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    Kingston Canadian Open of Fishing 2015

    Some pros fish tournaments to satisfy their addiction. Some fish for the money. Some newcomers just want their name on the results list saying they competed. The reason the best show up in Kingston for the Canadian Open of Fishing is the prestige and satisfaction of competing against the best of the best in Canada on what might be the best bass fishery in the country. Names like Izumi, Johnston, Strub, Cousvis, Chong, Coble and more want their name on this trophy as much or more than any other.

    Lake Ontario can be generous and it can be very cruel like any smallmouth fishery in August. Big fish come easy one day and are gone the next. You fish with or against the elements, the enormity of the waterbody, experienced pros and a very talented new generation of anglers who can compete anywhere. It can reward or disappoint the best. If you are going to win the Canadian Open of Fishing you must be a great angler who is determined, focused, and your time has come.

    This year’s Champion Lenny Devos was all of the above. The local favorite fire fighter brought the biggest one day weight to the scales in the tournaments history to capture a very well deserved title. He didn’t need all of the 28.05 pounds of Lake O’s finest smallmouth to win by more than 4 pounds over Cal Climpson and Chris Johnston. Lenny had been knocking at the door for a few years as a largemouth specialist but the transformation and focus on smallmouth put him over the top and he now has his name on “The Trophy”. Brenton Roebuck won the amateur division with 42.15 pounds



    The tournament which normally is held in late July was changed to mid August to accommodate the Simcoe Showdown. August can be a difficult time to fish any lake. Everything about the east end of Lake O was unsettled. Weather patterns changed drastically and high winds out of the west blew from day 1 after several days of perfect still warm weather. The fish seemed to be in a constant state of transition this year given the late spring. Some fish were already in late summer patterns and some still in post spawn mode. Some were even still on beds. The key to the tournament was having options in areas that were unaffected by weather and the fish were fat as opposed to the hollow bellies of post spawn fish.

    Planning your tournament and milk run had a lot of contributing factors. You had to make the call on which direction to go just before blast off if you intended on fishing the lake. Big rough water is safe for the experienced but travel time plays a much larger role. Some anglers planned on fishing as far as 70 km away so when they get there, their fish better be there and ready to bite.
    There is a dilemma for the pros in a Pro-AM like the Canadian Open on Lake Ontario. You want your co-angler to catch fish but there is a huge difference between pounding 2 and 3 pound fish and getting the big fish you need to win. All the pros know where to go to catch the seemingly endless supply of 2 to 3 pound fish. But these small fish will draw you in and waste a lot of time. Even 4 pound fish won’t make the cut. They may keep you in the tournament but if you are not on 5’s you’re unlikely to have a chance to win or make the top 5.


    Day One
    Day one was a day where you got em or you didn’t. If your big fish were where you left them in practice you could put together a good weight. But smallmouth during transition don’t stay in the same place long. Their nomadic nature can leave an angler scratching their heads on tournament day. One day there is more fish than you can count in an area and the next day the area is sterile.

    At 3:00 p.m. on Thursday the boats returned and it was looking like a rubber stamp of every other major tournament with Chris Johnston weighing in 26.20 pounds and taking the lead. Second was Nick Cousvis with 24.40 followed by Lenny Delos with 24.25 and Franklin Janzen at 23.20. Darren Izume in his pro preview in Kingston weighed in a nice 22,25 pound bag. In spite of some other good weights the tournament looked predictable. But the second day was cancelled due to high wind warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings. Neither one actually materialized but with a huge body of water and anglers running as far as their gas would allow, you have to call on the side of caution. Tournament anglers are like thoroughbreds, they want to run and will go out in anything. Sometime you have to protect them from themselves. Cancelling a day is a tough call because anyone with a poor weight the first day had an insurmountable task to make the top 5 in this shortened event. With less than 20 pounds you are now basically out of the tournament.


    Day 3 looked like a pretty good day. Wind forecasts were light and variable from the south to start. The air was moist and it felt like they would be on fire. But the forecast was wrong again as winds blew out of the west at 15 km and the residue swells from the previous day’s high wind were still rolling. Again travel time could be an issue. The fish had an extra day to move so many who left fish for the next day on day 1 were disappointed. By mid-day the winds were dying and changed to the south and the late bite was on.




