Bassin’ for Bucks
Annual tournament popular with anglers
The 22nd annual Bassin’ For Bucks tournament took place this past weekend out of Sioux Narrows, on Lake of the Woods. The tournament, which has become a favourite of many local anglers as well as visitors to Sunset Country, attracted another full field of 125 teams.
Bassin’ For Bucks is a great event for Sioux Narrows because it basically adds another busy week of economic activity in the small community where tourism and fishing are so important. The summer is short so this event, which brings over a couple hundred people to town for at least four or five days is huge.
Troy Norman of Fort Frances continued his awesome season, which included winning the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship back in July, as he and Andrew Carlson, also of Fort Frances, won the tournament with a three day total of 47.52 pounds.
That total, which was down a few pounds from what the winning total has been for the past several years, was a result of some tough fishing on Lake of the Woods over the weekend.
The weather was almost too nice it appeared. As anglers we wish for warm, sunny weather all summer long but at this point in the year these fish are ready to really start eating heavily as they prepare for the long winter and it seems like the cold weather is a trigger for that to start happening. There were quite a few bass out deep on traditional fall spots. We and other teams could see them on our electronics and we could catch a few but they were really hard to catch for the most part.
Second place in the tournament went to the Sioux Narrows teams of Brian McNanney and Matt Rydberg, who followed up a second place finish in the KBI last month. They had a three day total of 46.75 pounds. These guys are tough to beat on this part of the lake regardless of the conditions.
My partner Mike Reid and I have fished the tournaments together since it started way back in 1996 and we have had several good tournaments over the years. Things went pretty good for us last weekend with a third place finish despite a tough second day when we could only muster up a 12 pound limit. Our total weight came in at 46.69 pounds. It was simply tough fishing out there, at least for big bass.
One of the reasons that Bassin’ For Bucks is such a popular event is they really spread the prize money around with a bunch of different prizes. The top adult youth team went to Jeff and Jared Rooney, while the top male/female team went to Ted and Louise Stewner, who have won this award several times. They finished 17th, which was the first time they have been out of the top 5 in many years.
Big fish on the weekend went to Darren Neniska and Clay Lajeunesse who caught a 6.06 pound largemouth on day three of the tournament. Finally, the big catch of the weekend also came in on day three when Terry McClymont and Tim Strempler dropped 19.38 pounds on the scale.
A big thanks to all of the volunteers who make this such a fun bass tournament every year, especially Barb Salvador and Debbie Ducharme who run a great team of people. Those of us who enjoy fishing in these bass tournaments have a few weeks of competition left this season. This coming weekend, the action switches to Nestor Falls with the annual Crow Lake Classic taking place Saturday and Sunday. There are still a few spots open for teams looking to sign up. Any information you are looking for can be found on the Crow Lake Classic Facebook page.
Troy Norman and Andy Carlson with the boat, motor and trailer package they won for placing first with a total three-day weight of 47.52 lbs. at Bassin' For Bucks in Sioux Narrows, Sept 8 10. The first place prize was donated by tournament sponsors Crestliner and K-Sports Marine in Kenora.