Although it's been years since I fished the St. Lawrence River, it's always been my favorite fishery. I've spent many summers there competing in various tournaments, both Canadian and American.
In fact, I won the Canadian Open out of Kingston, Ontario in 1990, and later, an FLW event in Clayton, New York. Because of that, I had tremendous confidence going into this tournament.
Unlike all the other competitions I fished on the river, BASS scheduled this event out of Waddington, NY—some 80 miles to the east-northeast of Lake Ontario. At first, the news was disappointing. But as time would soon reveal, that too, would play into my hands.