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22nd Annual Bay of Pigs Walleye Tournament brings in some big fish

Money raised from the event will go to the Connor Gorsuch Kid's Fishing Day

The 22nd Annual Bay of Pigs Walleye Fishing Tournament served up several big catches with top honors to Tom Wrocklage and Andy Kableman taking in 22.16 pounds and $350.

The event ran from 7a.m.-3p.m. May 23 with the launch point being Bay Mills Resort and Casino.

The fishermen had to stay in Brimley Bay from Bay Mills Point to the Whiskey River Bridge at 6 Mile Road.

At least one person in the boat had to be a police officer or a retired police officer.

A total of twelve teams entered the tournament with representatives from Sault Ste. Marie City Police Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol, St. Ignace City Police, Sault Tribe Police, Bay Mills Conservation, and U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement. 

Sault Ste. Marie City Police Detective Phillip Donnay organized the event that ended up bringing in 46 walleyes.

But there is more to this event other than trying to catch the biggest walleye. The tournament raises money for local events and non-profit agencies.

At last year's event, $120 was raised for the St. Marys Walleye Club Veterans Fishing Day.  This year, they raised $210 for the Connor Gorsuch Kid's Fishing Day at Rotary Pond in Sault Ste. Marie. That event is Saturday, July 27.

Others placing in the Bay of Pigs tournament include 2nd place to Bobby Carrick and Brandon Carrick with 22.14 pounds good for $170.  Donnay and Dane Stanaway took 3rd with 21.80 pounds and good for $80.00.  Donnay and Stanaway took top honors in the biggest walleye of the day weighing in at 9.92 pounds, good for another $80.