2017 Warrior Series TOC


Brainderd Warrior Tournament Trail - Tournament of Champions

This Minnesota tournament trail provided 5 opportunities for teams to qualify for the Oct 1st Tournament of Champions held on Bay Lake.  The winners of the TOC won a Lund Renegade 1775 boat ($25,000 value) The top 5 teams in each of the qualifying  tournaments  advanced to the final. 

Becker Bass Team Qualifies 2 Teams for TOC

  • Nate Bujarski & Neil Odden
    • Qualified in 4th place at Lake Minnetonka tournament
  • Jon & Jacob Novak
    • Qualified in 4th place on the Whitefish Chain

Tournament Day - October 1st - Bay Lake - Ruttgers Resort

  • Tournament style was a Major League Fishing Style event where every bass caught counts towards your total weight.  The boat captain acts as the marshal and weighs and registers each fish on the tracker app.  The app can be watched by anyone and makes it easy for all fans to watch as the results are published.  At Ruttgers resort the tournament set up a TV screen for all fans to watch in the lodge. It makes for a fun environment as the coaches, parents, and other cheer on their teams. 
  • The teams fished 2 x 4 hour time periods.  
  • The weather was nasty, windy, rain and cold (50-55 degrees).
  • 25 total teams made up the tournament field.  Some of the best  High School teams in Minnesota!

Becker 2nd and 5th place! It came down to the wire!

 We had quite a crowd at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge cheering on our fisherman! At half time it was 1- Brainerd, 2 - Becker, 3 - Becker! With an hour to go Brainerd had an 8# lead and looked at running away with the tourney. But the team of twins Jon & Jacob Novak had other plans! They got on a bite and creeped all the way up. With less than 5 minutes to go they were within 5oz of the lead! They hooked into a fish, but unfortunately lost it. Then they caught another, but it was 11" and not big enough to weigh. The top team of Joe Stolski and Alex Stirewalt said they weren't on fish at the end and just were cringing, they watched on the app as the Becker team closed their comfortable lead. In the end it was this Brainerd team who took away the grand prize, but not without a little rattle of the nerves. Our second team of Nathan Bujarski and Neil Odden started off the first half on a great shallow water bite. In the afternoon they went on a 2 hour dry spell that knocked them down to as low as 7th place. A goal for our team was to place a team in the top 5. Nate and Neil never gave up and fought their way back to 5th place. Our 2 teams ground through the elements and did an awesome job! 2 in the top 5 for our very first year! Many accolades from the other coaches, parents, competitors and industry peers of our teams professionalism and graciousness. Extremely proud of these boys and this team! 

Pelican Lake Tournament August 2017


MN Jr Bass Nation Tournament - Breezy Point Resort

  • Becker Bass Team's second tournment of the year in the MN Jr Bass Nation series. 
  • 7 Teams Participated from Becker. 
    • Jack Budd and Calvin Fritsch competed in their very first tournament and were all smiles! 
  • Coaches goal was to have one team break into the top 10.
  • Two teams finished in the top 5 !
    • Jon & Jacob Novak  - 4th place just over 15# bag / 5 fish
    • Charlie Wright and Carter Hietala  - 5th place  - 14.91# bag / 5 fish
  • See Below For Photos!

Classic Bass Champions Tour


Volunteer Participants As Tournament Boat Marshals/Judges

Classic Bass hosted tournaments as part of their Champions Tour August 5th on Gull Lake and August 6th on the Whitefish Chain. The Becker Bass Team volunteered to support these tournaments as boat marshals / tournament judges.  The Champions Tour is a Major League Fishing style event where each fish caught over 12 inches counts towards a tournament total.  The judges weigh the fish and submit the results via the scoretracker app, where live results can be followed online.  The judges also assess penalties on the boat during the tournament.   

  • We were very impressed with the hospitality of Scott Bonnema and the Classic Bass team.  Our team received a bag of goodies to keep including a jersey and gators to wear during the tournament.  The tournaments were very well organized and everyone was very helpful.
  • This experience provided so much knowledge to our team members who were able to participate.  Being able to ride along with professionals,  see the equipment they use, learn their tactics and techniques was invaluable.
  • Being on the BASS team presents opportunities like this to our team members.  These organizations have been extremely excited to invite and help out our young fishermen.
  • Check out:  www.classicbass.com