The Shoal Lake Last Chance tournament took place this past weekend (Sept.25/26) and Dennis Favreau and I had a good tournament, finishing second with a two day weight of 38.43 pounds.
First place went to the Kenora team of Trevor Guderyan and Dean Tacknyk who had a total weight of 38.57 pounds. They had a 20.28 pound catch on day one.
This was our third 2nd place finish in a row in this tournament and we usually focus on largemouths but this year we could not get the big ones going so we choose to target smalllmouths for the most part and that is what we weighed in. Our two bags came in at 19.28 and 19.15 pounds so we were consistent. We did not get any big kicker fish, just 5 really good ones.
We caught them on a variety of smelt imitation baits. The two best ones for us were 1/4 and 3/8 ounce Northland Mimic Minnow Jigs tipped with a variety of jerk shad bodies, including 5 inch Trigger-X Minnows and Slurpies Jerk Shads. Any of the white, shad colors were good. We also caught a few big ones on #14 Rapala Husky Jerks.
1: Trevor Guderyan / Dean Tacknyk - 38.57 lbs.
2: Jeff Gustafson / Dennis Favreau - 38.43 lbs.
3: John Guzej / Marc Guzej - 37.90 lbs.
4: Wayne Wagner / Darrell Keszler - 37.57 lbs.
5: Alex Keszler / Darrell Keszler - 37.42 lbs.
6: Matt Rydberg / Brian McNanney - 37.24 lbs.
7: Dean Smith / Pat James - 37.07 lbs.
8: Joe Pritchett / Hiram Archibald - 36.83 lbs.
9: Mark Libitka / Bart Stebnitsky - 36.80 lbs.
10: Troy Norman / Jay Samsal - 36.25 lbs.
Brian McNanney displays part of his and Matt Rydberg's 20.57 pound day-two catch. (The biggest of the day)
Tournament winners Otis and Tack after they recieved their checks.
Thanks to the folks at Shoal Lake for putting on two great tournaments this season. All the anglers love to fish out there!