Area duo tops Falls tourney
Whether it’s walleye or bass, Bill Godin has had the champion’s touch this year.
Three months after winning an unprecedented third Emo Walleye Classic with partner Ralph Galusha, the Devlin resident teamed with Kenora’s Dave Lindsay to capture the 10th-annual International Falls Bass Championship on Saturday.
“My regular partner [Galusha] was at his son Scott’s wedding on Saturday,” said Godin in explaining his last-minute pairing with Lindsay, a three-time Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship winner.
“Then I checked with Norm Lindsay but he had a guiding commitment he couldn’t get out of,” Godin noted.
“That’s when I asked Dave.”
The IFBC is a two-day tournament in which half the field fishes on Rainy Lake and the other half on the Rainy River on Day 1.
The teams then switch venues for Day 2.
Godin and Lindsay were in fourth place after hauling 16.46 pounds out of the Rainy River on Friday.
That left them more than a pound-and-a-half shy of Day 1 leaders Rick Jansen of Hibbing and Dan Thorstad of Ray, who had opened the tourney on Rainy Lake.
But none of the top three teams after Day 1 were able to surpass 13 pounds in their river excursions Saturday.
Godin and Lindsay, meanwhile, capitalized with the tournament’s biggest fish (4.79 pounds) and the day’s biggest haul (16.72) while fishing Rainy Lake.
Defending champs Nathan Brigham and Brett Meyers of Emo finished 12th overall (24.10).