UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Chickamauga

Brueggen Mixed it up on the Mighty Miss

Brueggen Mixed it up on the Mighty Miss
Travis Brueggen of Cashton, Wisconsin, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 13 ounces Sunday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division Super Tournament on the Mississippi River with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 33 pounds, 2 ounces. For his victory, Brueggen earned $6,362.

Travis Brueggen of Cashton, Wisconsin, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 13 ounces Sunday to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division Super Tournament on the Mississippi River with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 33 pounds, 2 ounces. For his victory, Brueggen earned $6,362.

“I was able to find some areas where the bass were active during practice,” said Brueggen of his third win in FLW competition. “The trick was following them as they moved out to deeper water in the afternoon sun.

“I concentrated on bank cuts, points, and deep sides of sloughs,” continued Brueggen. “I threw a shad-colored Heddon Zara Spook each morning and switched to a swimbait and a Rat-L-Trap in the afternoon. I knew I would need to adjust my approach as the bass transitioned to deeper water.”

Brueggen said he ended up catching nearly 42 keepers over the course of the tournament – 12 on day one and about 30 on day two.

“It was kind of goofy,” said Brueggen. “The fish weren’t necessarily on certain cover as I expected. I had to be dialed in on the right spot with the right structure at the right time. Luckily it ended up working out as planned.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:          Travis Brueggen, Cashton, Wis., 10 bass, 33-2, $6,362

2nd:         Brandon Gann, Sparta, Wis., 10 bass, 31-6, $3,181

3rd:          Doug Stanton, Winona, Minn., 10 bass, 31-4, $2,122

4th:          Chris Aswegan, Tiffin, Iowa, 10 bass, 29-13, $1,485

5th:          Curtis Samo, Rochelle, Ill., 10 bass, 27-15, $1,272

6th:          Brian Fitzpatrick, La Crosse, Wis., 10 bass, 27-14, $1,166

7th:          Bill Frisk, Holmen, Wis., eight bass, 27-7, $1,060

8th:          Tom Monsoor, La Crosse, Wis., 10 bass, 27-7, $954

9th:          Kary Ray, Tiffin, Iowa, 10 bass, 27-5, $848

10th:        Bob Bungard, Holmen, Wis., 10 bass, 26-13, $742              

Complete results can be found here.

John Berrens of Weyauwega, Wisconsin, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division Friday, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 8 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $900.

Weiss wins co-angler title

Max Weiss of Wabasha, Minnesota, won the co-angler division and $3,181 with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 26 pounds, 5 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:          Max Weiss, Wabasha, Minn., 10 bass, 26-5, $3,181

2nd:         Craig Fanning, Elwood, Ill., 10 bass, 25-5, $1,591

3rd:          Frank Cipra, Prairie du Chien, Wis., 10 bass, 24-8, $1,061

4th:          Adam Douglas, Tripoli, Iowa, seven bass 22-14, $742

5th:          Matt Knox, Metamora, Ill., 10 bass, 21-12, $636

6th:          Kyle Rabelhofer, Silver Lake, Wis., nine bass, 21-11, $583

7th:          Bill McBride, Rockford, Ill., 10 bass, 21-4, $530

8th:          Matthew Frisk, Sparta, Wis., 10 bass, 20-15, $477

9th:          Tony Kromke, La Crosse, Wis., nine bass, 19-14, $424

10th:        Paul VonWald, La Crosse, Wis., nine bass, 19-3, $371

Ben Rockey of Westbend, Wisconsin, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $450.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings now 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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