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.