‘Castin’ for Cash’ goes this weekend on Despair

The sixth-annual “Castin’ for Cash” live release bass tournament is slated for this Friday and Saturday (July 7-8) on Lake Despair north of Devlin.
Sixty teams will compete in the hopes of netting the heaviest two-day total weight—and the $5,000 cheque awarded to the first-place team.
Tournament organizer Bill Godin believes there could be some excellent results posted in this year’s event.
“I think if we have stable weather, we’ll have fairly good weights,” Godin said.
“I think the biggest [total] weight we’ve had in previous years was 26 pounds something, and I’m anticipating it’ll be around there again.”
Last year’s champions, Wayne Howard and Jason Cain, are back looking to defend their title.
The pair took home the “Castin’ for Cast” trophy last July with a two-day total weight of 24.82 pounds, narrowly edging out Mark Wilson and Glenn Ward (24.38 pounds).
Godin believes the champs once again are the team to beat.
“The defending champ [Wayne Howard], he fishes out here lots so he’s going to be right there always,” Godin remarked. “There are lots of good teams out there, though.”
The top 15 teams in this year’s field will receive cash prizes.
In addition to the top prize of $5,000, second place will receive $2,500, third gets $1,500, fourth earns $1,000, while fifth and sixth receive $500 each.
The seventh- through 15th-place teams each will have their entry fee of $400 returned to them.
A $500 prize also will be awarded for the big fish on both days of the tournament.
While each of the teams participating in the tournament will be gunning for top spot, “Castin’ for Cash” differs somewhat from other tournaments in the district due to its fun-for-the-whole-family approach.
Tournament organizers are offering several unique prizes to encourage participation by people who wouldn’t normally compete in a fishing tournament.
Among the $16,400 in cash and prizes being awarded at the tournament are $400 prizes for the top male and female team, as well as the top team with an angler under 15 years old.
“We like to see the guys fishing with the kids and with their wives,” Godin said. “It’s more of a fun tournament.
“That’s why we keep the entry fees down,” he explained.
“Instead of paying the top 10 and making it [the top prize] $10,000, we make it $5,000,” added Godin. “It’s not as big of a payout, but you get more teams involved.”
The weigh-ins start at 4 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.
In addition to the fishing, several other events are planned for the weekend at Lake Despair Lodge, including a fish fry on Saturday night.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children.
The local band “Crisis” also will be on hand to perform Saturday from 8 p.m.-midnight.
“Castin’ for Cash” even is offering a shuttle service to and from both Fort Frances and Emo this year.
Anyone interested in the service is asked to contact Godin at 486-0532 to make a reservation prior to the event.