With the 13th-annual “Castin’ for Cash” bass tournament set for this Friday and Saturday, organizer Bill Godin is getting ready for what promises to be a competitive two-day showdown.
“After having this event for so long, everything kind of falls into place,” noted Godin, who owns and operates Lake Despair Lodge with his wife, Nellie.
“All of the volunteers know what to do and it pretty much goes smoothly now.
“We just hope for the best when it comes to the weather as that is the biggest thing for us,” he added.
Due to the Canada Day weekend, a number of the teams already have made it up to Lake Despair Lodge to get ready for the start of the tournament, which Godin feels should make things very competitive.
“We had a few guys here already, but with the way that the long weekend was this year, [we] have seen a lot more guys come up here and stay all week,” he noted.
“The water is high and from what I have seen, the bass have mostly done spawning now, so it should be a good tournament.
“Those that have been here already have been catching fish, and I think you should see some good numbers as we seem to be getting better every year when it comes to the total weights,” Godin said.
As of press time, a total of 55 teams were entered in this year’s tournament, with defending champs Wayne and Pat Howard returning to try and win a third-straight title.
“We will take teams up until we get our maximum of 65 teams, but we base everything around 55 teams,” Godin explained.
That base number of teams is easy to fill year after year for the tournament as many anglers seem to enjoy the more relaxed pace the two-day affair features compared to the bigger events in Northwestern Ontario.
“I think that is one of the reasons why it has been successful,” Godin said.
“It’s more of a fun tournament and one that is more affordable, so you see a lot of the guys fishing with their wives or with their kids,” he noted.
“And we also seem to get new entries ever year, which is nice to see.”
The public is invited to attend the weigh-ins on both days of the tournament, which are scheduled to get underway at 4 p.m.
“There will be refreshments on-site again, as well,” said Godin.
“And Warren Anderson will be playing music on Saturday night.”
Those looking for more information on the tournament can contact Bill or Nellie at Lake Despair Lodge (486-0532).