Norman, Carlson tops at ‘Bassin’ For Bucks’


Troy Norman has been all about that bass this year.
It’s been a fishing season to remember for the Fort Frances resident, who paired up with Andy Carlson of Emo to capture first place at the 22nd-annual “Bassin’ For Bucks” tournament in Sioux Narrows over the weekend.
The duo had a total three-day weight of 47.52 pounds.
After Norman teamed with Kenora’s Jay Samsal to win their second-straight Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship in July, it was Carlson’s turn to share in the success.
Norman and Carlson were tied for 13th after Day 1 but surged to second place after a 17.93-pound haul on Day 2.
Their Day 3 mark of 13.35 might have sunk them in other situations.
But when Day 2 leaders Jamie Bruce and Edwin Perrier of Kenora only came up with 8.30 pounds themselves to sink all the way down to 14th place, that put the first-place cheque of $6,000 into the hands of Norman and Carlson.
Matt Rydberg and Brian McNanney of Sioux Narrows made a late push to vault into second place (46.75).
Taking third was Keewatin’s Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson and Kenora’s Mike Reid (46.69) while Trevor Gudreyan and Darren Goodridge were fourth (46.29).
Kenora’s Scott Dingwall and Samsal wound up in fifth (46.17), followed by Darren Neniska and Clay Lajeunesse (46.09) and Dean Smith and Jim Gustafson (46.012).
Neniska and Lajeunesse had the big fish of the tournament–a 6.06-pound largemouth caught on Day 3.
Tim Strempler and Terry McClymont used the biggest bag of the tourney–19.38 pounds on Day 3–to finish in eighth (45.13).
Hiram Archibald and Joe Pritchett took ninth (15.60) while Sean Hughes and Chris Savage rounded out the top 10 (44.53).