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Canadians take Pan Am title

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 at the first-ever Pan Am event held on Canadian water and soil last 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 Oct. 18-19 on Lake St. Francis. However, because of high winds and heavy rain on Thursday, competition was cancelled on day 1. Instead, anglers fished two sessions on Friday – 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1-5 p.m. – with a weigh-in show held at Marina 200 in Cornwall, Ontario following each session. Each boat was allowed a maximum of 5 bass at each weigh-in. 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 five-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."

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 reinstate fishing competition at the Olympics (fishing was part of the Olympic games until 1900).

Final Two-Angler Team Standings

1 -- Brian Latimer/Mark Daniels Jr. -- USA -- 21.16 -- 23.92 -- 45.08
2 -- Scott Martin/Roland Martin -- USA -- 23.48 -- 21.26 -- 44.74
3 -- Jacob Wheeler/Dustin Connel -- USA -- 23.72 -- 19.46 -- 43.18
4 -- Nicolas Gendron/Jason Gramada -- Canada -- 20.58 -- 22.28 -- 42.86
5 -- Stephen Hegarty/Phil Hegarty -- Canada -- 24.56 -- 17.66 -- 42.22
6 -- Bob Izumi/Darren Izumi -- Canada -- 20.88 -- 21.16 -- 42.04
7 -- Andy Kinstler/Scott Lecky -- Canada -- 18.02 -- 21.88 -- 39.9
8 -- Cody Meyer/Jacob Powroznik -- USA -- 20.48 -- 18.94 -- 39.42
9 -- Brian Hughes/Anais Chaves -- Canada -- 18.34 -- 20.18 -- 38.52
10 -- Matt Massey/Robert Greenberg -- Canada -- 22.94 -- 15.24 -- 38.18
11 -- Arturo Saldana/Ricardo Gonzalez -- Mexico -- 25 -- 12.68 -- 37.68
12 -- David Dudley/Phillip Jarabeck -- USA -- 17.04 -- 19.78 -- 36.82
13 -- Rob Lee/David Chong -- Canada -- 18.84 -- 17.12 -- 35.96
14 -- Jose Gutierrez/Juan Montoya -- Mexico -- 20.28 -- 15.52 -- 35.8
15 -- Cass Terrance/Nolan Thompson -- Akwesasne First Nation -- 21.46 -- 14.12 -- 35.58
16 -- Carlos Medina/Omar Oropeza -- Mexico -- 20.84 -- 14.44 -- 35.28
17 -- Ryan Latinville/Brett Carnright -- USA -- 16.68 -- 18.2 -- 34.88
18 -- Eduardo Marcos/Eduardo Flores -- Mexico -- 22.42 -- 12.38 -- 34.8
19 -- Jon Cox/Keith Carson -- USA -- 21.42 -- 13.26 -- 34.68
20 -- Charlie Evans/Hannah Wesley -- USA -- 12.88 -- 20.04 -- 32.92
21 -- Robert MacMillian/Ryan Flaro -- Canada -- 17.14 -- 14.98 -- 32.12
22 -- Marcelo Lozano/Rafael Chavez -- Mexico -- 19.06 -- 8.38 -- 27.44
23 -- PJ Burns/Norman King -- Akwesasne First Nation -- 11.8 -- 11.84 -- 23.64
24 -- Alejandro Morales/Nicolas Gonzalez -- Mexico -- 6.12 -- 14.16 -- 20.28
25 -- Tyson Thompson/Morris Thompson -- Akwesasne First Nation -- 2.26 -- 9.9 -- 12.16
26 -- Miguel Dainitin/Jorge Dainitin -- Mexico -- 6.94 -- 2.1 -- 9.04

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