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Jeff Gustafson - Livewell

My tail got kicked at Winyah Bay

Throughout my tournament fishing career in the U.S., I have fished a few tournaments on tidal waters along the east coast and my results have not been very good.

These rivers that flow into the Atlantic Ocean like the Potomac in Maryland, the St. Johns in Florida and the ones we just fished at Winyah Bay in South Carolina are all influenced by the Oceans tide so their water levels fluctuate by a couple of feet every six or eight hours.

Very good weekend at Hartwell

The third stop of the Bassmaster Elite Series season took place this past weekend at Lake Hartwell, South Carolina, a lake that I had some good history on.

Several of the spots that produced fish for me on past visits were good again to help me get my season back on track after a rough start.

After sitting in seventh place following day two of the tournament, I fished the third day and landed a 13th-place finish in the event.

The full field of 75 anglers fished the first two days, then the field is cut the 35 for day three and the top ten fish a fourth day.

Ice-fishing is still tough going

The nice weather over the weekend was welcome relief from the extended winter we've been experiencing right across Sunset Country for the past couple of weeks.

I spent a few days fishing over the weekend, getting in my last kick at the ice before I head back down south this week to continue my bass tournament season in South Carolina.

The Super Bowl of bass fishing

This past weekend found me in Knoxville, Tenn., site of the 2019 Bassmaster Classic tournament on the Tennessee River.

The “Classic” is the most prestigious bass-fishing tournament in the world, with 50 of the top anglers from the Bassmaster Elite Series and Bassmaster Opens tournaments competing for a $300,000 first-place prize.

Tips for choosing the right sunglasses for fishing

Aside from the equipment we need to actually hook and land a fish, sunglasses are right up there as an important, must-have item for anglers.

Polarized sunglasses eliminate glare off the surface and allow us to see better beneath the water—a very important aspect of fishing for all anglers.

Sunglasses also protect our eyes from flying hooks, as well as bright sunlight which can be damaging.

Walk into a store to buy a new pair of glasses and there is a seemingly endless variety of frames and lens colours to choose from. It can be overwhelming, for sure.

What about this snow?

Before I went up to Winnipeg last week for the Mid-Canada Boat Show, I got out fishing for an afternoon with some friends from Michigan that were passing through town.

Because of the cold weather and snow conditions I was not that excited about going fishing but I promised them a few weeks earlier that I would take them out.

We left from my house on snowmobiles and had a four or five kilometre ride out to where I wanted to fish at a main lake hump on Lake of the Woods.

Mid-Canada Boat Show set to go

After several weeks of being on the road, it was nice to return home last week to get back to some sort of routine and see my friends and family.

The weather has not greeted me all that well, with a bunch of snow to plow and frigid temperatures again this week, but hopefully the end is near with the harsh winter weather.

Conditions on lakes across Northwestern Ontario are not all that great right now if you like to ice-fish. Deep snow has created slush all over the place, causing havoc for snowmobiles and trucks alike.

The roller-coaster of fishing

The highs of competing in sports are a big part of the appeal to why we participate in them. It feels good to win, whether as part of a team or individually.

Of course, for every winner, there is always a loser—often many of them. Sometimes pride can be taken from a hard-fought loss but sometimes the feeling after a loss is helplessness.

Tough start in season opener

It was not the start to the Bassmaster Elite Series season that I was hoping for this past weekend at the St. John's River in Florida. After two days of fishing, I landed myself a 61st-place finish in the 75-angler field.

It was a really rough first day, when I only managed to put two bass in the boat and found myself sitting in 69th place. Day 2 went better as I wrangled up a five-fish limit weighing 14 pounds, nine oz. to save a few points at least.