Sharp, O’Connor claim KBI crown

Ryan Stelter
Kenora Miner and News

Jon O’Connor and Byron Sharp won the 32nd-annual Kenora Bass International with an impressive final day on Lake of the Woods over the weekend.
O’Connor from Lorette, Man. and Sharp from Stratton, finished in top spot after Day 2 and knocked off 2018 champions Scott Andersen and Craig Peterson of Bemidji, Mn. with their 19.14-pound final day to give them a three-day total of 55.79 pounds.
“We were really surprised by our weight we thought we had 18 ¼ and that’s it,” O’Connor said. “It was a struggle all day, it’s one of those things where we got lucky and got on top.”
O’Connor and Sharp hauled in 17.90 pounds on Day 1 and 18.75 pounds on Day 2, saving their best for last.
“It feels pretty fricken good,” Sharp said of wining the KBI.
O’Connor and Sharp won the 2015 edition of the tournament.
“To win it again is huge, the field is so competitive right now it’s unreal,” O’Connor said. “To win it twice in the last four years is incredible.”
The pair pulled in $18,222.22 in winnings, Sharp said he plans to “invest it in fishing stuff.”
Coel and Paul Forsyth of Kenora, who finished in ninth after two days of fishing, held the top spot until Andersen and Peterson came up to weigh. The Forsyths finished third with 53.79 pounds over three days, their 19.58-pound third day was the biggest haul of the tournament.
Adam Bachynski and Andrew Beernaert of Keewatin finished in fourth with a three-day total of 52.50 pounds.
Oliver and Jason Gibbins from Morson brought in the biggest fish of the weekend, catching a largemouth bass weighing in at a whopping 6.53 pounds.
Local anglers won this year’s “Local vs. The World” challenge, with the locals hauling in 250.74 pounds compared to the world’s 243.67 pounds.
Here are the top 10 weights from the 2019 Kenora Bass International:
Jon O’Connor and Byron Sharp–55.79 pounds
Scott Andersen and Craig Peterson–54.39 pounds
Coel Forsyth and Paul Forsyth–53.79 pounds
Adam Bachynski and Andrew Beernaert–52.5 pounds
Oliver Gibbins and Jason Gibbins–51.76 pounds
Scott Dingwall and Jay Samsal–51.68 pounds
Aaron Wiebe and Peter Tully–51.46 pounds
Nathan Brigham and Brett Meyers–51.35 pounds
Wade Cox and Darren Marcine–51.05 pounds
Bill Godin (Devlin) and Leroy Wilson (International Falls)–50.68 pounds