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2015 Border City Classic Results

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This year's Border City Classic ended up being extreme kayak fishing at its best, without sharks, alligators, or tides to contend with. Over 30 mph winds - gusting close to 50 mph - and 3.5”of rain did not keep the field of 122 anglers from getting out on the water. They also uploaded over 200 bass to iAngler.

In its fifth year, this was the worst weather the BCC has had to contend with, and Lake St. Clair still didn't disappoint. With the strong northeast winds in the forecast, a couple of additional launches were added before the tournament to help the anglers find sheltered water and get away from the wind. The Mitchell's Bay launch on the Canadian side of Lake St. Clair was the popular choice, where five of the top ten anglers fished.

This included Tim Percy of Belle River, ON (aka Mighty Mouse) who took top spot with a three-bass total of 55.75”. David Lesar of Macomb, MI finished second with a 54”total. Both will have the opportunity to represent their countries at the 2015 Hobie Fishing World Championships in China this fall.

The BCC Challenge Cup was once again won by the Canadian anglers, with the Americans closing the gap from previous years. There were seventy one Canadians versus fifty one American anglers, which is a closer ratio than 2014 where there were just over twenty American anglers. Having a separate venue in Metro Detroit for the after event dinner and awards helped to attract a larger American participation.

With live scoring for kayak bass tournaments becoming popular, the iAngler App was a successful addition to the Border City Classic, which made it possible to consistently judge both sides of the border.

The weather did put a damper on getting out on the water for pictures of the anglers that we have been able to get previous years, thanks to Julie Nowicki Photography.

Last modified on Monday, 13 July 2015 21:44
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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