19th Annual Poutmasters Fishing Derby a Huge Success!

Seen in image above: Brooke Laplante poses with her mother after winning the $500 Stella's Touch Day at the Spa (On Mother's Day) at the 2018 Poutmasters fishing Derby. Courtesy photo

RUSSELL — The Kin Club of Russell’s 19th annual Poutmasters Fishing Derby, held May 11 – 13 was a huge success said Kin Club of Russell’s Poutmaster chair Doug Anthony. “We had perfect weather all weekend, the fish were biting and the prizes and sponsorships were amazing this year”, said Anthony.

In total 271 registered for the annual mudpout fishing derby, including nine in the new Pro Series edition.  A total of 413 fish were caught over the beautiful weekend. “For the first year, we were ecstatic with nine in the Pro Series…they were serious fishermen.” The Pro Series saw fishermen competing for the total weight of their five largest mudpout caught. The Pro Series winners (1st and 2nd) won cash prizes and all rankings were as follows:

Pro Series

1st Shawn Laronde 2.286 kilos

2nd Justin Harten 2.214 kilos

3rd Mike Lamoureux 2.198 kilos

4th Jacquie Rail 1.808 kilos

5th Robert Armstrong 1.584 kilos


Youth Division

1st Zachary Pichette 552 grams

2nd Jacob Lobban 504 grams

3rd Wyatt Rivet 492 grams


Adult Division

1st Kevin Moore 698 grams

2nd Justin Harten 616 grams

3rd Diana Bereck 610 grams


This year’s Poutmasters were sponsored by Canadian Facility Security, Russell Township, South Nation Conservation, Embrun Giant Tiger, Hot Potato, Russell Lions Club, Laplante Dodge and Embrun Ford amongst others. Stella’s Touch in Russell donated the $500 day at the Spa for Mother’s Day, won by Brooke Laplante. The canoe and kayak from Barry’s Home Hardware were won by Mason Savage (kayak) and Marc Gauthier (canoe). Gift bags and 200 carnations (for Mother’s Day) were donated by Diane Hayes of Kelly’s Boutique.

Chris Pare of Morewood brought in $732 of pledges towards the Russell Township Sports Dome! Next year’s Poutmasters (May 10 -12) will be the 20th anniversary, “Expect some big things!” said Anthony. For more information about pledges and sponsorships, please contact Doug Anthony at kindoug27@gmail.com.

Brooke Laplante poses with her mother after winning the $500 Stella’s Touch Day at the Spa (On Mother’s Day) at the 2018 Poutmasters fishing Derby.

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