The Springfield resident and partner Nick Couvis catch 46.06 pounds of fish
over the two day tournament on St. Clair Lake
July 20, 2021
By Rob J. Ross
SPRINGFIELD, Ont. - When a young boy, Steve Voros would wake up early in the morning and spend the entire day fishing at the dock in Port Burwell.
Voros' grandmother wondered why her grandson wouldn't come home to at least have something to eat.
"I would sit there all day," Voros recalls his grandmother telling him. "She would have to bring my breakfast, bring my lunch and bring my supper. She would say come for supper and I would say I can't. That fish could come by and I don't want to be eating supper when that fish is swimming by the dock."
Years later, Voros, from Springfield, is still spending entire days fishing but the catch has been much bigger.
Voros and Nick Cousvis, of Whitby, won the prestigious Mitchell's Bay Open annual bass tournament, on Lake St. Clair, July 10-11.
The pair shared the top prize of $9600, with a two-day total catch of 46.06 pounds from the 10 fish they submitted.
"A great hobby of mine and once in awhile it pays off for sure," Voros said. "The two of us have teamed up for the past few years. We've done very well. This one it worked out that in the two days we pulled in 46.06 pounds, which is a 4.6 average small mouth. It's pretty awesome."
The pair enjoyed an amazing two days out on the water.
"Day one we got everything in the afternoon. It ws really windy out. We were in four foot waves. Waves were crashing over the back of he boat, but that's part of tournament fishing," Voros said. "On day two, we actually caught over 70 fish. It was unreal. It lasted all day. Right to the very last cast we were catching fish. That was a special day. All quality fish."
In 2016, Voros won the Kingston Canadian Open bass tournament, with a top prize of $12,000.
"That was my pinnacle. Winning this is just as hard because of all of the great local anglers who live along the St. Clair shores," said Voros. "It's a honour to beat them and I know most of them. They're all great anglers. They're tough to beat."
How did Voros and Couvis manage to fill the live well of their boat with so much quality fish during the catch and release tournament.
"We used a lot of jackall baits, Shimano baits, and we used a lot of mega bass baits. Most of our fish came from drop shotting. It's a technique," explained Voros. "We got ours in deep water. We use our electronics. Your electronics are your eyes. We were looking for rock piles and weed clumps. We were fishing in 19, 20 feet of water out in St. Clair. We adapt to the condition of the lake and adapt to what's happening on the water at the time, i.e. wind, water temperature, surface temperature, air temp, water clarity and sunlight."
Voros and Couvis had a monster weekend, but there many weekends the fish aren't biting.
"Fishing is funny. You can one day absolutely knock them out of the water, then next day you're scratching your head going, where did they go," Voros said. "Especially small mouth, they're always on the move. St. Clair is the number one lake for small mouth movement."
Experience helps and Voros been out has been casting a line since he was a pre-schooler.
The teacher and coach at East Elgin Secondary school has seen vast advancement in rods and reels over the years.
"When I started fishing as a kid, I had a five dollar Canadian Tire rod and reel combo with a big button on the reel," said Voros. "Now Shimano is one of my sponsors and we're fishing with incredible reels and rods. I can feel fish not just bite my lull but bump my lure. It's that sensitive."
Voros adds, today's anglers are treated to incredible electronics.
But the sport of fishing is simply more than relaxing for the day out on a boat.
"We beat our selves up with the weather conditions. We wake up at five in the morning and sometimes don't come off the water to eight o'clock at night. That's a long day. It's serious business when we're on the water," Voros said. "The money is good, but the accomplishment and the respect that comes with it and the congratulations from your peers is just as worth it."
Grandma would now proudly bring her grandson a meal any time of day.
The team of Bill Valberg of Tilbury and Chad Wentzell of St. Thomas, the
Mitchell's Bay tournament winners in 2018, placed third with a total catch
weighing in at 43.85 pounds.
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