Cornwall, Ontario: The host team of the 2019 Cornwall and SDG Counties Pan American Bass Championship came out on top at the four-nation competition edging Team USA by one hundredth of an ounce to win Gold at the first-ever Pan Am event held on Canadian water and soil this past week. Team Canada’s weight average during the tournament was 38.98 pounds; Team USA’s average was 38.97 pounds.
Team USA won Silver, Team Mexico took home the bronze medal with 28.62 pounds, and Team Akwesasne FN placed fourth with 23.79 pounds. The final standings or ‘weight averages’ of each team were determined by dividing a country’s total weight of bass caught during the competition by the number of boats (or duos).
Team Canada and Team USA each had a full complement of eight boats (2 anglers per boat for a total of 16 anglers per country); Team Mexico entered seven boats (14 anglers) and Team Akwesasne fielded three boats (6 anglers).
The 2019 Pan American Bass Championship, which was sponsored by the City of Cornwall and SDG Counties, was to have been held Thursday October 18th and Friday October 19th on Lake St. Francis. However, because of high winds and heavy rain on Thursday, competition was cancelled on Day One. Instead, anglers fished two sessions on Friday – 7:30 to 11:30am and 1-5pm - with a weigh-in show held at Marina 200 in Cornwall, ON following each session. Each boat was allowed a maximum of 5 bass at each weigh-in show. Weights from both sessions (maximum 10 fish per boat) were then combined to determine each team’s total weight for the competition.
“Lake St Francis did not disappoint as it really showed itself even with the cold front and strong winds” said Bob Izumi, Captain of Team Canada and a tournament organizer. “I was so happy for Team Mexico as they had never fished for smallmouth bass. When I saw them weigh in the largest 5-fish limit of the entire event at 25 pounds in the morning session it showed me what great anglers they are. All competitors are very accomplished anglers, and every nation had bags of 20 pounds or more during the tournament. Team Canada made me proud and it’s a memory that will last a lifetime,” added Izumi.
All fish caught during the event we released alive following each session.
The Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association (CSIA) hosted the 2019 Pan American Bass Championship which was sponsored by the City of Cornwall and SDG Counties. Some of the event’s proceeds will go to CSIA’s Keep Canada Fishing program. The event also marked the beginning of the Canadian International Sportfishing Association which is working with similar organizations in other countries to support future Pan American Bass Championships. The ultimate goal of these organizations is to re-instate fishing competition at the Olympics. (Fishing was part of the Olympic games until 1900.)
The next Pan American Bass Championship will be held next year in Mexico.
For more information, please contact Mike Melnik, CSIA Managing Director, at 888-296-8978; firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the 2019 Pan American Bass Championship
All Pan American countries have been invited to enter from one to eight pairs (teams of two). This historical event will be the starting point for the Canadian International Sportfishing Association and will be an exciting challenge for all the anglers from the Americas. There are currently 41 nations participating in the Pan American Games, and we wish to invite them all.
About Lake St. Francis
Lake St. Francis is a multi-species fishery with an abundance of smallmouth and largemouth bass. Twenty to twenty-five pound five fish limits are common on this fertile section of the river. There’s more than 40 miles of fishable water for the anglers to explore.