: Vanity Insanity At Tobin Lake


Topwater
09-24-2011, 09:04 PM
Official pre fish kicks off today for the most prestigous Walleye team tournament in western Canada, the Vanity Cup held Oct 1&2. 160 teams will compete for over $147 000 in cash and prizes and more importantly (according to some teams) bragging rights. With a wait list of over 40 teams there is no dought it is the most popular tournament in the province. The two day total weight catch and release tournament is held on the river portion of Tobin Lake, Saskatchewan just 2 km outside the beautiful town of Nipawin. Tobin Lake has a reputation as one of the best Walleye and Northern Pike fisheries in North America and the tournament showcases this every fall. In 2010 there were over 200 Walleye weighed in over 70cm (9 lbs or more) with the biggest caught by Merv Edel and the late Tom Worbeck at 15.3 lbs.

2010 champions Marvin Koizumi and Cody Earl of Calgary, AB weighed in 52.85 lbs for $50 000 and will be back to defend there title. Tobin Lake slot regulations and Tournament rules dictate that no walleye between 55 and 70 cms may be weighed and only 2 of 5 fish per day may be over 70cms.

Seasoned tournament veteren Dave Kennedy of Wetaskiwin, AB has been on the river for a week now and says fishing has been great with lots of fish being caught. Dave has been fishing the river for 19 years and when asked why he keeps coming back he says its the best fishery hes ever been to and the scenery on the river is unbeatable.

Stay tuned for tourney updates all week.
Steve Meeres
www.vanitycup.ca
www.nipawin.com
www.tobinlake.net

stevefellegy
09-25-2011, 09:59 AM
You are so right! Some of my best tourney memories come from the first time I fished the Vanity in the mid 90's. We had perfect 21" plus fish for the 3 small ones and 2 over 12lbs. each day. And didn't win...almost but no cigar! WOW! Bill Hall, my partner in that event caught and had to release 6 consecutive walleyes over 11lbs., as none of them tipped the balance beam to make the livewell over the ones that were already in there. WOW!

Topwater
09-26-2011, 07:00 PM
Great weather blessed anglers today as aproximatly 70 teams launched there boats in the Nipawin Regional Park for another day of pre fishing. Berkley pro Tony Hadi said fishing got off to a slow start this morning but managed to put 4 overs (over 70cm or 27 1/2 inches) in the boat today including a 80cm 13 lb fish and a 82cm 14 lb monster caught by local outfitter Nicole Jackson who spent the day in the boat enjoying the fantastic fall weather and great company. Tony fishes the tournament every year with his father Sam Hadi and says he predicts it will take 56 pounds over two days to take home the 50 000 cheque and bragging rights. Tony and Sam say that good slot fish (under 55cm/21 1/2 inches) will be key to winning the tournament and plan to run short passes to stay on active fish.
Steve Meeres

Waxy
09-27-2011, 08:24 AM
Great weather blesseed anglers today as aproximatly 70 teams launched there boats in the Nipawin Regional Park for another day of pre fishing. Berkley pro Tony Hadi said fishing got off to a slow start this morning but managed to put 4 overs (over 70cm or 27 1/2 inches) in the boat today including a 80cm 13 lb fish and a 82cm 14 lb monster caught by local outfitter Nicole Jackson who spent the day in the boat enjoying the fantastic fall weather and great company. Tony fishes the tournament every year with his father Sam Hadi and says he predicts it will take 56 pounds over two days to take home the 50 000 cheque and bragging rights. Tony and Sam say that good slot fish (under 55cm/21 1/2 inches) will be key to winning the tournament and plan to run short passes to stay on active fish.
Steve Meeres

Good reports, thanks Steeve.

Nice fish Tony.

Here's hoping you can put a couple of those in the boat each day, along with three 21 3/8" footballs lol.

I gotta get up there one of these years...

Waxy

Topwater
09-28-2011, 11:31 PM
Cody Earl and Marvin Koizumi came down to Twin Marine late Monday afternoon to put Codys big new Lund into the marina so it gave me a chance to have a drink with last years winners and pick there brains a little bit. Marvin has been fishing the Vanity for 15 years and Cody 12. When I asked them why they come back year after year (10 1/2 hour drive one way) the smiles got wide and they said they wouldnt miss the tourney for anything but ultimatly it came down to the Quality of the Competetion and the fishery. Cody who is sponcored by Normark/Rapala and Lund/Mercury called the Vanity the Stanley Cup of western Canadian Walleye tournaments and Marvin who is representing Pure Fishing echoed that by saying the Tournament is loaded with the absolute best tournament fisherman around so fishing and winning the tournament is an honor. When talking about fishing tactics and techniques in the river Cody says there are no tackle secrets or advantages and it could come down to boat control on Saturday/Sunday. Marvin says that isolating locations that are holding the big fish will be key to defending this year.
Steve Meeres

Shortline
09-30-2011, 09:57 AM
What tactics are the "go-to" for the teams to hit the big weights?

With that many huge fish - it has to be ne heck of an awesome weigh-in to witness!

SL

Topwater
10-01-2011, 05:20 AM
What tactics are the "go-to" for the teams to hit the big weights?

With that many huge fish - it has to be ne heck of an awesome weigh-in to witness!

SL

Live bait rigging with leeches is the go to fall walleye tactics on the river.
Steve

Taodermer
10-03-2011, 08:45 PM
Hey whats the word top ten top one top anything.