UPCOMING EVENT: TACKLE WAREHOUSE PRO CIRCUIT - 2020 - Lake Erie

Brueggen Back on top on Mighty Miss

Brueggen Back on top on Mighty Miss

Local angler Mike Brueggen of La Crosse, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 5 ounces, Sunday to win the FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division Super Tournament on the Mississippi River presented by Minn Kota, with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 32 pounds, 6 ounces. For his win, Brueggen took home $8,011.

“I fished the majority of the tournament in Pool No. 8, but also a little bit in Pool No. 9,” says Brueggen, who earned his fourth career BFL win. “I started out the tournament fishing for smallmouth, but by 10 a.m. on Saturday I scrapped that plan. In certain areas of the river as the weeds die off it exposes a clean, sandy bottom. I ended up targeting largemouth in those areas.

“My numbers were good – I caught between 20 and 40 fish each day,” Brueggen continues. “The majority of them were 2-pounders, but I caught a couple of big ones each day.”

Brueggen says that he caught his fish on three baits – a ¼-ounce swim jig with a yellow, silver and blue-colored twister tail, a Kureiji buzzbait and a protoype frog from Kureiji.

“The frog really is a prototype – I have the only two that currently exist,” says Brueggen. “This win should help speed up the release process, though.

“I think the key to my win was just fishing with confidence,” Brueggen went on to say. “I’ve been fishing on this river for more than 15 years and I didn’t even figure out the clean bottom pattern until mid-way through that first day. When you completely scrap the pattern that you have planned, it takes confidence in your abilities.”

The top 10 boaters:

1st:           Mike Brueggen, La Crosse, Wis., 10 bass, 32-6, $6,011 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

2nd:          Jason Howland, Albert Lea, Minn., 10 bass, 32-0, $3,006

3rd:          Chris Aswegan, Tiffin, Iowa, 10 bass, 31-8, $2,827

4th:           Brandon Gann, Sparta, Wis., 10 bass, 31-4, $1,603

5th:           Brian Fitzpatrick, La Crosse, Wis., 10 bass, 30-3, $1,502

6th:           Jeff Ritter, Prairie du Chien, Wis., 10 bass, 29-7, $1,202

7th:           Devin Teigen, Eau Claire, Wis., 10 bass, 29-4, $1,002

8th:           Jeff Benson, Holmen, Wis., 10 bass, 28-7, $902

9th:           Travis Brueggen, Cashton, Wis., 10 bass, 28-6, $802

10th:        Jimmy Johnson, Holmen, Wis., 10 bass, 27-13, $701

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com

Aswegan caught a bass weighing 4 pounds, 13 ounces – the biggest of the tournament in the pro division – and earned the Boater Big Bass award of $825.

 

Leno wins co-angler title

Nicholas Leno of Chicago, Illinois, won the co-angler division and earned $3,006 with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 27 pounds, 2 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers:

1st:           Nicholas Leno, Chicago, Ill., 10 bass, 27-2, $3,006

2nd:          David Boelkins, Waukesha, Wis., 10 bass, 21-13, $1,503

3rd:          Rick Ragner, La Crosse, Wis., eight bass, 17-2, $1,004

4th:           Chad Smith, Davenport, Iowa, six bass, 17-0, $901

5th:           Ben Fisher, Waterloo, Iowa, six bass, 16-15, $1,013

6th:           Benny Stutzman, Caledonia, Minn., six bass, 15-5, $551

7th:           Dan McAdams, Nekoosa, Wis., seven bass, 15-0, $501

8th:           Kristin Knuteson, De Forest, Wis., eight bass, 14-8, $451

9th:           Bill McBride, Rockford, Ill., six bass, 14-6, $401

10th:        Troy Rebeck, Sparta, Wis., six bass, 13-9, $351

Fisher caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division, a fish weighing 5 pounds, 1 ounce, and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $412.

The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 13-15 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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