A fine day for FIVE species and perch heaven – despite low water!
A Perfect day for paddling, finally, as we set off for the 3rd events in the series, the Hammond River Tournament, in partnership with Hammond River Angling Association. 16 anglers weaved their way through the Hammond and the shore in perfect conditions, with no shortage of yellow perch on the day! Wasting no time, John Cail quickly landed several species early on in the day, finishing with five, including white and yellow perch, catfish, landed a huge shad 18.25” along with the largest target species, a 23 inch chain pickerel to take home the lunker honors on the day as well! Rob Palmer wasn’t too far off with 4 species on the day, and Chris Bingham came back with 3 large species to land in 3rd place on the day, with JC Cormier and Scott Reed rounding out the top five.
HRAA was proud to host a youth division for this tournament as well, and Kelson Hilchie took home first place with 3 different species, a gaspereau, yellow perch and was the only angler on the day to land a trout! Magnus Scott followed with two species of his own in second place, and Caleb Moore caught one bass, but it doubled the size of any other anglers that caught bass on the day!
If you stayed for the award presentation, you were not disappointed – 3 tables full of prizes, from generous sponsors like Streamside, World Fishing Network, OutdoorsNB, Rapala, Lunkerhunt, Subway, Scotty, Canadian Tire, Quispamsis, and the list goes on, combine that with the support of HRAA and conservation officers providing free BBQ for all ~ it doesn’t get much better for a day on the water!
Now with seven registered species – John Cail leapfrog’s Bryan Cawthra for first in the series standings, and after just one tournament Rob Palmer sits in 3rd place!