It was good times for “Gussy” and his partner just across the border.
Keewatin’s Jeff Gustafson and Scott Dingwall of Kenora routed the rest of the 60-team field at the 2017 International Falls Bass Championship over the weekend, winning by almost five pounds with a two-day catch of 43 pounds even to claim their fourth IFBC crown.
Gustafson and Dingwall brought in 21.70 on Day 1 to lead Jake Ruelle and Charlie LeDuc of the Falls (19.36).
Then they widened the gap with a haul of 21.30 on Day 2 compared to 18.66 for Ruelle and LeDuc, which left them in second place (38.02).
Jon Balaski and Chad Olson of the Falls took third placed (35.48) while Devlin’s Bill Godin was the highest finisher from Rainy River District as he teamed up with Kenora’s Dave Lindsay to finish fourth (33.95).
The Fort tandem of Dan Tucker and Jason Cain rounded out the top five (32.46).
Another Fort team, brothers Devin and Travis Stromness, were just behind in sixth (32.21), with Jim Woods of the Falls and Luc Levesque of the Fort in seventh (31.08).
Chad Budde and Scott Thompson of the Falls grabbed eighth spot (30.77), with John Janousek and Brandon Cizek of Brainerd, Mn. taking ninth (29.18).
Travis and Craig Peterson (Bemidji, Mn.) rounded out the top 10 (29.12).
The IFBC features a format where half the field fishes Rainy Lake and the other half fishes the Rainy River on Day 1.
Then they switch for Day 2.