This event, deliberately scheduled on the Manitoba open water season opener, marks the beginning of the tournament season in Central Canada. The first tournament on the Manitoba Bass Anglers association’s schedule, it’s unique in that no competitors can pre-fish Falcon Lake as the season is still closed until tournament day. Combined with quite often difficult post-winter /pre-spawn bass, this tournament can test even the most seasoned bass angler’s mettle. This is also the Kick-off tournament for the MBA Amateur Bass Trail.
For more information about this year’s tournament go to the Manitoba Bass Anglers website.
Photos by: Marcel Laferriere
The local 2015 fishing tournament season kicked off with the annual Falcon Lake Bass Classic hosted by the Manitoba Bass Anglers Association. An earlier ice out this spring combined with stable weather leading up to tourney day led to unprecedented weights brought in to the scale this year. A total of 12 teams scored in double digits in pounds weighed which is well above average for an event notorious for being a very difficult fish. The winning team of Steve Sasaki and Garther Cheung beat out a talented field and ran away with the title bringing in a near perfect 14.65 lbs. Considering the Manitoba regulations of only two bass per team over 40cm, the feat is nothing short of astounding. “It truly was a dream tournament,” beamed Sasaki. “We caught the two 4lbers early and then we were able to round out the limit with three perfect slots”. In second place was the Kenora team of Cabela’s Pro Jay Samsal and Darren Marcine. Rounding out the top 3 only a fraction of a pound behind was the veteran team of St. Croix Pro Tim Strempler and Terry McClymont.