Bassin’ for Bucks

An­nual tour­na­ment pop­u­lar with an­glers

Kenora Daily Miner and News - - NATIONAL NEWS - JEFF GUSTAFSON

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.

JEFF GUSTAFSON/ THE LIVEWELL

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.

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