Brown Giant landed in Lake Ontario


Francine Alberson with her huge brown trout.
Courtesy of Reelin’ for a Cure

While training for an upcoming charity event, a woman in upstate New York caught 9 huge brown trout. The largest weighed 27 pounds and was the biggest fish she had caught in her life.

Francine Alberson was fishing with her stepson, Captain Rich Brant, a charter legend from North Tonawanda, New York. The two were warming up for the Lake Ontario Reelin’ for a Cure (RFAC) Tournament, a women-only fishing tournament that raises funds for women battling breast cancer. After a week of strong winds pushing cold water close to shore, the captain-mother-in-law team headed out to Brant’s 20ft Lund to search for fish. They were targeting depths of 50 feet west of Wilson with winches and scoops, when a fish struck a Michigan Stinger pickle seed scoop dragged 50 feet behind the winch ball. The team had already caught 8 fish with a ninth trout hit at a depth of 35 feet. This brunette turned out to be the 27-pounder.

The Lake Ontario Reelin’ for a Cure (RFAC) Tournament begins on Friday August 19th. All-female fishing teams compete to catch the most fish and/or the biggest fish in a 6-hour tournament that runs from 6 a.m. to noon. by a 1 p.m. weigh-in at Krull Park. Good luck to all anglers, with a big shout out to Cap’n Brant and Francine, hope you catch up on those big browns.


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