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Tuesday
Aug312010

International Falls Bass Championship

Scott Dingwall and I fished the International Falls Bass Championship together this past weekend and had things go our way en route to winning the tournament.  This tournament has a unique format in that it takes place on two different bodies of water; the American side of Rainy Lake and the Rainy River. 

We fished the lake on day one and brought in the third best catch at 14.23 pounds.  We caught our fish on the lake mostly on Rapala SKITTER POPS and #8 X-RAPS. 

On the river on day two we had the largest catch of the tournament at 15.82 pounds.  We caught our fish out there on 1/4 oz Northland WEED WEASEL JIGS tipped with a 4 inch SLURPIES SWIMMING GRUB and a Rapala DT4 Crankbait. 

Photos courtesy of Val Ras Photography

Thanks to OPTIMA Batteries for the $1000 contingency prize!  It pays to use the BEST batteries on the market!

1 4 14.23  15.82  30.05  GUSTAFSON, JEFF DINGWALL, SCOTT
2 7 13.47  14.12  27.59  PETERSON, TRAVIS MATTSON, STEVE
3 24 12.55  13.87  26.42  BURRI, TOM ALTENA, ERIC
4 9 12.22  13.96  26.18  PETERSON, DUANE PETERSON, JOHN
5 25 14.00  12.03  26.03  THORSTAD, DAN ANSELL, AL
6 13 13.24  12.58  25.82  GODIN, BILL GALUSHA, RALPH
7 16 15.19  10.06  25.25  LABELLE, DALE HOWELLS, KARL
8 30 10.56  14.08  24.64  MCKAY, CALVIN JONSON, CHAD
9 52 14.84  9.58  24.42  BENNETT, DAVE SALVADOR, MIKE
10 5 10.68  12.83  23.51  SAVINO, FRANK LAPOINTE, BRIAN

 

 

Friday
Aug202010

Good fishing in sunset country

Today I got to share the boat with a couple of my hockey buddies, Ian White and Mike Richards.  We had a good day and caught and caught a bunch of fish.  We had a little friendly competition with the smallmouths and Whitey was the champ. 

We took this picture with the timer on my camera and I guess I was just holding mine out the farthest.  Whitey had the big ones!   

We were literally catching them as fast as we could get out baits in the water at one point...the result. 

We caught them on Rapala X-Raps and Northland Mimic Minnow Jigs tipped with a variety of soft plastic jerkshads.  We used light 1/8 oz. jigs for casting and heavier 1/4 oz. jigs for catching fish below the boat that we marked on the Humminbird.  Those jigs are so lifelike, they are deadly on smallmouths! 

Thursday
Aug192010

Good weather - Good fishing

The past week and a half since the KBI I have been on the water quite a bit guiding...mostly for walleyes.  Despite a few days of bad weather that have kept us off the water, it's been nice out and fishing has been good. 

Jay Samsal holds up a couple of nice largemouth bass we caught last week after the KBI.  These fish evaded both of us during the tournament. 

Dirk Hyde, President of Lund Boat Company holds up a nice walleye and a smallmouth that he caught last week when we shared the boat one day on Lake of the Woods. 

One of many nice walleyes caught on a guide trip last week

 Dirk Hyde "boat-flips" a walleye as Jason Gauthier and Ryan Sproule from Lund Boat Company look on from their boat.   

Tuesday
Aug102010

The SKBI Report

The 23rd annual Shaw Kenora Bass International took place this past weekend on Lake of the Woods.  The tournament was won by the team of Dennis Mandamin and Jason Carpenter.  Their three-day total of 50.20 pounds earned them the win. 

Savy and I took 4th this year and were happy with our finish.  We caught a mixed bag of smallmouth and largemouth bass this weekend on a variety of baits....specifically a 1/2 oz Northland "Pro Series" Reed Runner Spinnerbait (Gold Shiner), a new #11 Rapala MaxRap (Flake Purple Ghost) as well as a variety of jigs tipped with small finesse plastics. 

