Most avid anglers will only dream of catching a smallmouth bass weighing more than 6 pounds. Quite frankly they just don't grow like that in many places. Sure Erie has some giants, as does Champlain. But venture a little further north if you really want to see the big girls. This past weekend at the Simcoe Open, emceed by our buddy Dave Mercer, the crowd was wowed by impressive record-setting catch by Mike Moran and Joey Muszynski. They hoisted five smallmouths onto the scale that weighed an amazing 31 pounds, 8 ounces.
That's just a 6.3-pound average for the creel. The duo has reportedly been fishing together for five years but neither have ever had a day like that. Most organizers and anglers were calling the event the perfect storm for the big bite. Practice saw vicious winds making finding fish and moving around on the big body of water very difficult, while the actual tournament day was beautiful. Anglers were able to run and gun and make good presentations to the fish all day. So the fish weren't hammered before the event, but were ripe for the picking on tournament day.
The bass on the left took home big bass honors for Paluch and McKay / See more photos at LuresandTours.com
Moran and Muszynski took home $25,000 for winning the tournament plus another $20,000 bonus from Toyota for breaking the smallmouth five-bass limit record. And not to be out done, the team of James Paluch and Shaun McKay brought the tournament's biggest smallmouth to the scale, tipping the needle to 8.05 pounds. The team earned $5,000 for that one amazing fish.
To read the local coverage of the event, click here