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Todd and Edie Wilkinson caught the only limit to win the Starboard Choice Big Bass Challenge on the St. Joseph River at Constantine Sunday.

The winners had 7 pounds, 15 ounces caught on a toad, Texas-rigged craw and a jig in 8 feet of water.

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Top finishers in the Arjay’s Weeknight Circuit event at Coldwater Lake last week made it a family affair.

The tournament drew 22 boats and four of the top five teams consisted of family members.

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By Louie Stout

Andy Buss considers himself lucky to have been able to compete – and get a check - in the Bassmaster Elite on Lake Erie after being caught in a dangerous storm.

Andy Buss considers himself lucky to have been able to compete – and get a check - in the Bassmaster Elite on Lake Erie after being caught in a dangerous storm.

When Andy Buss launches his bass boat on big water this spring, you can bet he’s going to be a little more watchful of the weather.

That’s what a near-death experience will do to you.

He’ll remember Sept. 19, 2015, the day he and partner Josh Stalcup shrugged off Lake Erie’s shaky weather forecasts and darkening clouds to focus on catching fish.

Buss, of North Liberty, and Stalcup, of Mishawaka, were practicing that day for a Bassmaster Northern Open bass tournament at Sandusky Bay.

“There were strong winds forecast, but it wasn’t too bad when we launched so we ran to Pelee Island 20 some miles out,” recalled Buss, a teacher at Ulrey Middle School in Walkerton. “My plan was to head back to Sandusky when the wind came up.”

They fished around Pelee for a couple of hours with minimal success and then ran to a rocky shoal about 5 miles northeast of the island.

Once they started fishing, Buss noticed rain clouds coming out of the west, but figured a little rain wouldn’t hurt. The waves were only 2 to 3 feet high, nothing he hadn’t battled before in his 20-foot Nitro Z-8 bass rig.

And then the storm hit like a hurricane. A wall of torrential rain battered them unmercifully and those 3 footers turned to 8 footers.

“We had to try to get back to Peelee,” he said. “I knew we were in trouble.”


By Louie Stout

VanDam discusses lure colors.

The hint of spring has a lot of us thinking about open water fishing even if it’s still February.

There’s nothing like preparing early, which includes restocking the tackle boxes with those new baits that we just KNOW are going to produce big fish this coming season.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a river steelhead fisherman, a big lake troller, panfish angler or nutty bass fisherman, we all have a fascination for new ways to trick fish into biting.

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