Out and about on the water

With all the great weather we’ve had recently, it’s safe to say that summer is here.
Hopefully, everybody has been able to get out on the water and take in some of the great fishing we have across the Sunset Country region.
I spend most of my days in June guiding anglers from all over the place who come to visit our area. It allows me to spend a bunch of time on the water and it keeps the cash flow going before I get busy fishing in tournaments later in the season.
This past weekend, my brother, Ben, and I fished in a one-day bass tournament at Westhawk Lake, just over the border in Manitoba. Some 18 teams took part in the tournament put on by the Manitoba Bass Anglers Club.
It was the first time we have fished together in a tournament in more than 10 years, so it was fun for both of us.
And we did well, ending up with a second-place finish. First place went to Terry McClymont and Tim Strempler.
The annual Dryden Walleye Masters tournament, meanwhile, goes this coming weekend on Wabigoon Lake. The Town of Dryden puts on a great event and expects to have a full field of 125 teams.
Troy Norman and I are hooking up for this tournament for the second year in a row, and will be looking to improve on our 20th-place finish from last year.
Wabigoon is a great lake to host a walleye tournament because it is a shallow body of water so fish are not being taken out of deep water that will stress them. As well, you can catch walleyes here using nearly any conceivable method.
The fishing is very good (look for my full tournament report next week).
In other tournament news, there is a great promotion going on this summer at the region’s three biggest events courtesy of the folks from Shimano and G. Loomis fishing rods.
At the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship, the Shaw Kenora Bass International, and the “Bassin’ For Bucks” tournaments, Shimano is offering significant prizes for the top finishing team that qualifies for the Shimano Platinum Angler program.
Purchase a Shimano rod, reel, and two spools of new Power Pro Super Slick line at an area dealer and you will qualify.
If you win one of these events, you will earn a $1,500 gift card for the store where you purchased the equipment.
If the winner is not Platinum Angler qualified, then the highest finishing team will earn a $1,000 gift card.
The G. Loomis Skeleton Challenge will award $1,500 to a qualified angler at each event if they catch the overall big fish of the tournament. To qualify, purchase any G. Loomis rod at an area dealer.
To qualify for each of these promotions, anglers must purchase their rods, reels, and line before July 1 and then send in the entry forms provided by the area dealers.
Figure 8 Baits in Kenora and The Great Bear in Fort Frances both have full line selections of both Shimano and G. Loomis products.
Enjoy the long days we have right now and get out on the water!