When the first three casts of the first day of practice for the Jack Link’s Lake Simcoe Open in Ontario produced three smallmouth bass that weighed more than 4 pounds apiece, Jason Clay and Matt Belzil were feeling pretty good about their chances in the one-day tournament.
By the end of that first practice day, the two Niagara Falls anglers figured their best five would have weighed 26 or 27 pounds. Little did they know what was in store during the tournament, hosted by the Aurora Bassmasters and held Oct. 28 on the 279-square-mile lake, which is among Ontario’s largest.
Their five-smallmouth limit weighed 31.80 pounds, earning them not only the victory over the 47-boat field, but also setting a new Canadian record. The previous record of 31.55 pounds was set at the 2010 Simcoe Open
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