UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Dale Hollow Lake

Brueggen Flips Wood for Title

Brueggen Flips Wood for Title
Travis Brueggen of Cashton, Wis., won the May 9 Great Lakes Division event on the Mississippi River with a 15-pound, 11-ounce limit to earn over $5,300.

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Travis Brueggen of Cashton, Wisconsin, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday to win the first Walmart Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division tournament of 2015 on the Mississippi River at La Crosse. For his victory, Brueggen earned $4,695.

“It’s a great feeling to win a tournament like this,” said Brueggen. “There are a lot of talented anglers around here so I’m happy with the fish I brought in.”

Brueggen said he fished the north end of the Mississippi River in Pool No. 7. In practice he said he had dialed in on the bite but had to adjust his pattern the morning of the tournament. 

“The groups of fish I found in practice were a lot smaller on Saturday so I had to narrow down my best areas into individual pieces of cover,” said Brueggen. “I ended up flipping a black and blue-colored Lethal Weapon Lethal Bug Jig into wood all day and caught about 15 keepers. It was my best option at the time.”

By 1 p.m., Brueggen said he had around 12 pounds in the boat, but knew he needed more to win. Twenty minutes before he was due to check in at the scale, he caught a 4-pound, 9-ounce kicker off of a tree lying in the water to help push him into the lead.

“Towards the end of practice I was losing confidence but luckily I found the right pieces of wood and trees to catch what I needed,” said Brueggen.

The top 10 boaters finished:

1st:          Travis Brueggen, Cashton, Wis., five bass, 15-11, $4,695

2nd:         Bob Bungard, Holmen, Wis., five bass, 15-1, $2,348

3rd:          Brian Fitzpatrick, La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 14-11, $1,330

3rd:          Clayton Reitz, Morton, Ill., five bass, 14-11, $1,330

5th:          Roger Ward, Macomb, Ill., five bass, 14-10, $939

6th:          Bill Salzmann, Galena, Ill., five bass, 14-7, $822

6th:          Chris Welch, Fall River, Wis., five bass, 14-7, $822

8th:          Jeff Pfeffer, Cambridge, Minn., five bass, 14-5, $704

9th:          Brad Leifermann, Andover, Minn., five bass, 14-3, $626

10th:        Ron Taylor, Chicago, Ill., five bass, 14-2, $548              

Complete results can be found here.  

Brueggen also caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 9 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $700.

Schultz wins co-angler title

Co-angler Chad Schultz of Roscoe, Ill., won the May 9 Great Lakes Division event on the Mississippi River with a 12-pound, 12-ounce limit and took home over $2,300.

Chad Schultz of Roscoe, Illinois, weighed in a five-bass limit totaling 12 pounds, 12 ounces Saturday to win $2,348 in the co-angler division.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Chad Schultz, Roscoe, Ill., five bass  , 12-12, $2,348

2nd:         David Gnewikow, Sparta, Wis., five bass, 12-7, $1,174

3rd:          Alan Bernicky, Joliet, Ill., five bass, 12-4, $781

4th:          Ronald Syverson, Holmen, Wis., five bass, 11-14, $548

5th:          Hector Garcia, Elgin, Ill., five bass, 11-12, $470

6th:          Nathan Zentner, Wheaton, Ill., five bass, 11-8, $430

7th:          Greg Oppegard, West Saint Paul, Minn., four bass, 11-6, $391

8th:          Tom Lyskawka, Arlington Heights, Ill., five bass, 11-5, $352

9th:          Matthew Frisk, Sparta, Wis., five bass, 10-13, $313

10th:        Brooks Gullixon, Middleton, Wis., five bass, 10-12, $274

Oppegard caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $116.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 15-17 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

 

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