‘KidPro’ tourney a success

Fishing has been fun this past week on Rainy Lake. I’ve been here since Friday (July 15) getting ready for the annual Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.
My partner, John Peterson, and I have been pre-fishing long hours trying to locate the winning school of fish for the tournament this coming weekend.
On Sunday, I once again took part in the annual “KidPro” event that has become a tradition for me and many of the other anglers who take part in the FFCBC.
Tournament anglers are matched up with a kid for a day of bass fishing on Rainy Lake. The kids pre-register and must take a course on things they need to know in the boat—how to fish for bass, tie lures on their lines, and how to cast in a safe manner, as well as general fishing etiquette.
No fish actually are brought in to be weighed. Instead, they are measured and a conversion formula determines the weight of the fish.
The largest three bass are counted in their catch. The kids are fishing for trophies and some great prizes.
It really is a great event because not only does it introduce kids to competitive fishing, they get to be part of the bass tournament that is a huge week-long event in Fort Frances. They also are very well-instructed in the course they take before their day of fishing.
I’ve participated in the “KidPro” for the past six or seven years and all the kids I’ve been paired up with are great anglers.
This year, I actually was partnered with two kids, Dylan Wallace and Austin Strome. There was little wind on Sunday, so we all threw topwater baits for most of the day.
Not only are they fun to use, they consistently produce great results on Rainy Lake.
We caught about 25 bass on Sunday, which was a good day. We all caught our share and both boys had a good finish in the tournament.
About 20 teams took part in the “KidPro” this year, which is good, but hopefully next year we can get a few more teams to participate. The kids have a great time and most probably enjoy the best day of fishing they’ve ever had.
So far this has been a fun week in Fort Frances. This tournament is a top-notch event that I would not miss for anything as it creates a buzz in town that is just fun to be a part of.
As I write this, John and I have a day-and-a-half left to explore Rainy Lake in search of the biggest bass we can find before the tournament starts tomorrow morning (July 21).
The weigh-ins start at 3:30 p.m. each day, and Saturday should be particularly interesting given the new format this year.
See you down at the arena.

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