It's been a while since my last post on here, sorry for that! I spent three weeks in June on the road for the last two FLW Tour events at Lake Chickamauga and the Potomac River. After I got home it was right into guiding and tournament fishing back in Sunset Country.
August and I with some nice smallmouths from Lake Despair. We ended up with a second place finish there earlier in July. Congrats to Bryan Gustafson and Brian White on the win there. This is a great, fun tournament on a cool chain of lakes. Lot's of fish to be caught for sure.
Things went alright at Lake Chickamauga, I ended up squeaking into cheque range there after a pretty tough practice. After the event I stuck around for a few days and had some absolutely incredible fishing. Found a few big schools of fish and caught a nine pounder, a seven pounder and a bunch between four and six. I only had a week off between this tournament and the last one at the Potomac River so I just stayed at Chickamauga a few extra days. Glad I did!
The Potomac tournament did not go so well. After only catching six bass in the three practice days I managed to catch a limit for 12 pounds on day one, which landed me in 28th place. On day two, though I scraped out a limit again, they only weighed 9 pounds and I came up about a pound short of cashing a cheque, so that was disappointing.
Back at home, I teamed up with my buddy Jay Samsal for the Kenora Walleye Classic, an inaugural event on Lake of the Woods. We caught a bunch of fish and had a fun tournament. Unfortunately we did not catch big enough "kickers" to earn us any money. Here is a 29 incher from practice.
I have also had a few guide trips on Lake of the Woods...fishing has been excellent for everything, especially walleye. Here is a nice batch for dinner!
Last week at the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship, my friend John Peterson and I attempted to defend our wins there the past couple of years but things did not click for us this year. We ended up with a dismal 38th place finish. I'm not sure if we just had to many memories from the past few years or what, but nothing seemed to go our way last week.
Still, this is one of my favourite tournaments and my favourite weeks of the year. I love Rainy Lake and the town of Fort Frances, already can't wait to go back again next year!
Congratulations to Scott and Steve Sandberg on the win there this year!
One of the best stories that I heard last week came from Duane and Travis Peterson, John's brother and nephew. The day before the FFCBC on Rainy Lake, they had a 48" musky grab a two pound bass they were reeling in. The fish would not let go of the bass and they ended up landing it. The musky never had a hook in it. Pretty good stuff!
Up next, we have the KBI tournament next week on Lake of the Woods, can't wait to get it going!