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Jeff Gustafson - Livewell

Life on the road is mostly fun

I write my column this week from the shores of Lake Fork, Tex.—one of the most famous bass fisheries in the world.

I left Kenora on Sept. 12 to fish in the FLW Tour bass tournament at Wheeler Lake, Ala. I’m taking in two events on this trip, with the final FLW Tour Open of 2012 taking place next week at the Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Texas.

Anglers are allowed to hit the water on Rayburn to begin practicing this Sunday (Oct. 7).

Thanks for all the memories, Frank

A few weeks ago our region lost a great dude that many of you probably knew, Frank McClymont.

Those of you that like to fish surely knew Frank because he was active in all aspects of the fishing industry around Sunset Country for many years, whether it was participating in area fishing tournaments, helping out with charity events to get people on the water that otherwise might not have the opportunity and he was always willing to use his experience to help educate others on how to catch all species of fish.

‘Smallies’ the key for Bassin’ champs

Some 114 teams hit Lake of the Woods this past weekend to take part in the 16th-annual Bassin’ For Bucks tournament in Sioux Narrows.

This event is the favourite of many anglers across the region for a number of reasons—and this year didn’t disappoint.

People love the format, which rewards teams for daily catches as well as aggregate totals, they enjoy spending time in Sioux Narrows (one of the most laid-back communities anywhere), and the fishing usually is really good.

Lots of options with trolling motors

Over the past 30 years, one piece of boating equipment has become a staple for serious anglers: trolling motors.

Mounted on either the bow or the stern of the boat, trolling motors provide anglers with a silent motor that allows them to sneak up on fish and have much better boat control in many situations than they would have with a regular gas motor.

People ask me about trolling motors all the time, with frequent questions being what size do I need for my boat, should I get a bow- or rear-mounted model, and how long of a shaft do I need?

Plenty of ups and downs in tournament fishing

If you’ve ever fished in any type of competitive event, you surely will have experienced the ups and downs that go along with this activity.

Tournament fishing can be highly-stressful when things don’t go right, yet they also can give you the highest of highs when things work out and you catch big fish.

I spent last week in Detroit, Mich. fishing in the second of four FLW Tour Open tournaments that I am doing this year.

Back on FLW tour

One thing about where we live in Sunset Country is if you like to spend time in the outdoors, there isn’t a much better place to be.

In fact, you couldn’t pay me to live anywhere else. I just love everything about Lake of the Woods and Rainy Lake too much! Not to mention all of the smaller lakes and rivers across the region, which offer endless opportunities for doing anything you could imagine on the water.

The only problem we have is that the summer goes by way too fast!

Back on the FLW tour

One thing about where we live in Sunset Country is if you like to spend time in the outdoors, there isn’t a much better place to be.

In fact, you couldn’t pay me to live anywhere else. I just love everything about Lake of the Woods and Rainy Lake too much! Not to mention all of the smaller lakes and rivers across the region, which offer endless opportunities for doing anything you could imagine on the water.

The only problem we have is that the summer goes by way too fast!

25th KBI in the books

When the Kenora Bass International tournament began back in 1988, I don’t think that Doug Bishop and the rest of his crew who started the event really pictured what the Harbourfront in Kenora would look like on the second weekend in August a quarter-century later.

I do know that they would be proud if they were there this past Saturday because it was quite a sight to see the new White Cap Pavilion Tent absolutely packed for the final weigh-in.

A little about Lake of the Woods

This weekend is going to be a special one for bass anglers across the region as the Shaw Kenora Bass International tournament starts tomorrow (Aug. 9) on Lake of the Woods.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Sunset Country’s original bass tournament. When the KBI started back in 1988, organizers initially wanted to run a walleye tournament on the lake but at the recommendation of Gord Pyzer and other Ministry of Natural Resources employees, a bass tournament was started.

The rest is history.

Long-time FFCBC ‘bridesmaids’ finally come through

Anglers from all over North America converged on Rainy Lake last week for the 18th-annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship presented by Sunset Country Ford.

And as is usually the case at this premier fishing tournament, everything went great throughout the entire weekend.

When everything was said and done Saturday afternoon, it was the American duo of Mark Raveling and Mike Luhman who stood atop the leaderboard.