Last-minute entry claims Falls bass title

Last Monday, Scott Dingwall and Jeff Gustafson weren’t even sure where they would be fishing this weekend. But a last-minute decision proved to be fortuitous as the pair won the inaugural International Falls Bass Championship this past weekend.
Dingwall from Dryden and Gustafson from Kenora had originally planned to fish the Morson Bass Tournament taking place at the same time, but decided on Tuesday to take their chances across the river instead.
It turned out to be the right call.
The pair bested the field of 32 teams with a combined two-day weight of 27.73 pounds to claim the $5,000 US first prize.
After bringing in 13.74 pounds on Friday, the pair found themselves comfortably in fifth place, and combined with their 13.99 bag on Saturday, ended up with enough to claim the title.
Dingwall and Gustafson’s victory came by the narrowest of margins, however, as they barely squeezed out Steve Mattson of Nisswa, Mn. and Travis Peterson of Bemidji by a mere .62 pounds.
Dale LaBelle of Devlin and Karl Howells of Fort Frances finished third with a total weight of 25.76 pounds while Dallas Mosbeck of Emo and his partner, Mike Wilson of International Falls finished in seventh place.
After a strong start on Friday that left them in third place, the team of Doug McBride of Devlin and Tom Forstrom of International Falls faltered on Saturday and wound up 23rd overall, while Dwayne Pihulak of Fort Frances and Jason Kasprick of Keewatin finished well back in 28th place.
The tournament had a unique format in that it took place on both Rainy Lake and Rainy River. Each team spent one day on the river and one on the lake.
The weather proved to be a challenge on Saturday for those who were fishing Rainy Lake as rain squalls and wind gusts made the fishing tougher for most teams, but those fishing the river on Saturday said they were less effected by the weather.