Polar Bear Report
The Polar Bear Open ended its season appropriately with the Bob Evans Classic under cold, snowy conditions and the tournament’s namesake winning two of the prizes on the St. Joseph River at 6 Span Bridge.
The biggest prize – first place – went to Wesson Vint and Chris Brunt with11.60 pounds that included the biggest bass, a 3.66 pounder. They fished Ned rigs and blade baits around shallower structure to win $340 and the $ 90 big bass pot.
Bob Evans and John Grimm not only finished second ($200) with 10.5 pounds, but they hauled in the biggest critter fish, a 17.17-pound carp, for a bonus $90. They fished blades and Ned rigs near the dam area. Evans started the annual Thanksgiving Weekend tournament years ago and the Polar Bear Open crew adopted it as the circuit’s season finale.
The nine competing teams said the bite was great early but died off as the day wore on. The water was 38 degrees and most teams reported having a great time in the snowy conditions.