The Losers’ Champion!

Andy Yu October 23, 2011 10
After measuring, a pose with the fish!

After measuring, a pose with the fish!

Yeah, it’s been a few weeks since the Tournament of Losers back on October 1… it’s been a busy month!  Our field of almost 10 boats whittled down to 4 boats.  Apparently, the weather was just too intimidating for some!

Our field ended up being:

  • Andy / Andre
  • Mark / Brian
  • Danny / Shawn
  • John

Four boats, 7 brave, dedicated anglers commited to redemption!

For Andre and I, it started out pretty shitty.  I was about 20 minutes late for breakfast.  No big deal but I did have plans to arrive earlier so I could recon on my way to Mark’s cottage.

Then, I broke my trolling motor prop on Mark’s dock as I was coming in.  I called Andre, who was at his camp, only to find out that his boat was partially under water so he was bailing water out.  “Perfect”, I thought, “we can use his trolling motor prop!”  Naturally, it didn’t fit.  And you wouldn’t believe how inoperable a 1-bladed trolling motor is!  What ever fish we did spot on the sonar were definitely spooked by the jack-hammer effect of my Minn Kota!

After a couple of attempts to make the prop fit, we decided to hi-jack Mark’s prop since his boat was in storage!  Perfect fit!

I’ll sum it up with Mark’s quote:

It was a great day to fish,  although the walleye were difficult to land.  Lots of excitement right to the end with Jensen/Millions team landing an 18 incher with 7 minutes left in the tournament and then the Robichaud/Yu team responding by landing a 24 incher  with 2 minutes left in the tournament!  Breakfast and fish fry were excellent!

Trophy will be provided to the winning team (to be brought back next year for the next winning team’s).  We are planning to host an invitational tournament next year with a maximum of 10 boats.  If you are interested, please advise because the first 10 boats in next year’s tournament will likely continue into the future so don’t miss out!

After I lost a HUGE fish, Andre came through with his monster at 2:57.  Three minutes before weigh in!

Yes, you read that right.  Andre and I clinched the win with a last minute hog to capture the tournament’s top spot, biggest fish, AND splitting the prize for smallest fish!

Official results:

  • 1st Place – Robichaud/Yu – 7 Ibs, 1 oz – $400
  • 2nd Place – Jensen/Millions – 4 Ibs, 7 oz
  • 3rd Place – John Lee – 3 Ibs, 5 oz
  • 4th Place – Dupont/Stack – 1 Ib, 15 oz
  •  Big Fish – Robichaud/Yu – 3 Ibs, 13 oz – $100
  • Small Fish – Robichaud/Yu & Dupont/Stack – 2 oz – $30 (split evenly between boats)

It was a great informal event among friends on the local fishing scene!

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  1. avatar
    Dan D October 24, 2011 at 7:15 am -

    Put Shawn and I down for next year and every year after!!
    Had a great time, good laughs and cold fingers but never a problem for a day of fishing!


  2. avatar
    Jeff Vipond October 24, 2011 at 7:30 pm -

    Great show boys!

    Count me and Labine for next years event!

  3. avatar
    Andy October 24, 2011 at 7:47 pm -

    from 0 to hero!
    wtf, vipond and labine at the tournament of losers?
    shall i just hand you guys my money now???

  4. avatar
    Shane Turcotte December 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm -

    Hey Andy, you might have to count me in too next year! Always looking for something to do that time of year. By the way, Timmins Tourney cancelled next year.

  5. avatar
    Dan D December 5, 2011 at 9:04 pm -

    Hey Andy , I guess when the fishing stops so do the stories. I keep checking this site but never see an ything new.


  6. avatar
    Andy December 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm -

    no it’s not, we’re working on something big!

  7. avatar
    Bill Mafturack February 7, 2012 at 3:28 am -

    Hey Andy I’m pretty sure Marc Mayer (Andre’s neighbour at cottage) and I will be available. Please enter us It sounds like fun. Thx Bill

  8. avatar
    Andy February 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm -

    Awesome Bill! Since there’s no Cache Tourney this year, we’ll definitely have to come up with something to fill the void!

    We’re already talkin about it for 2012.

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    bill mafturack March 30, 2012 at 4:51 am -

    Since the warm weather caused the “fishin ITCH” all I been doing is thinking about feeling that slight tug and the squeal of the drag as a big ‘eye decides to head away from the boat !!! &$##^*%* !!! lol

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    Bill mafturack May 28, 2012 at 5:36 am -

    Hey andy maybe we can try and set up some small ” losers” tourney in the next few weeks to fill the hole in our hearts over the cancelation till sept of the matag ??? They should be opening the highway early this week after all this rain .

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