The second Pan American Bass Fishing Championship continues through October 19th. The event is hosted by the Canadian Sportfishing Industry Association and held on the St. Lawrence river out of Cornwall, ON. This historic championship is the first official international bass event hosted by Canada. It is part of a larger effort to make bass fishing a recognized Olympic sport. It will bring together anglers from Mexico, Canada, the United States and First Nations tribe.
"We are really excited about our USA Bass Pan Am team." says team manager John Knight. "This is our largest and most talented team ever. We need to be at our best to compete with Canada and First Nations on their home waters. It is exciting to see the Pan Am make its way to Canada. This is going to be a smallmouth slugfest and I can't wait to see the giant bronzebacks weighed in."
The 2019 USA Bass Pan American team includes 16 of America's best bass anglers: Team captain Scott Martin, Roland Martin, Jacob Wheeler, Jacob Powroznik, David Dudley, John Cox, Mark Daniels Jr., Brian Latimer, Cody Meyer, Dustin Connell, Keith Carson, Hannah Wesley, Charlie Evans, Philip Jarabek, Ryan Latinville and Brett Carnright.
The event has medals for the best "Pairs" in the event and for the best "Nations" result. The Nations medal is the best average weight for each nation. "The key for us is to make sure that all our teams catch a big bag" says team captain Scott Martin. "I really love this format because we have to effectively communicate and strategize as a group. We know it is going to be a challenge and we'll be ready."
USA Bass is part of U.S. Angling, a 501c3 charitable organization that supports the USA Bass team as they compete in Pan-American and World Championship fishing events around the globe.