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