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2011 Berkley B1 Canadian Bass Open Crowns Champions

COLUMBIA, S.C. - With a complete field of 150 teams, the third annual Berkley B1 Bass Open took place on Lake St-Francis in southwestern Quebec with tremendous success. The team of Jason Gramada and Nicolas Gendron claimed the event with 48.02 pounds of smallmouth. Anchoring the winning teams winning weight was a 6.53-pound giant, which also claimed the Lunker award.

"The B1 experience is the ultimate platform where all anglers, young and old, experienced or newcomer can truly come together to celebrate this great sport." said Gendron. "We are humbled by the grandeur, respect and support from all our peers."

To win the tournament, the duo targeted less obvious sand flats. These sand flats held big smallmouth, and became a key rotation in areas fished by the winners. The primary bait used was a wacky-rigged Sinkworm.

"One of the key components to victory was the SpiderWire Fluorobraid." said Gramada. "The Fluorobraid gave us a sinking braided line that gave the Sinkworm more action. The big smallies couldn't resist the action."

In 2009, organizers set out to create the ultimate platform to showcase the best bass anglers in Canada. Not only did the inaugural Berkley B1 deliver this, but it also created an unforgettable experience for the thousands of fishing enthusiasts and competitors who were there to witness it.

"This is one of the greatest ways to promote angling," said Andrew Marks, Berkley Fishing Senior Marketing Manager. "Berkley B1 showcases the unbelievably talented bass anglers in Canada. The Berkley B1 tournaments are a big draw for the newcomers to the serious anglers. This is an event everyone can get in to."

From the tension on the hot seats to the pouring of the champagne, the Berkley B1 succeeded in accomplishing exactly what it was intended to do. Namely, to gather the best bass anglers in Canada and conduct the ultimate shoot out.