Byfuglien enjoyed his first FFCBC
Although the end result was not quite what he was hoping for, the overall experience for Winnipeg Jets’ blueliner Dustin Byfuglien at the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship last week was one he won’t soon forget.
Byfuglien, who won the Stanley Cup in 2010 as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks, teamed up with Josh Meyers of International Falls for the weekend and ended up finishing in 24th place in the third division.
“The fishing was tough out there with the weather changes and everything, and that made things a little harder out there,” he noted.
“But I still had fun and hopefully next year we can do better.”
Byfuglien and Meyers weighed in 10.90 pounds on Day 1 of the tournament to put themselves in 59th position, just four spots back of the defending FFCBC champions, Dorian Lindholm and Bill Wilcox.
But the second day of the tournament on Friday did not go according to plans. The pair ended up with no fish due to issues with their boat.
“On the second day we ended up suffering some motor problems,” Meyers explained.
“It was just a case of bad luck, I guess, but we happened to get it fixed right away and we were able to get back out there for Day 3,” Byfuglien added.
As it turned out, Saturday was not quite as successful as Thursday for the duo as they only totalled 7.19 pounds. But it still was an enjoyable time on the water for both anglers.
“It was fun and we both had a real good time,” Meyers said.
“It was just kind of neat to go out and do the competitive thing. And although we obviously would have liked to have done better than we did, that’s just a part of fishing,” he reasoned.
“To fish with Josh was a lot of fun as I always enjoy fishing with him, and that’s why I wanted to do it,” Byfuglien said.
“Hopefully, next year we can figure things out and do a little better,” he stressed.
Byfuglien also made a point to thank the town for its warmth and hospitality during the tournament.
“It’s been good and the town puts on a really good tournament,” he remarked.
“I look forward to coming back here and making this a yearly thing.”
And while Byfuglien signed numerous hats and T-shirts, and also posed for photos with the crowd on Saturday, no one came up to him in search of the hottest hockey item in Winnipeg at the moment.
“I don’t think I’ve had anyone ask me about how to get Jets’ tickets this weekend,” he smiled.