Sunday, December 21, 2014

Fort angler wins KBI

Bryan Gustafson experienced the cruel side of competitive fishing in his hometown tournament last month.
Now the Fort Frances angler has seen the kinder side.

Gustafson didn’t let a big lead after Day 2 evaporate again as he and teammate Jamie Bruce of Kenora had a three-day total weight of 51.16 pounds to win the 27th-annual Kenora Bass International and $25,000 on Saturday.
Gustafson had watched the Fort Frances Bass Canadian Championship title slip through his fingers by a mere .22 pounds last month after leading by 2.78 pounds entering the final day.
After a Day 1 effort of 16 pounds to open the KBI on Thursday, Gustafson and Bruce went wild on Day 2—catching what would be the biggest fish (5.68 pounds) and the biggest bag (20.69).
That gave them a 2.73-pound lead entering Saturday against the same person who caught him at the FFCBC: Kenora’s Jeff Gustafson.
But while Gustafson and Bruce had a slower final day with 14.47 pounds, “Gussy” and his partner, Chris Savage of Keewatin, struggled even more with only 11.23 to plummet to 19th place with a 45.19-pound total.
Oliver and Jason Gibbons of Sleeman made the best run at Gustafson and Bruce, but their Day 3 mark of 17.50 left them exactly half-a-pound short of the winners (50.66).
Troy Norman of Fort Frances and Kenora’s Jay Samsal, who wound up sixth at the FFCBC, bettered that placing by winding up third (49.72) after having the top haul on Saturday of 18.64 pounds.
Luc Levesque (Fort Frances) and teammate Trevor McQuay (Atikokan) wound up 43rd overall (42.57) while the all-Fort combination of Mike Graham and Paul Visser were 54th (41.64).
Defending champs Bill Godin and Ralph Galusha from Devlin had a tough go of things this year, finishing well back in 77th (39.26).

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