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By Lee Duracz

Chilly Start to Polar Bear Open

The boats arrived at the ramp with frost on the ground and ice skimmed over the condo channel behind the parking lot at Eagle Lake near Edwardsburg.

The early morning temperature was 20 degrees and the heavy winter clothing was put on by all the competitors. Thank God for the invention of four wheel drive, as it didn’t take long for the ramp to get icy, although nobody really struggled getting in or out. (The quality of the ramp is not great, I wish the MI DNR would push harder to get the new access completed.)

By Lee Duracz

Winners ($250) Scott Sizemore and Dan Powell

The first stop of the Polar Bear Circuit on Austin Lake near Kalamazoo started out as a beautiful fall day that turned into a four-season nightmare by noon.

When we launched boats, we could see the sunrise coming up under partly cloudy skies with a light east breeze, making the 40-degree air temp very manageable. The graphs read 44 degrees water temp and the water clarity was perfect.

Just about when we thought we were going to escape the grim forecast for the day, noon rolled around and the sky turned a wintery gray, making it look like the sun had just set. The wind switched north for a while, and we started to see flashes in the distance accompanied by deep rumbles of thunder. The deep rumbles turned to loud hard cracks, the wind pushed the torrential rains into our faces, and the lines were coming off the water from the static electricity in the air. Remarkably, only three boats left early, and we all were saying a quick prayer after a couple loud thunder cracks.

Winners ($250) Scott Sizemore and Dan Powell hunkered down in a small area that had some cover which they knew was holding fish and grinded out five solid bass for 14.66 pounds.

B.A.S.S. Report

Bassmaster Postseason Scheduled For North Georgia In 2018

For the first time in its five-year existence, the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship will be held below the Mason-Dixon Line - on Lake Chatuge on the Georgia/North Carolina border, B.A.S.S. announced today.

The championship will be held Sept. 20-23, 2018, and will feature the 50 top-ranked Bassmaster Elite Series anglers, based on Angler of the Year points earned during the nine-event Elite season, said Bruce Akin, CEO of B.A.S.S.

Akin also revealed that the 2018 Classic Bracket tournament will be held Oct. 23-26, also in northern Georgia, at 3,200-acre Carters Lake near Ellijay.

Earlier today, Akin announced that the 2018 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest tournament, one of the nine regular-season events of the Bassmaster Elite Series, will be held May 17-20 on Lake Travis near Austin, Texas.