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2014 Border City Classic

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The 2014 Border City Classic is now history. Eighty two kayak anglers took to the water to compete in the fourth annual BCC. Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River didn't disappoint the dedicated field of kayak anglers, some of whom came from as far as Edmonton, AB, Ottawa, ON, and Fort Wayne, IN. 

The first three years, the three-fish total couldn't break the 60”mark, coming within eighths of an inch each year. This year, more than twenty anglers brought in totals of 50”or more.

Kyle Moxon, the 2013 BCC winner, repeated this year with a three-fish total of 62 ¾”. Kyle earned the right to represent Canada at the Hobie Fishing World Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands later this year. Kyle worked hard for his three best bass, starting throwing tubes on the Detroit River, where he caught some good fish. He packed up his kayak and moved to the mid-Detroit River in LaSalle, ON where he didn't improve his catch. His third location was very near where Adam McKay fished all day. Using a blue-and-silver hard minnow bait, Kyle upgraded his total inches.

Adam McKay from Toronto finished in second place. Adam fished Lake St. Clair for the first time - about four miles east of the mouth of the Detroit River - using tubes and hard lures. He caught two of his best fish in the first hour, and his largest at 2pm.

Dario Vera, also from the Toronto area, earned third place. Dario stuck to the same area all day, just east of the river, and used a tube-and-jig combination. He also caught his best three fish throughput the day, landing his largest at 4pm.

Last year's third-place winner, Mark Stackhouse from Indiana, took fourth place and $500 cash for being the highest-finishing American angler. Mark used a homemade jig with a black plastic bait all day, fishing the same area of the American side of Lake St. Clair that he did last year.

The event was capped off with dinner and awards at the Riverside Sportsmen Club, where a Hobie “Outback Mirage” was raffled off to Mark Mrozinski of Windsor, ON. The Jackson “SUPerFISHal” went to Craig Hefner of Michigan.

The results show that anyone could fish this event and catch fish on the popular Lake St. Clair and Detroit River. Keep an eye for next year's event as the Border City Classic continues to grow.

Last modified on Monday, 07 July 2014 21:59
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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