The 9th annual Bronzeback Classic smallmouth bass tournament took place on July 25 and 26 in Kenora, Ontario. The rules for this two day tournament are that each two -person team has to be comprised of either one male and one female or an adult and a youth under 17 years old. Each team is allowed to bring in their five biggest bass to be weighed in each day.
Among the 100 teams entered this year were Mark and Anna Walker from Winnipeg. The husband and wife duo spend many summer days on the water in Ontario chasing these scrappy hard-fighting fish. Anna shared that they had a really good first day as they were able to hook into a few monster fish to have them sitting in 23rd place. Their second day weight wasn’t nearly as good, although they did have a few big fish on the line but didn’t get them in. They finished the event in 52nd place with 25.69lbs.
Divine and I entered this event for the first time this year. This was Divine’s first ever bass tournament and she was able to hold her own, catching well over 30 bass for the weekend. We had trouble finding a good number of the big heavy bass needed to challenge for the title at a competitive event like this. In the end we had a combined two-day total weight of 24.79lbs which put us in 61st place. The winning team brought in a tournament record breaking 32.53lbs of smallmouth bass!