Lo­cal an­glers named to Team On­tario for U.S. event

John McGoey third, An­drew Shufelt sev­enth at provin­cial qual­i­fier

The Peterborough Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE DAVIES EX­AM­INER SPORTS DIREC­TOR mike.davies @pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

Two Peter­bor­ough an­glers have earned the right to rep­re­sent On­tario at a ma­jor U.S. event next sum­mer.

John McGoey placed third and An­drew Shufelt sev­enth at On­tario Bass Na­tion’s 2019 Hank Gib­son provin­cial qual­i­fier. The event was held on Rice Lake at Golden Beach Re­sort on the week­end.

The top 10 qual­i­fied for OBN’s Team On­tario for the 2020 Bass An­glers Sports­man So­ci­ety (BASS) re­gional cham­pi­onship next sum­mer.

The date and lo­ca­tion are to be an­nounced.

It’s the first time the Peter­bor­ough Bass­mas­ters mem­bers have made Team On­tario.

McGoey’s two-day catch of five fish weighed 19.90 pounds while Shufelt’s six weighed 17.66 lb.

Belleville’s Randy Deschamps placed first at 21.38 and Mis­sis­sauga’s An­drej Chowaniec sec­ond at 20.48.

McGoey, 50, who op­er­ates OK Tire on The Park­way, has been a com­pet­i­tive an­gler for 20 years.

His big­gest ac­com­plish­ment was a 19th place fin­ish at a Fish­ing League World­wide (FLW) event In Mary­land. This was his fourth time com­pet­ing in the provin­cial qual­i­fier.

“It will be pretty cool to be a part of Team On­tario. It’s been a life goal,” he said.

McGoey was the Day 1 leader with a weight of 13.86 lb in­clud­ing a 5.86-lb fish of the day.

He cred­its luck and his knowl­edge of Rice Lake for his suc­cess.

“I fished the event with no prac­tice which is sort of crazy,” he said. “It’s one of the first events I’ve been ner­vous to fish.”

He and Shufelt will travel to­gether.

“It will take a bit of pres­sure off. We can split the lake up to prac­tice more ef­fi­ciently,” McGoey said.

“We all fish against each other through­out the year,” Shufelt said. “Now we’re all a team.”

Shufelt, 46, has fished com­pet­i­tively for 12 years and twice qual­i­fied for FLW events in Arkansas and Mis­souri but he says BASS is a big­ger event.

“I’ve done it on the FLW side and wanted to try it on the BASS side,” Shufelt said.

“This is the road to the Bass­mas­ters Clas­sic which is the Su­per Bowl of fish­ing,” he said.

The re­gional event is the sec­ond of three qual­i­fy­ing steps for the Clas­sic.

“Only two Cana­di­ans have ever fished the Clas­sic — Hank Gib­son and Charles Sim,” Shufelt said.

“This year three Cana­di­ans qual­i­fied through a dif­fer­ent sys­tem but not a lot of Cana­di­ans are able to get that far down the path.”

Zachary White of Hastings also qual­i­fied as a non-boater.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Peter­bor­ough’s John McGoey placed third at the On­tario Bass Na­tion’s Hank Gib­son provin­cial qual­i­fier on Rice Lake on the week­end.

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