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Trolling Finnish Championships on Lake Lappajärvi
Because of Coronavirus the organisers postponed the event that should have been held in summer of 2020. Trolling contest was arranged 31.7–1.8.2021 on Lake Lappajärvi, which is the biggest lake of South Ostrobothnia.
There were 139 trolling boats in attendance and 134 of them caught some fish. All participants of this trolling contest were invited. Qualification took place at local contest cups.
The victory of 2-day trolling contest was solved on Sunday, when a boat skippered by Elmeri Nahkala from Ostrobothnia took the highest rank of the second day and also the whole contest. Nahkala´s boat was third after Saturdays race. Second place went to a boat skippered by Marko Hartikainen from Central Finland. Team Hartikainen was second after Saturday and fourth on Sunday.
The game fish species of Lappajärvi contest were perch, zander and pike. The winning team didn`t catch any zander, but they ensured their victory with a nice perch and pike catch. The biggest perch competitors managed to get were 600 to 800 gramms. The biggest zander weighed about 2,5 kilos and the biggest pike 6 to 8 kilos.
Championships were hosted by Toha-vaappu Pohjanmaa cup and organised by Lappajärven Kalaveikot.
Results (PDF-files, only in Finnish)
Photo on the top: There are lot of fields, farms and villages in a landscape of Lake Lappajärvi. (Photo: Hannu Oksa)
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