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Border City Classic results

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The weather held up for us, and the fish were biting on both sides of the border. The participation from the Americans doubled from last year and though they made it close, Bob Forster's last minute entry wasn't enough to catch the 59 7/8” total of the Canadian anglers, so the “Border City Classic Challenge Cup” stayed with on the Canadian side.

The torrential rains the day before and the northeast winds were not enough to shut down the fish. Maybe it was the mass of fish fly larvae rising from the bottom that kept the fish biting.

Last year’s second place finisher Kyle Moxon chose to fish the break walls on the Detroit River, and took first place with a three-fish total of 59 1/4”. Kyle also won Biggest Bass with a 20 1/8” fish. For his effort, in addition to the BCC plaque he won a Kokatat “Angler” suit donated by Kokatat, a “Helios” spinning reel donated by Savage Gear/Okuma High Performance, and sunglasses donated by Hobie Polarized.

Kyle Moxon 1st place

Stefan Jackson (the 2011 BCC winner) fished Lake St. Clair and finished in second place with 58” of bass. He also took home an Okuma reel and Hobie Polarized sunglasses.

Stefan Jackson 2nd place

Mark Stackhouse fished the American side of Lake St. Clair and took third spot with 56 1/2”. Mark received an Okuma reel and Hobie Polarized sunglasses.

Mark Stackhouse 3rd

In a new category this year, Jeff Hunt could have won with either his gar pike or carp that were both well over 30”. Jeff was rewarded with a Scotty triple rod holder.

Jeff Hunt

Karen Poole from Woodstock, ON, was ecstatic when her name was drawn for the Jackson Kayak “Cuda 12”. Judging by the picture, her husband Dave was just as excited.

Karen Poole

Bob Forster from St. Clair Shores, MI, couldn't believe it when his name was called to take home the Hobie “Revolution 13”.

Bob Forster

Special thanks to:

Julie Nowicki, for taking pictures and helping with the dinner and awards; Greg Soulliere, for providing his power boat and taking Julie out on the water; Holly Arnold and Ellen Marshall, for their help getting things organized and set up; and the Riverside Sportsmens Club, for their hospitality and allowing out-of-town participants to camp on the grounds.

Mike Malone from Pelee Wings has provided kayaks for our participants who do not own a kayak for three years of the BCC, and shows up at 6am to help anglers get set up and out on the water. Happy Days also provides a few kayaks for the event. Both of these local businesses are doing their part in growing the sport of kayak angling in Essex and Kent counties.

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Richard Ofner

Richard Ofner started fishing in the fall of 2008 from a kayak, targeting all freshwater species. He has fished all over the Great Lakes Region from Lake Michigan, Lake Superior to the French River,  and Bay of Quinte in Eastern Ontario. Taking advantage of all the opportunities Southwestern Ontario has to offer, Richard seeks out trophy Muskie, Walleye and Bass which can all be caught minutes away from where he lives.  The last few years Richard has ventured into Kentucky, Louisiana, and Texas participating in several Kayak Fishing Tournaments.

He has organized the Border City Classic, in Windsor, Ontario which has grown to become one of  the Great Lakes Region’s largest Kayak Fishing Events. It is also one of the Hobie World Qualifiers since 2014. 

During the winter months where he can't get on the water he will do seminars, work fishing and boat shows, and write for blogs to help promote the areas vast resource of fishing opportunities and helping others to discover the sport of kayak fishing. Taking videos and pictures on the water of other people fishing in kayaks has also expanded into his kayak fishing experience.  
As a Hobie Fishing Team Member you may see Richard out in one of his Mirage Driven Kayaks mainly targeting Walleye, Bass, and Muskie, and will travel a few hours to target Salmon, Trout, and Sturgeon.

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