Canterbury Chronicles, part 4: St. Lawrence and Cayuga

This is the fourth installment in a five-part series retracing the steps that led Elite Series pro Scott Canterbury to his first Bassmaster Angler of the Year title in 2019. We pick back up at the seventh stop of the season.

St. Lawrence River

Canterbury had spent a couple days on the St. Lawrence River, but had no prior knowledge of the expansive fishery. And the conditions had changed drastically over the off-limits period, so he quickly found himself scratching his head late in the official practice period.

“The third day of practice I was still riding the struggle bus,” he said. “I went back to a stretch of the river where I had caught a couple decent fish the first day of practice. I just slowed down in that stretch and started picking it apart. I’d catch one off a place and then I’d leave. I wasn’t catching a bunch of fish, but when I got a bite it was good one.

“I caught a 4-pounder off a place, and then the next place I caught a 4-pounder. Then I just tried to find as many places as I could. I ended up catching a 5-11 and a 5-13. It was pretty good that third day of practice. I knew I was going to spend my tournament in that area.”