Stewner wins again on Whitefish Bay

The 12th-annual Whitefish Bay Fall Classic bass tournament took place over the weekend in Sioux Narrows.
In what is becoming a trend for our fall tournaments on Lake of the Woods, Winnipeg angler Ted Stewner once again found himself atop the leaderboard after the two-day event.
Stewner, who usually fishes with his wife, Louise, was teamed up with friend, Steve Ellie, for this event and their consistency over two days was rewarded with a $5,000 first-place prize.
This tournament win comes just three weeks after winning the “Bassin’ For Bucks” tournament on the same water.
Stewner is an expert at catching bass out of deeper water. And when the majority of the fish get away from the bank and set up on deeper points and humps, he is very hard to beat.
The interesting thing is that he fishes out of a smaller 18-foot aluminum boat with a 90-h.p. tiller motor on it—a much smaller rig than many of the anglers are using.
This boat makes him very efficient at moving around on these offshore spots no matter what the weather conditions are. He’s constantly moving around looking for fish on his electronics and obviously has the baits dialed in—evident by his results.
Stewner and Ellie had a two-day total of 35.55 pounds of smallmouths.
Second place went to the team of Pat James and Dale Oien of Kenora. These guys also are excellent deep-water smallmouth anglers and fish out of a Lund Alaskan tiller boat, as well.
They finished up only a couple of ounces behind the winners.
Third place went to Jay Samsal and Darren Marcine, who were the leaders after Day 1 with 18.85 pounds but slipped a little bit on Day 2. Their Day 1 catch included the big smallmouth of the day—a 4.80-pounder.
On Day 2, the Sioux Narrows team of Joe Pritchett and Hiram Archibald brought in the biggest catch of the event—a 19-pound limit of smallmouths that also included the big smallmouth on the day (5.05 pounds).
They ended up fourth overall.
For Mike Reid and I, it was kind of a tough weekend. We were fortunate to catch the big largemouth on Day 1—a 5.55-pounder that anchored our 17-pound catch, but we were unable to find the big fish on Day 2 and brought in just 14 pounds to wind up eighth overall.
We mixed it up, spending our time fishing for both largemouths and smallmouths, shallow and deep. We likely would have had a better result had we just stuck to one program, but it’s hard when you have so many places to check that have been good in the past.
We still had a great time in the boat on the weekend.
The best catch from the weekend definitely was had by Paula Peacock on Day 2 when she reeled in a 4.85-pound largemouth while fishing with her husband, Josh, which was the big largemouth for that day.
Paula is six months’ pregnant right now, so it was great to see her out there fishing and taking money from all the guys!
The crew that organizes this tournament does a great job throughout the weekend. We had a great time, as always, and certainly will be back next year!
For those die-hard anglers looking for one more tournament to fish before our long winter sets in, a one-day tournament is going out of Kenora this Saturday at WSL Marina.
Coined the Frank McClymont Memorial Tournament, this event is a remembrance of Frank, who was one of the original bass tournament anglers in this part of the world and was friends with everybody who fished in tournaments across Sunset Country.
The take-off is at 8 am. on Saturday, with teams able to register prior to blast-off.

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