The Humminbird GPS and sonar units on my Lund were instrumental in our success this weekend.  We never got a really solid pattern figured out so it was all about running as many spots as we could to find biting fish.  The GPS on these units is so accurate and easy to use, it made a big difference for us! 

Enjoy the photos below courtesy of Darrin Bohonis and Bryan Gustafson 

Brian McNanney and Matt Rydberg wait on the"hotseat" as other teams try to knock them off.  They would eventually finish 2nd. 

Our day three total of 15.26 pounds left us a little bit short.  We still enjoyed the boat parade!  It is the highlight of the tournament!

Team Canada poses with the Frank Townsend Trophy for winning the Can/Am Challenge.  After 23 tournaments, Team USA still leads 13-10, but Canada has won the past 3 years in a row. 

Savy and I pose with our 4th place trophies.  We'll be back next year looking to win! 

1 107 15.26 18.58 16.36 50.20 DENNIS MANDAMIN WHITEFISH BAY JASON CARPENTER WHITEDOG  
2 1 16.45 15.34 16.94 48.73 BRIAN MCNANNEY SIOUX NARROWS MATTHEW RYDBERG SIOUX NARROWS  
3 31 19.55 15.72 13.17 48.44 BEHN CARLSON KENORA JON PEARSON KEEWATIN  
4 2 16.80 16.18 15.26 48.24 JEFF GUSTAFSON KENORA CHRIS SAVAGE KENORA  
5 29 16.60 15.07 14.26 45.93 JESS SWENSON SIOUX NARROWS MICHAEL REID SIOUX NARROWS  
6 66 16.85 15.17 13.14 45.16 TONY GRIFFITHS SIOUX NARROWS BRUCE GRIFFITHS KENORA  
7 10 15.81 14.82 14.20 44.83 OLIVER GIBBONS SLEEMAN JASON GIBBONS SLEEMAN  
8 4 17.46 15.48 11.64 44.58 BART STEBNITSKY KENORA DARREN MARCINE KENORA  
9 40 16.79 13.03 14.13 43.95 KURT DAFCIK KENORA STEVE HARGER MATHEWS  
10 5 12.12 16.13 15.38 43.63 ALEX KESZLER WINNPEG WAYNE WAGNER ST. ANDREWS  

Thanks to all the directors and volunteers who made this such an awesome event again this year!  

Monday
Jul262010

Canadian bass championship report

The Canadian Bass Championship took place this past weekend on Rainy Lake, out of Fort Frances, Ontario.  The fishing was pretty good on the weekend and many anglers brought in some great catches.  See some photos and the top ten standings below. 

Al and Troy Lindner brought in some big largemouths on day three of the tournament to anchor their 19.80 pound catch, one of the largest of the event.  This was interesting because there have only ever been a couple of small largemouths weighed in during the previous 15 year history of the tournament. 

John Peterson and I holding our day-three catch that weighed 20.54 pounds, the second largest limit of the event.  We were very pleased with our 3rd place finish for the second year in a row. 

1 4 19.63 18.68 18.14 56.45 Dorian Lindholm Bill Wilcox
2 61 19.11 17.91 16.24 53.26 Mark Raveling Mike Luhman
3 3 16.05 15.65 20.54 52.24 Jeff Gustafson John Peterson
4 79 17.61 15.18 18.21 51.00 Frank McClymont Albert Trudeau
5 18 15.84 15.90 18.34 50.08 Richard Rud Jon Austin
6 11 16.12 15.20 18.52 49.84 Jim Sandelovich Karl Howells
7 31 14.88 14.81 19.80 49.49 Al Lindner Troy Lindner
8 27 18.62 14.70 16.11 49.43 David Skallet Jim Merthan
9 52 16.91 15.96 15.65 48.52 Jason Pavleck Bill Walls
10 24 17.02 15.83 15.57 48.42 Kraig Dafcik Kelvin Caul