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.
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!
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.