629 fish caught with a total weight of 1724.9 lbs and day one of the 31st Annual Kenora Bass International on Lake of the Woods is wrapped up.

After a tight race for the early lead, Jon Olson and Clay Lajeunesse of Kenora are in first place, but still have two days to keep it.

Olson and Lajeunesse came out with a total of 18.58 lbs.

At a close second are Scott Anderson and Craig Peterson of Bemidji, MN with 18.53 lbs. and third are Oliver and Jason Gibbons of Morson, ON with 18.44.

First place finishers of the 2017 Kenora Bass International tournament, Bill Godin and Leroy Wilson are sitting at 44th place with 14.33

Ty McNaughton and Easton Kapelus of Ile des Chênes, MBTy McNaughton and Easton Kapelus of Ile des Chênes, MB

The Kenora Bass International may be common to some anglers, but 15-year-old Ty McNaughton and 14-year-old Easton Kapelus of Ile des Chênes, MB are newcomers to the tournament and they had a rough start as their boat broke down when they first hit the water early this morning.

 "We figured we had some good Karma coming to us after that begining. Everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong. As soon as we got to our first spot, about the first five seconds we caught a fish, then it slowed down," McNaughton said. 

McNaughton and Kapelus finished day one in 115th place out of 129 teams with 10.79 lbs. 

"This is our first time fishing in a big tournament like this so we're pretty pumped just to get over ten pounds," he adds.

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104 children also took part in the day for the Kids KBI off of the Harbourfront docks. Cory Libitka is the Director of the event and says she was glad to see the turn out. 

"We were pretty much full. There were more kids than we would normally take, but we don't like to say 'no' to anyone - so it was a great turnout!" she says.

Libitka added that the kids who participated received a KBI T-shirt, loot bag and prizes. A charity BBQ also took place in the afternoon where proceeds will go to an organization of the committee's choice.

Jake McLeod was on the docks for the Kids Tournament and says he's familiar with the event.

"I've been fishing in the KBI for two years and this year, it's been pretty good. The best part of fishing is probably the peace and quiet," he says.

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The first placed boy and girl from the Kids tournament will have the opportunity to take part in Saturday night's Big Bass Bash boat parade, which will feature the top ten anglers of the tournament.

Both tournaments continue tomorrow during the day and the evening will see a Ladies' Night, which will have yoga and live entertainment from Shandra Levreault and Slow Motion Walter of Winnipeg, MB.

For more information:

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Welcome to KBI Weekend (Schedule)

Kenora Bass International

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