Last year Dave and I were fortunate enough to be invited to a local bass tournament in the Kingston area on Collins Lake. The tournament isn’t a huge one with between 10 and 25 people every year, but regardless of the size, the people are nice and the hosts always put on an amazing spread of authentic Portuguese delights. You can count on plenty of laughs and good times too boot!
Based on all the fun we had last year (not to mention Dave winning the tourney), we jumped at the chance when we received the invite again this year. Regardless of there being bigger tournaments out there, this one really focusses on the community aspect of the sport which plays a crucial role in why we returned this year.
The tournament started with drinks and poker at the hosts house followed by an early morning start at 6am out of the launch. Im not going to lie, this was “difficult” to do for many of the fisherman as the night was late one.
However, foggy as we were, Dave and I manned my the Green Machine and arrived at the launch followed closely by Jay, the participant who invited us.
Out of the gate the day started with a bang as I landed 4 solid bass weighing in between 1 lb 13 oz and 2lb 11oz each. This was a solid bag considering lasts years tough conditions and Dave’s win with only 7lb 15oz. But as the rules dictate, only two fish could be weighed in during the morning so two went back into the drink.
Dave started late into the fish but managed two decent 2 lb ers at about mid morning. We pulled the plug at noon and headed into the shore to weigh in and see how we fared. Things were looking good for me with my 4lb 13 two fish bag until Mark, another participant from Mississauga, came in to show us his whopping 3lb 4oz beast. It was a race, and Mark was winning with me trailing closely behind and Jay and Dave closely behind me.
We headed back out after a delicious sandwich prepared by Fantima with a renewed sense of competition and a satisfied belly.
It was anyone’s game and we all knew it.
The afternoon confirmed my worst fears, the fish had shut down and pickings were slim. I wasn’t able to fill my last two slots and wound up stagnant. However, Dave saddled up a swim bait rig he had been working on and managed two average size fish from some large weedy bays. Dave had his four fish and was now the front-runner with 7 lbs 12oz.
The following day had me tied up with family duties but most of the other participants made it back out. I am told Mark landed more fish to bring him to 6oz shy of Dave’s bag and Jay hooked, and unfortunately lost a 6lb beast.
At the end of the day Dave held onto his title and the trophy with a weight consistent with last years total. Koodos to Dave for thinking outside the box and to Jay and Mark for bringing such stiff competition. You guys are excellent fishermen whom id rather be fishing with than against any day of the week.
Pics posted below (please ignore my wild disheveled look. That’s the look of a man running on 4 hours of sleep and a few too many beers the night before).
(Above: The green machine at the weigh station)
All in all, a solid bass Derby with great folks. I am sure I speak for Dave when I say we are grateful for the chance to fish with such great people. Not to mention such healthy competition.
Cheers from the Wild