    By 3:15 all the boats were in safe. The typical “did you get em?”cruise as the teams drifted waiting for the call to go and weigh in. Teams are sent in groups so it doesn’t overwhelm the docking areas and fish can get a constant source of cooler water until just before going to the scales. I pulled up beside Chris Johnston expecting to hear of another great day. But instead he said his fish were gone and he scrambled. He heard young Cal Climpson had a big bag and Lenny Devos has a huge bag over 27 pounds. Cal has been very impressive since his solo introduction last year. He has been either winning or hanging around the top 10 consistently and won the Simcoe Showdown last year.

    JP DeRose and Big Jim welcomed team after team with comments of the day while everyone waited for the top ten to start. Nick Cousivis came to the stage looking a little defeated having spent the day trying to find where his fish went as he weighed in 5.10 pounds. Nick is a great angler and isn’t the type of guy to scramble for a limit. He will try to win to the last minute. It’s all or nothing and today was just one of those days as it was for many of those who could care less to be in the middle of the pack.
    {img]http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee487/5b6pjw32/Nick%20Cousvis%20and%20JP%20DeRose.jpg[/img]

    Franklin Janzen, Neil Farlow, and Jacques Patry all weighed in contending bags over 40 pounds. Neil was fresh off a second place finish in the 1000 Island Open and has been consistently near the top of the leader board for the Canadian Open.

    Then it was Cal Climpson’s turn. Cal and co-angler Mitch Griffiths had 5 nice fish and weighed in 24.90 pounds to take the hot seat. Cal is spending a lot of time there this year.


    Next it was Chris Johnston who came up slightly short with 21.00 pounds. As Chris says "you can't win em all"


    Last to weigh in was Lenny Devos who was grinning and nervous as he pulled his fish from the live release trough. Vita Pallotta announced he needed 21.50 pounds to take the championship. As the fish went on the scale even Lenny and co-angler for the day Tim Hunter were shocked. The scales settled at 28.05 pounds a new one day record for the event. Every fish was big and dark and you could see the well-deserved sense of satisfaction as Lenny’s smile and his excitement was infectious. You quickly knew who the crowd favorite was. This was Lenny's turn!





    TOTWC caught up with Lenny after for an interview.

    TOTWC -How did you prepare for the tournament including days on the water practising?

    Devos -Actually started prefishing for this event last yr when Andy announced the 2015 tournament date . I knew it was going to be won deep as the shallow fish disappear fast this time of year. Along with studying maps I found a few spots last yr and focused on the same spots during the prefish period prior to the event. Touched base with all those spots on Sunday/Monday with great success, so i focused on new spots on Tuesday (spent Tuesday prefishing the river) as i knew the wind forecast was bad on the 2nd day of the event. I also found some good fish to run to east of Kingston.

    I prefished areas that i knew I could get to with the weather conditions coming for the 3 day event. i was pretty confident that i could get to my number 1 spot on days 1 and 3 and focus on the river on day 2


    TOTWC - Tell us about your last day, the plan and execution.

    Devos -On day one i fished my number one spot hoping that i could just catch 6 or 7 fish and leave with a decent bag . Tom Streek (co-angler) and I left that spot with 24 and change with only catching 7 fish and just hoping there was a good bag left there for the final day.
    On the final day i made up my mind that i would rot in that spot all day if i needed to.

    The day started with a 4.5 lb smallie on the first cast with a drop shot which felt pretty good " great they are still here" but 20-30 mins without a bite got me a little concerned especially as i was marking fish but not willing to bite the drop shot rigs. So I decided to change it up a bit and hail marry tubes well past the pod of fish i marked and dragged the tube past them with huge success (4 consecutive 5+ lbers) now sitting with approximately 26 lbs (huge relieve) and its only 9 am shortly after that i gave the area bit of a break and fished the outskirts and culled the 4.5lb smallie with my kicker that turned out to be big fish of the weekend at 5.75lbs


    TOTWC - Where does this fit in your tournament results resume.
    Devos - This is huge on my fishing resume !!

    Fishing against the quality of anglers that were here and winning it is huge in my books. Feels really good that all my time on the water is paying off, especially in my hometown
    Definitely rank this win in my top 2 tournaments (won Renegade classic in 2007)


    TOTWC - Anyone you would like to thank?

    Devos - Huge Thanks to Gord and April Hincks at Hunters Bay Marine , Triton Boats , Vigor eyewear , Ultra Tungsten , Peter Savioa and Set the hook Baits , Sunline. The Pollata Family for hosting the Canadian open and most of all my Family for understanding the time on the water that i need to compete at this level.

