‘Castin’ For Cash’ a great success

Bill Godin sounded relaxed over the phone as he reflected on this past weekend’s “Castin’ For Cash” live release bass tournament.
Godin, who along with his wife, Nellie, organized and ran the sixth-annual event at the Lake Despair Lodge, was extremely happy with the results of weeks of hard work and planning.
“Overall, it was a great weekend,” he said.
“The weather was very good. It was a little windy, which might have affected them (the anglers) a little bit, but it went very well.”
Sixty teams competed in the two-day tournament for $16,400 worth of cash and prizes.
Winnipeg-based anglers Terry McClymont and Jaret Horbaiuk took home the top prize of $5,000 for their two-day combined weight of 24.86 pounds.
While McClymont and Horbaiuk excelled, there was a good portion of the field who struggled to find bass in Lake Despair.
Thirteen teams were skunked on Day Two of the competition and five teams were shut out entirely over the course of the weekend.
Godin acknowledged the lake can pose some difficult challenges for people who are not familiar with her waters.
“I think it’s basically that it’s a little bit different fishing in that lake,” he said.
“It’s a little tougher fishing. There’s only so many real good spots out there and if they don’t find them and get on them it can be tough.”
Despite the tough luck results for some of the teams, it did not take away from the party atmosphere surrounding the tournament.
Saturday night’s fish fry and live musical performance by local band, Crisis, were both popular events.
“We had a good turnout Saturday night for the dance,” Godin said.
The family-oriented entertainment is part of what sets “Castin’ For Cash” apart from many of the other tournaments in the area.
The Godins encourage people who wouldn’t normally participate in a fishing tournament to get out on the lake by offering cash prizes in categories such as the top male and female team and the top team with an angler under 15 years-old.
“It’s good fishing and fun,” Godin said. “We enjoy having the guys and families out there. There were (approximately) 12 adults fishing with children and four or five husband and wife teams.”
Another secret to the success of this year’s tournament was the work of its many volunteers without whom an event such as this would not be possible.
“The volunteers were excellent,” Godin said.
“It was probably the most volunteers we’ve ever had out there.”
With another successful “Castin’ For Cash” tournament now in the books, the only question remaining to be asked is what is next on the agenda for Godin?
“I’m going to take a break for a bit here,” he said. “I’m just beat. I was in bed at 9 o’clock last night (Monday), both of us were.”
Godin won’t be resting for too long, though, as he prepares to fish in the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship later this month.
“The pressure’s on. We were second in it last year, and it’d be nice to stay at the top somewhere.”