Sioux Narrows duo wins ‘Last Chance’

Forty teams took part in the Shoal Lake “Last Chance” bass tournament over the weekend, with anglers enjoying some excellent fall weather during both days of the event.
It is amazing more folks don’t fish this tournament as it is some of the best fishing of the entire year on one of the best bass fisheries in the world.
Weights were solid over the weekend, with Sioux Narrows anglers Joe Pritchett and Hiram Archibald taking home first place with a two-day total topping 40 pounds.
The duo took the lead on Day 1 with a 20.69-pound haul—the largest of the tournament—and then added 19.63 on Day 2 to seal the victory.
They weighed in limits of smallmouths each day, and Archibald confessed that “we caught over 60 fish each day and most of them were shallower than they normally are this time of year, in less than 10 feet of water.”
“On the first day, we had over 19 pounds in the livewell in the first hour, so that was pretty awesome,” he added. “We didn’t get to pre-fish this week, so catching those big fish early really showed us what we had to do for the rest of the weekend.”
My partner, Dennis Favreau, and I finished second and had an awesome weekend of fishing. We had two really solid catches, including 20.24 pounds on the first day and 19.37 pounds on Day 2.
We spent a lot of our time largemouth fishing—and it paid off. On Day 1, I reeled in the largest bass I’ve ever caught in a tournament—a 5.24-pound largemouth that won big bass of the day, so that made my weekend.
For the record, I caught it on a Northland Jungle Jig tipped with a Brush Beaver trailer.
Third and fourth place went to couples teams of Darren Marcine and Sarah Macdougall of Kenora, and Ted and Louise Stewner of Winnipeg.
Marcine and Macdougall had the big fish on Day 2 (a 5.18-pound largemouth). They also were the only team to break the 20-pound mark on the second day with a catch of 20.52 pounds.
Dean Smith and Pat James brought in the second-heaviest catch on Day 1 at 20.33 pounds and finished sixth overall.
One of my friends from Minnesota told me a couple of years ago that anytime you get a four-pound average, “You’re a stud,” and he is right. It is really hard to break 20 pounds for five bass, no matter where you fish, so congratulations to all the teams that did it this past weekend.
There is one tournament left on the 2008 Northwestern Ontario bass trail—LaBelle’s Fall Classic on Rainy Lake that will take place this coming weekend. The weights are usually really big at this event, so look for multiple 20-pound plus bags per day.
Most of the fish usually re deep by the time this tournament rolls around every year, so the guys that are running tiller model boats have a bit of an advantage if the wind blows because they can sit on offshore humps a lot easier than anglers who are fishing with bow mount trolling motors.
In fact, the tournament has been won five times in six years by teams using tiller boats. I’m hoping that changes this year!

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