    A very well deserved win and a Great new Champion.

    Special thanks to the City of Kingston for hosting this great tournament showcasing this fabulous fishery. To the CSFL for all their hard work. Shimano and volunteers for the on water VIP services and live release systems. To Renegade Bass for the additional live release boat. To Berkley for the Berkley Bounce prize won by NENAD JEREMIC



    Paul Climpson, Cals father is one of the main reasons for Cal's impressive start as a pro. Paul has an impressive resume of tournament victories and when you grow up in a culture of fishing the transition comes easy.


    Dave Chong was one of the pro's that rarely get tricked by Lake Ontario smallmouth but on tournament day they moved as they did for many including myself. Long days become very short when you have to scramble and find fishable water.


    Bob and Darren Izumi. Bob found his fish a little too late and Darren in his first year as a pro in the tournament shows dad how its done.


    There are more nice days on Lake Ontario and if you want to fish the best bass fishery in Ontario there is thousands of miles of shoreline, enless structure, and some of the most beautiful scenery and lake images you will every see.


    East tip of Amhurst Island looking into Colins Bay


    South shore of Amhurst


    Looking south over Simcoe Island across the face of Wolf Island

    Final Complete Results

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    A special thanks to my co anglers Jeff Butt who managed to put a limit of fish in the livewell in 30 minutes the first day, and to Steven Cliford. I had a great week. Also to my good friends Paul and Wanda Legacy for their hospitality and friendship. To Dan Legacy who left us last thursday, keep a tight line in the sky, we are thinking of you.
    After 250 days a year on the water and ice I still feel I need more Time on the Water

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    Kingston Canadian Open of Fishing 2015

    Some pros fish tournaments to satisfy their addiction. Some fish for the money. Some newcomers just want their name on the results list saying they competed. The reason the best show up in Kingston for the Canadian Open of Fishing is the prestige and satisfaction of competing against the best of the best in Canada on what might be the best bass fishery in the country. Names like Izumi, Johnston, Strub, Cousvis, Chong, Coble and more want their name on this trophy as much or more than any other.

    Lake Ontario can be generous and it can be very cruel like any smallmouth fishery in August. Big fish come easy one day and are gone the next. You fish with or against the elements, the enormity of the waterbody, experienced pros and a very talented new generation of anglers who can compete anywhere. It can reward or disappoint the best. If you are going to win the Canadian Open of Fishing you must be a great angler who is determined, focused, and your time has come.

    This year’s Champion Lenny Devos was all of the above. The local favorite fire fighter brought the biggest one day weight to the scales in the tournaments history to capture a very well deserved title. He didn’t need all of the 28.05 pounds of Lake O’s finest smallmouth to win by more than 4 pounds over Cal Climpson and Chris Johnston. Lenny had been knocking at the door for a few years as a largemouth specialist but the transformation and focus on smallmouth put him over the top and he now has his name on “The Trophy”. Brenton Roebuck won the amateur division with 42.15 pounds



    The tournament which normally is held in late July was changed to mid August to accommodate the Simcoe Showdown. August can be a difficult time to fish any lake. Everything about the east end of Lake O was unsettled. Weather patterns changed drastically and high winds out of the west blew from day 1 after several days of perfect still warm weather. The fish seemed to be in a constant state of transition this year given the late spring. Some fish were already in late summer patterns and some still in post spawn mode. Some were even still on beds. The key to the tournament was having options in areas that were unaffected by weather and the fish were fat as opposed to the hollow bellies of post spawn fish.

    Planning your tournament and milk run had a lot of contributing factors. You had to make the call on which direction to go just before blast off if you intended on fishing the lake. Big rough water is safe for the experienced but travel time plays a much larger role. Some anglers planned on fishing as far as 70 km away so when they get there, their fish better be there and ready to bite.
    There is a dilemma for the pros in a Pro-AM like the Canadian Open on Lake Ontario. You want your co-angler to catch fish but there is a huge difference between pounding 2 and 3 pound fish and getting the big fish you need to win. All the pros know where to go to catch the seemingly endless supply of 2 to 3 pound fish. But these small fish will draw you in and waste a lot of time. Even 4 pound fish won’t make the cut. They may keep you in the tournament but if you are not on 5’s you’re unlikely to have a chance to win or make the top 5.


