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‘River Rats’ win Falls tourney

The 12th-annual International Falls Bass Championship took place over the weekend on Rainy Lake and the Rainy River—and another successful event is in the books.

A full field of 60 teams showed up again this year to participate in the event, and several tournament records were set by eventual winners Nathan Brigham and Brett Meyers of Emo.

This tournament has a unique format in that anglers spend one day fishing on Rainy Lake and one day on the Rainy River—two totally different bodies of water.

Fishing with a legend on Rainy Lake

When it became a reality a few years ago that I would get the chance to fish the Walmart FLW Tour bass tournament circuit, it really was a dream come true for me.

Competing on a big stage against the best bass anglers in the world was something I had wanted to do for a long time and, thankfully, great sponsor support has allowed me to get to do it.

While there certainly has been some sacrifice in travelling around the U.S. all year to fish in bass tournaments, the opportunities that have come from my doing this—and the friends that I’ve made—have been a blessing, for sure.

Fishing action heating up

After a week of some of the worst fishing I’ve ever seen in my life down in Alabama, it was nice to be back at home in Northwestern Ontario to go fishing over the past week.

I was on the water a bunch, with a couple of guide trips, a couple of days filming new episodes of my TV program, “Fishing with Gussy,” and a couple of days fishing with friends.

I can tell you one thing: we are so lucky that we have such great fishing right across Sunset Country!

Great week at Forrest Wood Cup

After a whirlwind past week in Alabama, it sure is nice to be back at home in Northwest Ontario.

Tough fishing and unbelievably hot weather were the themes of the week for me down at Wheeler Lake, but despite my poor finish in the tournament, 44th out of the 50 boat field, my first Forrest Wood Cup experience was pretty awesome.

This tournament featured the same format as the rest of the FLW Tour events that I fished throughout the year except there were only 50 anglers competing in this event and first place was $300,000.

Best bets for KBI

This week’s column is coming to you from the road as I travel south to Wheeler Lake in Alabama to compete in the Forrest Wood Cup, the championship event of the FLW Tour.

My Dad is with me this week so while he is driving I can to pound away on a keyboard!

Busy weekend of bass fishing

This past weekend was a busy one for competitive bass anglers across Northwestern Ontario.

The 22nd-annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship took place on Rainy Lake while up in Kenora, the 10th-annual Bronzeback Classic took place on Lake of the Woods.

Both events had fields of over 100 teams and were successful once again.

Plenty going on around Sunset Country

For those of us across Northwestern Ontario who like to fish, the summer goes by way too fast.

Already nearing the halfway point, it’s almost depressing.

But that being said, there still are plenty of good days ahead for us to look forward to.

After a weekend off without any tournaments, two big events are coming up this weekend. Up in Kenora, the 10th-annual Bronzeback Classic is taking place on Lake of the Woods.

A full field of 100 boats is signed up to try and win some money.

Fun time once again at Shoal Lake tournament

The Shoal Lake Big Bass Classic has been going on at the Shoal Lake #39 First Nation since the early ’90s.

One of the longest-running competitive fishing events in Northwestern Ontario, this tournament always is well-attended because everybody loves to fish the lake.

Good numbers of fish, clear water, and some nice scenery are the main attractions.

While several individuals have been in charge of running this tournament over the years, Vernon Fair and Randy Paishk have been getting the entry forms out and making the tournament happen for the past few years.

Busy weekend on the water

It was a busy weekend on the water across Northwest Ontario as beautiful weather combined with the long weekend seemed to bring everybody to the lake.

The Lake Despair “Castin’ for Cash” tournament took place on Friday and Saturday while the second-annual Kenora Walleye Open took place on Lake of the Woods Saturday and Sunday, so anglers looking to compete in a tournament had some options.

My friend, Sean McAughey, and I traveled down to Lake Despair on Thursday last week to partake in the bass tournament there.

It’s tournament time in Sunset Country

The final FLW Tour regular-season event wrapped up this past weekend down at Lake Champlain, N.Y. and while I had a good tournament, ending up in 29th place, I fell a little short of winning the coveted Angler-of-the-Year title I have been mentioning over the past few weeks.

In the end, the leader headed into this final event, Tennessee angler Andy Morgan, capped off a great season with a 13th-place finish to win the AOY award (his third time winning it in the past four seasons).