(September 2, 2009 issue of Churubusco News)
by Ryan Schwab
Escanaba, MI – The winds switched, the waters roughened, and the quarters got cramped.
Thus is the story for John Grimm, who lives off of Fogel Road between Churubusco and Huntertown, whose dream run at the National Amateur Bassfishing Tournament, and a possible slot in the Bassmasters Classic, hit a wave.
Grimm, who placed sixth in this same Tournament in 2008, trailed by just four pounds going into the third and final day of the BASS Northern Divisional held August 10-14 at Little Bay de Noc in Escanaba, MI. A strong northwesterly wind changed the entire complexion of the tournament, crowding the waters, preventing Grimm from getting the size of fish he needed.
Still, Grimm was second on the Indiana State team, 20th overall, and is an alternate for BASS Federation Nation Championship in late October in Tavares, Fl.
Brian Hensley, who lives in Edwardsburg, MI. but fishes in an association in Northern Indiana, caught one more fish than Grimm, providing the difference. Hensley is making his second consecutive appearance in the National Tournament.
“The rough water was my downfall,” Grimm admitted. “I didn’t travel very far (to fish) and it got real crowded where I was at. When it got crowded, my fish got split up amongst a bunch of us.”