    Day One
    Day one was a day where you got em or you didn’t. If your big fish were where you left them in practice you could put together a good weight. But smallmouth during transition don’t stay in the same place long. Their nomadic nature can leave an angler scratching their heads on tournament day. One day there is more fish than you can count in an area and the next day the area is sterile.

    At 3:00 p.m. on Thursday the boats returned and it was looking like a rubber stamp of every other major tournament with Chris Johnston weighing in 26.20 pounds and taking the lead. Second was Nick Cousvis with 24.40 followed by Lenny Delos with 24.25 and Franklin Janzen at 23.20. Darren Izume in his pro preview in Kingston weighed in a nice 22,25 pound bag. In spite of some other good weights the tournament looked predictable. But the second day was cancelled due to high wind warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings. Neither one actually materialized but with a huge body of water and anglers running as far as their gas would allow, you have to call on the side of caution. Tournament anglers are like thoroughbreds, they want to run and will go out in anything. Sometime you have to protect them from themselves. Cancelling a day is a tough call because anyone with a poor weight the first day had an insurmountable task to make the top 5 in this shortened event. With less than 20 pounds you are now basically out of the tournament.

    Day 3 looked like a pretty good day. Wind forecasts were light and variable from the south to start. The air was moist and it felt like they would be on fire. But the forecast was wrong again as winds blew out of the west at 15 km and the residue swells from the previous day’s high wind were still rolling. Again travel time could be an issue. The fish had an extra day to move so many who left fish for the next day on day 1 were disappointed. By mid-day the winds were dying and changed to the south and the late bite was on.

    By 3:15 all the boats were in safe. The typical “did you get em?”cruise as the teams drifted waiting for the call to go and weigh in. Teams are sent in groups so it doesn’t overwhelm the docking areas and fish can get a constant source of cooler water until just before going to the scales. I pulled up beside Chris Johnston expecting to hear of another great day. But instead he said his fish were gone and he scrambled. He heard young Cal Climpson had a big bag and Lenny Devos has a huge bag over 27 pounds. Cal has been very impressive since his solo introduction last year. He has been either winning or hanging around the top 10 consistently and won the Simcoe Showdown last year.

    JP DeRose and Big Jim welcomed team after team with comments of the day while everyone waited for the top ten to start. Nick Cousivis came to the stage looking a little defeated having spent the day trying to find where his fish went as he weighed in 5.10 pounds. Nick is a great angler and isn’t the type of guy to scramble for a limit. He will try to win to the last minute. It’s all or nothing and today was just one of those days as it was for many of those who could care less to be in the middle of the pack.
    {img]http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee487/5b6pjw32/Nick%20Cousvis%20and%20JP%20DeRose.jpg[/img]

    Franklin Janzen, Neil Farlow, and Jacques Patry all weighed in contending bags over 40 pounds. Neil was fresh off a second place finish in the 1000 Island Open and has been consistently near the top of the leader board for the Canadian Open.

    Then it was Cal Climpson’s turn. Cal and co-angler Mitch Griffiths had 5 nice fish and weighed in 24.90 pounds to take the hot seat. Cal is spending a lot of time there this year.


    Next it was Chris Johnston who came up slightly short with 21.00 pounds. As Chris says "you can't win em all"


    Last to weigh in was Lenny Devos who was grinning and nervous as he pulled his fish from the live release trough. Vita Pallotta announced he needed 21.50 pounds to take the championship. As the fish went on the scale even Lenny and co-angler for the day Tim Hunter were shocked. The scales settled at 28.05 pounds a new one day record for the event. Every fish was big and dark and you could see the well-deserved sense of satisfaction as Lenny’s smile and his excitement was infectious. You quickly knew who the crowd favorite was. This was Lenny's turn!





    TOTWC caught up with Lenny after for an interview.

    TOTWC -How did you prepare for the tournament including days on the water practising?

    Devos -Actually started prefishing for this event last yr when Andy announced the 2015 tournament date . I knew it was going to be won deep as the shallow fish disappear fast this time of year. Along with studying maps I found a few spots last yr and focused on the same spots during the prefish period prior to the event. Touched base with all those spots on Sunday/Monday with great success, so i focused on new spots on Tuesday (spent Tuesday prefishing the river) as i knew the wind forecast was bad on the 2nd day of the event. I also found some good fish to run to east of Kingston.

