Woohoo! Look what Craig and Tory won
Mattagami First Nation kicked off the tournament season with its 15th annual Spring Walleye Tournament this past weekend.
With 95 boats registered, the anglers were champing at the bit for their chance at winning the $8,000 first prize.
Craig Salmonson and Tory Garneau, of Timmins, were looking at repeating their win from last season.
Anglers woke to a beautiful Saturday morning and at the end of Day 1, weigh-ins saw Jamie Robinson & Terry Bernath holding top spot with a slim lead over Craig and Tory with Russ Smith & Dean Bliss breathing down the top two teams’ necks.
On Day 2, the anglers woke to a major weather change with a drop of temperature from Saturday and rain for about an hour in the morning.
At the end of the day, I had the opportunity to talk with some of the anglers while waiting on the final results to be posted.
While talking with Russ Smith and Dean Bliss, Dean said to me that it was a lot of fun to be in such a tight race for first place.
Matt Guacci & Denis Perrier were telling me about their double header of a five- and seven-pounder caught at the same time which gave them a great bag of 15.89 pounds of walleye for their Day 2 weight.
When Day 2 weights were posted, the anglers saw a flip-flop of the Top 3 team places from Saturday with Lund Pro Craig Salmonson and Tory Garneau capturing their fourth win at the Mattagami First Nation Annual Spring Walleye Tournament.
The Top Ten are as follows:
1. Craig Salmonson & Tory Garneu 29.58 LBS
2. Russ Smith & Dean Bliss 28.12lbs
3. Jamie Robinson & Terry Bernath 25.29lbs
4. Sebastien Lizotte & Jonathon Morin 24.31lbs
5. Rock Bouchard & Cohen Courchesne 24.24 lbs
6. Matt Guacci & Denis Perrier 22.88lbs
7. Brian Million & Rob Huff 22.28lbs
8. Yves Boissoneault & Tim Caron 21.30lbs
9. Dany Hein & DJ Germain 21.29lbs
10. Jody Villeneuve & Chad Vis 19.49
Before the awards ceremony start, I looked over and saw Mark and his son Noah Basarba standing there and I just had to go say hello to the both of them.
You see, last fall I had the opportunity to spend the day with both Mark and Noah which saw Noah schooling both Mark and I with several nice walleye and a giant pike that was a true brute.
I asked them how they did and Mark replied “not so good this time.”
I said to Noah “Well, you’ll get them next tournament,” and he nodded ‘Oh yeah.’
Noah knows what it’s like to win a tournament and not do so well in one.
That’s tournament fishing, as there is always the next one to look forward to.
It was also nice to see seasoned tournament angler and Wannabe Fisherman Pro Rock Bouchard introducing 15-year-old Cohen Courchesne to tournament fishing.
With their fifth-place finish in the tournament, I’m sure it’s now safe say that Cohen has been officially bitten by the tournament bug.
This year, the big fish prize was changed to the top three biggest walleye for Day 1 and then the top three biggest walleye for Day 2.
In prior years, the award was only for the biggest walleye for Day 1 and then the biggest walleye for Day 2.
This now allows four other teams a chance at cashing a cheque in the tournament..
Day 1 Top Three Biggest Walleye were:
1. Team 61 Rob Huff & Brian Millions 6.85 lbs
2. Team 21 Marc Poirier & Matt Brown 6.17 lbs
3. Team 64 Dan Woito & Eve Lamothe 5.72 lbs
Big Fish Day 2:
1. Team 36 Russ Smith & Dean Bliss 7.19 lbs
2. Team 12 Matt Guacci & Denis Perrier 6.91 lbs
3. Luc Dion & Denis Dion 6.61 lbs
I would like to thank the ladies at Mattagami First Nation for running another great Walleye Tournament and if you haven’t had a chance to fish one of their events yet, you can register for their Fall Walleye Classic that will be held on September 6 and 7.
Hope to see you there.
If you’re interested in fishing a tournament this month, the next tournament will be held on June 14-15 in Dubreuilville, Ont.
For more information on the tournament please visit http://www.dfdwd.com/.
Then on June 21 and 22, Geraldton, Ont. will be holding their annual walleye tournament.
For more information on the tournament please visit www.geraldtonwalleyeclassic.ca
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Original story at www.timminstoday.com by David ReidPrint This Post