Canadians make history at 2020 Bassmaster Classic

by Luigi De Rose | March 9, 2020
Jeff Gustafson with large bass
Jeff Gustafson of Keewatin competes in the 2020 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Guntersville in Alabama.
(Photo courtesy Gary Tramontina/Bassmaster Classic)

Canadian history was made at the 50th annual 2020 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic held over the weekend.

For the first time, three Canadians took part in the Super Bowl of bass fishing.

Ontario OUT of DOORS’ Jeff “Gussy” Gustafson, of Keewatin, and brothers Cory and Chris Johnston, of Peterborough, along with 50 other anglers, competed for $1,000,000 US on Lake Guntersville, Alabama.

The achievements are significant — only fellow Canadians Hank Gibson, in 1990, and Charles Sim in 2016, have qualified for a Classic.

The results

However, Lake Guntersville wasn’t overly welcoming, greeting anglers with windy, cold lake conditions instead.

Gustafson finished 31st and claimed day two Big Bass honours with a 7-lb, 3-oz largemouth; Chris Johnston finished 34th and Cory Johnston 47th respectively. 

Hank Cherry of North Carolina was crowned champion, leading from wire-to-wire. His 65.05 lb for 15 bass over the three-day competition secured the title and $300,000 US in prize money.

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