You could almost hear the sigh of relief. Bill Godin's cheeks were definitely flushed, as he slowly realized he and his partner Leroy Wilson were $21,000 richer.
The anglers pushed their way to the top of the leaderboard when it counts, on the last day. Their last day total of 20.08 lb. catapulted them into first place with a three-day total of 55.58 lb., and it took a while for the reality of the victory to sink in.
"Aw, it's awesome," said Godin, as he absorbed the news. "I've had the fortunate luck to be up here a couple of times, and it gets better every time."
Godin added the steady, calm weather helped their approach, as more of a wind and choppy water might've changed their results.
Steady results put the Sioux Narrows duo of Brian McNanney and Matthew Rydberg into the lead after Day 2. Even with the big fish of 5.53 lb. on Day 3, they couldn't quite hang on. The team finished Day 3 with 17.61 lb. for a three-day weight of 53.33 pounds.
The father-son duo of Jim and Jeff Gustafson may have been the sentimental favourites for the hometown crowd. Weighing in sixth, they took over the lead after dropping off 16.89 lb. for a total of 51.62, but Gussy didn't stay long on the comfy couch.
Still, it didn't dampen Gussy's spirits, as he went out of his way to praise the winners, then invite the crowd to stay for the Big Bass Bash after.
Andrew Bartlett won the Swimming Sharks boat package draw prize.
Overall, the local anglers caught 236.24 pounds of fish, compared with 180.81 for the world team. In three days, registered anglers caught and released 1,890 fish weighing 5,207.4 pounds.
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