Morson derby draws crowd

The weather was perfect and the fish were biting at the 11th-annual Morson Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday.
People from across the district joined locals in a day of winter fishing fun.
Early on it was clear that the fishing was going to be good, with fish getting weighed in almost immediately after the derby started at 8 a.m.
Rainy River’s Harry Arnould held the lead for the first hour with a 1.3-pound walleye, but it would not be enough to take home the big prize on the day.
Ken Vogan of Sleeman landed a monster 7.26-pound walleye to win $400.
Coming in second was Darrell Mandamin with a 5.56-pound walleye to take home $200 while Noella Mandamin was third with a 5.4-pounder to earn $100.
Vogan must have rubbed some of his luck on his son, Patrick, who had the largest northern pike for most of the day at 2.14 pounds. But Morson’s Cindy Miller dethroned him with a 3.2-pounder late in the day to win the $250 first prize.
Vogan settled for second and won $100 (only two northerns were caught on the day).
Catching the most perch was Terry Gill with three to win a butane cooker.
The hidden weight was .88 pounds. Amazingly, two people had that exact weight.
Claude Seguin and Sharri Kreger both caught walleye that size and each won a gas can, a funnel, and two litres of motor oil.
Dale Gill of Fort Frances likely was kicking himself after he heard the hidden weight. He told the Record early in the day that he threw one about that size back rather than taking it to be weighed in.
Sheila Gate, one of the event organizers, was very pleased Monday with the tournament. “It was the largest turnout we have had in 11 years and it was a beautiful day,” she enthused.
They had 191 anglers participate, who caught 119 fish (of which 107 were walleye, 10 perch, and two northerns).
Sixty-five people attended the pancake breakfast that morning while 80 stayed for the pork roast supper that night.
Winners of the derby raffle were Pat Handorgan Sr. (Aqua View fishing camera), John Myers (rod and reel combo), and Jeff Morrison (afghan and cushions).