March 23, 2019
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Lucky angler catches 26-pound muskie during ice fishing derby

Courtesy of Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby
Courtesy of Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby
Devin Cyr of St. Agatha caught the winning muskellunge during the 14th Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby. The fish weighed 26 pounds, 9.9 ounces.

Before last weekend’s 14th edition of the Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby, chairman Paul Bernier said that based on the size of fish that had been caught early this weekend, he wouldn’t be surprised if a lucky angler hauled a record-setting landlocked salmon out of the lake.

That didn’t happen, but Robert Nason of Norridgewock did catch what most would call the fish of a lifetime, a 6-pound, 12.8-ounce salmon that won the category and earned him $1,500 in cash.

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The derby is put on by the Black Bear Rod & Gun Club and the town of St. Agatha. Proceeds benefit the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund.

Bernier reported that 1,121 people registered for the derby, snapping the record of 1,103 participants set a year ago.

“Weather conditions were borderline brutal with lots of slush, wind and cold,” Bernier reported in an email. “Fishing was decent but did not meet our expectations based on what had been caught leading up to the derby.”

Door-prize winners included Brian Rancourt of Sabattus, who took home a Sport Shack ice shack worth more than $4,000, and Jesse Pelletier of Madawaska, who took home the ultimate ice fishing package worth $3,100.

Bernier said that during next year’s 15th edition, organizers have committed to putting on an even bigger show, with an increase in the prize pool from $18,500 to $20,000 in cash. In addition, next year’s ultimate ice fishing package will include all of the items that added up to $3,100 in value, but organizers will also provide a side-by-side ATV with a lag kit, dump body and power steering, which will be worth about $20,000.

The full results:

Adult — Salmon: 1. Robert Nason, Norridgewock, 6 pounds, 12.8 ounces, $1,500, 2. Jason Pelletier, Madawaska, 6 pounds, 8.2 ounces, $1,000, 3. Brandon Ouellette, Frenchville, 5 pounds, 8.4 ounces, $600; Togue: 1. Camden Huck, Caribou, 10 pounds, 7.8 ounces, $1,500, 2. Emil Huck, Caribou, 6 pounds, 12.8 ounces, $1,000, 3. Camden Huck, Caribou, 6 pounds, 3 ounces, $600; Brook trout: 1. Corey Daigle, Grand Isle, 3 pounds, 2.2 ounces, $1,000, 2. Peter Daigle, St. David, 2 pounds, 13.4 ounces, $800, 3. Lorraine Tukey, 2 pounds, 9.2 ounces, $500; Muskie: 1. Devin Cyr, St. Agatha, 26 pounds, 9.9 ounces, $1,000, 2. Allan Albert, St. Francis, 16 pounds, 3.4 ounces, $800, 3. Thomas McGown, Carmel, 15 pounds, 0.3 ounces, $500; Cusk: 1. Darren Donovan, Presque Isle, 9 pounds, 5.4 ounces, $800, 2. Kent Raymond, Hermon, 6 pounds, 14.8 ounces, $600, 3. Kent Raymond, Hermon, 6 pounds, 0.8 ounces, $400; Most perch (any age): 1. Dillon Drew, Caribou, 169 perch, $500, 2. Shawn Bugbee, Mapleton, 166 perch, $300, 3. Westley Hitchcock, Caribou, 133 perch, $100; Largest perch (any age): 1. Dillon Drew, Caribou, 1 pounds, 2.2 ounces, $250, 2. Paul St. Amand, Fairfield, 1 pound, 1.2 ounces, 13 inches, $150, 3. Amy Ross, Carmel, 1 pound, 1.2 ounces, 12 1/2 inches, $100.

Youth (13 and under) — Salmon: 1. Mason Pelletier, Fort Kent, 5 pounds, 9.2 ounces, $500, 2. Sophia Toussaint, Grand Isle, 5 pounds, 2.8 ounces, $300, 3. Sam Paradis, Frenchville, 5 pounds, 1.6 ounces, $200; Brook trout: 1. Dillon Drew, Caribou, 1 pound, 14 ounces, $500, 2. Eli Jandreau, Mapleton, 1 pound, 4.6 ounces, $300, 3. Cooper Libby, Ashland, 13.8 ounces, $200; Togue: 1. Byron McNulty Eagle Lake, 5 pounds, 4.8 ounces, $500, 2. Eli Jandreau, 3 pounds, 2.4 ounces, $300, 3. Andre Sirois, Fort Kent, 2 pounds, 11.4 ounces, $200.

 



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