hope you decide to do it again next year.

We got lured, you can too.

For full tournament result see the leaderboard below.

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    mae beauvais September 12, 2011 at 5:35 pm -

    had a great weekend..Thanks Denis and Michelle. Great job.Hope to do it all again next year.

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    John September 12, 2011 at 6:32 pm -

    It was a very tough bight on Sunday. We ended up weighing in two small (10″?) fish.

    We learn something every year to make us better, but it seems everyone else does too, leaving us rank the same year after year.

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    John September 12, 2011 at 6:33 pm -


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    Andy September 12, 2011 at 7:14 pm -

    There was a tournament this weekend?

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    Paul September 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm -

    Lonny and Andy,

    I share your disappointment, we finished 40th overall but a long way to get to the top. Keep plugging away and one day we will meet on the podium.

    keep the articles comming during the winter months. They will motivate us for Mattagami in June.



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    Andy September 14, 2011 at 3:19 pm -

    Mattagami is a looong ways to go! Regardless, NOWT and all the venues put on great events. Hard to believe how fun it is to not catch fish all day.

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