    I prefished areas that i knew I could get to with the weather conditions coming for the 3 day event. i was pretty confident that i could get to my number 1 spot on days 1 and 3 and focus on the river on day 2


    TOTWC - Tell us about your last day, the plan and execution.

    Devos -On day one i fished my number one spot hoping that i could just catch 6 or 7 fish and leave with a decent bag . Tom Streek (co-angler) and I left that spot with 24 and change with only catching 7 fish and just hoping there was a good bag left there for the final day.
    On the final day i made up my mind that i would rot in that spot all day if i needed to.

    The day started with a 4.5 lb smallie on the first cast with a drop shot which felt pretty good " great they are still here" but 20-30 mins without a bite got me a little concerned especially as i was marking fish but not willing to bite the drop shot rigs. So I decided to change it up a bit and hail marry tubes well past the pod of fish i marked and dragged the tube past them with huge success (4 consecutive 5+ lbers) now sitting with approximately 26 lbs (huge relieve) and its only 9 am shortly after that i gave the area bit of a break and fished the outskirts and culled the 4.5lb smallie with my kicker that turned out to be big fish of the weekend at 5.75lbs


    TOTWC - Where does this fit in your tournament results resume.
    Devos - This is huge on my fishing resume !!

    Fishing against the quality of anglers that were here and winning it is huge in my books. Feels really good that all my time on the water is paying off, especially in my hometown
    Definitely rank this win in my top 2 tournaments (won Renegade classic in 2007)


    TOTWC - Anyone you would like to thank?

    Devos - Huge Thanks to Gord and April Hincks at Hunters Bay Marine , Triton Boats , Vigor eyewear , Ultra Tungsten , Peter Savioa and Set the hook Baits , Sunline and Duckett Fishing . The Pollata Family for hosting the Canadian open and most of all my Family for understanding the time on the water that i need to compete at this level.

    A very well deserved win and a Great new Champion.

    Special thanks to the City of Kingston for hosting this great tournament showcasing this fabulous fishery.



    Paul Climpson, Cals father is one of the main reasons for Cal's impressive start as a pro. Paul has an impressive resume of tournament victories and when you grow up in a culture of fishing the transition comes easy.


    Dave Chong was one of the pro's that rarely get tricked by Lake Ontario smallmouth but on tournament day they moved as they did for many including myself. Long days become very short when you have to scramble and find fishable water.


    Bob and Darren Izumi. Bob found his fish a little too late and Darren in his first year as a pro in the tournament shows dad how its done.


    There are more nice days on Lake Ontario and if you want to fish the best bass fishery in Ontario there is thousands of miles of shoreline, enless structure, and some of the most beautiful scenery and lake images you will every see.


    East tip of Amhurst Island looking into Colins Bay


    South shore of Amhurst


    Looking south over Simcoe Island across the face of Wolf Island

    normal_top22.jpg
    normal_23_to_41.jpg
    normal_am_balance.jpg

    A special thanks to my co anglers Jeff Butt who managed to put a limit of fish in the livewell in 30 minutes the first day, and to Steven Cliford. I had a great week. Also to my good friends Paul and Wanda Legacy for their hospitality and friendship. To Dan Legacy who left us last thursday, keep a tight line in the sky, we are thinking of you.
    After 250 days a year on the water and ice I still feel I need more Time on the Water

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    Once again, great article, John.

    Except for the circumstances we were fishing with, this was by far the most fun and relaxed tournament I've had.

    My Dad would have been proud to watch us and thankful for your coming down and staying with us. Sure helped keep me occupied and as you know, he would have wanted it that way.

    Cheers,

    Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by legacey View Post
    Once again, great article, John.

    Except for the circumstances we were fishing with, this was by far the most fun and relaxed tournament I've had.

    My Dad would have been proud to watch us and thankful for your coming down and staying with us. Sure helped keep me occupied and as you know, he would have wanted it that way.

    Cheers,

    Paul
    Paul
    The good thing is we now have help from the other side LOL. You know he won't rest in peace so we'll keep him busy. Thoughts are with you Dan.
    After 250 days a year on the water and ice I still feel I need more Time on the Water

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    That he will, John.

    Dad would say when we were fishing after my Grandfather died.... "Well Dad, help put the fishes in the boat, would ya?!?"

    Walleye Open 2016 will be ours to win!!! :-)

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    Great read John.

    It's always fun to follow the leader board and see how guys are doing in the tournament. Lady O can be so kind or completely unforgiving. Thanks for sharing the photos and the story.

    Scott


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