Nixon wins ‘Kid Pro’ tourney

Angel Nixon, 11, won the ninth-annual Kid Pro Tournament yesterday to officially kick off the festivities at the Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship.
Nixon, fishing with FFCBC veterans Luc Levesque and Marcel Meloche, bested 26 other teams to capture the title with a three-fish total weight of 12.23 pounds.
“I thought maybe a second or a third [place finish],” Nixon said when asked if she’d known her weight was going to be enough to win.
“I was stunned,” she recalled feeling when emcee Paul Morrison called her name as the overall winner of the one-day tournament, open to youngsters aged 10-14.
“It’s just really delightful,” she added.
Nixon narrowly edged out Shelby Holden who, fishing with Dennis and Glenn Smith, caught a three-fish total weight of 12.10 pounds.
Holden’s total was helped by the largest fish caught during the event—a five-pound lunker.
Phoebe Ann Firth took third spot with her partners, Bill York and Lorne McNay. That trio finished the tournament with a total weight of 11.93 pounds.
Rounding out the top five were James McKiel with his partners, Chip Leer and Jeff Gustafson, and Ashley Monture with pros Mike and LeRoy Wilson.
McKiel’s team caught a three-fish total weight of 11.90 pounds while Monture’s boat netted 10.20 pounds of bass.
In addition to the honour of having her name added to the Kid Pro Tournament trophy, Nixon received a medal, a new fishing rod, and first choice of any one of a number of donated prizes.
Nixon also will have the privilege of returning to the awards presentation ceremony next year, at which point she’ll be given a wood carving resembling one of the fish she caught yesterday.
Carvers will use a photo taken of Nixon’s best fish to create the wooden replica.
Each of the kid anglers were given a disposable camera by tournament organizers prior to departing yesterday morning.
The teams were asked to use the cameras to document any of the fish they caught during the day.
A random draw was held for the rest of the donated prizes following the award presentations for the top three teams.