Kyle Turgeon and Dave Byrnes thought they had hit one out of the park.
But the Day 1 leaders reached out and stole a certain victory away from the Fort Frances tandem.
Scott Anderson and Tim Donaghue of Bemidji, Mn. went wire-to-wire in winning the 2017 Morson Bass International over the weekend, pulling in a two-day haul of 36.46 pounds.
Anderson and Donaghue topped the 21-team field after Day 1 with a mark of 18.5 pounds, then came back with 17.96 on Day 2 to claim the $2,100 first-place cheque.
Turgeon and Byrnes were sitting ninth after an opening with 14.13 pounds.
But the pair had eyes popping and jaws dropping with their tourney-high bag of 20.10 pounds on Saturday to burst into the lead with 34.23.
Thanks to the largest smallmouth bass of the weekend (4.72), Turgeon and Byrnes held onto top spot for as long as they could–only to watch Anderson and Donaghue unseat them as the final team to weigh in.
Coel and Paul Forsyth (Kenora) moved up two spots to third overall after their 18.49-pound haul on Day 2 left them with 33.92.
This year’s Emo Walleye Classic champs, Morson’s Oliver Gibbins and Les Morrison of Baudette, Mn., shot up from 10th to fourth with a 19.03-pound bag for a total of 32.90.
Gibbins and Morrison reeled in the biggest fish of the tournament–a 4.83-pounder that also was the top largemouth catch.
Pat Gibbins and Felicity Jack (Morson) slipped from third after Day 1 to fifth with the only other total over 30 pounds (32.34).
Pat and Caleb Handorgan (Morson) also dropped in the standings, going from second to sixth (29.78).
Taking seventh place was Mark Pentney and Peter Tiboni of Rainy River (29.29), followed by Mike Graham and Paul Visser from Fort Frances (28.46).
Ninth place belonged to Clarence Gibbins Jr. and Clarence Gibbins Sr. of Morson (27.83).
The team of Rainy River’s Fred Foulger and Dick Byrnes of Fort Frances rounded out the top 10 (26.60).
For more information, go to the event website at www.morsonbass.com or on its Facebook page (Morson Bass International).