Moxon Wins Border City Classic
Earns trip to the Hobie Fishing Worlds
By Mike Stevens
The Border City Classic is a catch-and-release kayak fishing tournament that was started in 2011 with the intention of using it as a tool to help push the growth of kayak fishing in southern Ontario, Canada. Just four years after its inaugural event, the stakes are quite a bit higher as it stands as the biggest 'yak fishing tourney in Canada. It's also a qualifying event that sends its winner to the Hobie World Fishing Championships that will be held in Amsterdam this October.
The BCC was held on one of the top smallmouth bass fisheries on the planet, Michigan's Lake St. Clair. Kyle Moxon of nearby Windsor, Ontario, paddled up into the Detroit River to fish its breakwalls, and he was rewarded with a three-fish total measuring just over 60 inches which was good enough to seal the victory and a berth in the event in Amsterdam.
Across the pond, Moxon will compete against anglers from over 20 countries who will fish out of identically-rigged Hobie kayaks to chase fish like pike, perch and zander, which is a walleye cousin. The target species in the event shouldn't be much different than what he is used to fishing for back home.
"Kyle is a very good multi-species angler that should do well in Amsterdam," said BCC organizer Richard Ofner. "I will go so far as to say that Kyle will be more familiar with the target species in Amsterdam than the majority of the North American participants.”
Richard Ofner offered the following press release:
82 anglers registered for the 4th Annual Border City Classic, some of them first time attendees to add to the already large group of anglers that come back each year to fish one of North America’s top Bass venues, Lake St. Clair and the Detroit River. Anglers from all over Ontario, Canada, including Curtis Jensen who flew into Windsor from Edmonton, Alberta, came to compete for the chance to participate in the 2014 Hobie Fishing World Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Kayak anglers competed for the best length of three largemouth and smallmouth bass.
With the temperatures in the eighties and ideal conditions on the lake and river, the 2014 BCC shattered previous BCC event totals by almost three inches. Kyle Moxon of Windsor, Ontario, landed a total of 62 ¾ inches and earned the right to represent Canada in Amsterdam this coming October. His biggest Bass was 21 ¾ inches. Along with the opportunity to participate in the Hobie Worlds, Kyle will also receive $1,200 to pay for travel expenses.