Only Quebec bass freaks like us would ever consider putting together a tourney in the month of March! But with the mild conditions this spring, did we really have a choice? Good pal Jason Gramada from MTL Bass Pros gave me a call and said he would set it up and before you knew it, Benji and I were at the St-Zotique ramp putting in for a bass shootout on St-Francis!
The last few days have been much colder and closer to normal March temps. However, this had a major effect on the water temps as it read a chilly 38 degrees in the morning. We decided to stick with a largemouth only gameplan as the main lake looked pretty nasty with some serious chop and 20K winds.
The bite was extremely tough as we struggled to find warmer water. It wasn't until late afternoon that we finally bumped into some largies in the back of one of the canals. A school of 10-15 fish that were sparsely dispersed in about 2ft of water amongst carp, crappie, perch, pike and a slew of different minnows. Unfortunately, these fish were not only in an exceptionally negative mood but also super spooky. Benji and I would spend the next 2 hours trying to get them to bite. We practically emptied out all the Plano boxes in search of that magical presentation that could get one of them to commit. It would ultimately be a tiny square-billed crankbait that would come to the rescue and land us our one and only fish of the day.
Back at the ramp, we find out that all the other teams also had very difficult days with the exception of 2 teams; the team of Charles Sim and Nigel Touhey and the team of Bruce Gammon and Denny Andrade. These two teams decided to go against the grain and brave the elements. And it paid off...big. Charles and Nigel would bring to the scale a 5 bass limit of 17+lbs with 5 smallies and Bruce and Denny blew the doors off with a monster bag of smallies that would weigh an impressive 21.75lbs anchored by a 5lb+ beast.
Just goes to show that picking the right strategy on that given day can certainly make all the difference. We chose to play safe and came back with pennies. Others rolled the dice and hit the jackpot. Bass season in Quebec closes tomorrow so the next few trips will probably be some Lake Champlain posts and hopefully some Laker action later on in April.