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La Crosse’s Brueggen Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division Tournament on Mississippi River

La Crosse’s Brueggen Wins T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division Tournament on Mississippi River
Mike Brueggen

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. – Mike Brueggen of La Crosse, Wisconsin, caught five bass weighing 14 pounds, 11 ounces, Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division tournament on the Mississippi River. For his efforts, Brueggen took home $6,046.

“We weren’t able to launch until around 9:30 (a.m.) due to a fog delay,” said Brueggen, who earned his fifth career-win on the Mississippi River in BFL competition. “After the delay was lifted, I locked to Pool No. 9 along with three-quarters of the field. I worked through an area that had scattered weeds and sand in about a foot of water. I caught 10 keepers on a 3/8-ounce black buzzbait and ended up weighing two of them.”

Around 1 p.m., Brueggen said he locked back to Pool No. 10 with approximately 14 pounds of bass in his livewell. He said he used his buzzbait and a white Spro Bronzeye 65 frog to fish another stretch of scattered weeds and finish out his day.

“Both of my areas were near the main river,” said Brueggen. “The fish were pretty spread out and they didn’t want to bite. I had to move the buzzbait fast to get them to strike.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:

               1st:          Mike Brueggen, La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 14-11, $4,046 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

               2nd:         Jeff Ritter, Prairie du Chien, Wis., five bass, 14-10, $1,885

               2nd:         Curtis Samo, Rochelle, Ill., five bass, 14-10, $1,685

               4th:          Brian Fitzpatrick, La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 14-1, $1,244

               5th:          Mike Ratz, Hudson, Wis., five bass, 13-13, $775

               5th:          Yamamoto Baits pro Tom Monsoor, La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 13-13, $875

               7th:          Mike Feldermann, Galena, Ill., five bass, 13-12, $951

               8th:          Kyler Chelminiak, McKenzie, Tenn., five bass, 13-9, $607

               9th:          Don Vandermeer, Loves Park, Ill., five bass, 13-5, $539

               10th:        Cade Laufenberg, Winona, Minn., five bass, 12-12, $472

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.  

Mark Tonjum of Sioux City, Iowa, caught a bass weighing 3 pounds, 14 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $277.

Tony Seiler of River Falls, Wisconsin, caught five bass weighing 11 pounds, 14 ounces to win the Co-angler Division and $2,023.

The top 10 co-anglers were:

               1st:          Tony Seiler, River Falls, Wis., five bass, 11-14, $2,023

               2nd:         Richard Conrad, Burnsville, Minn., five bass, 9-13, $1,011

               3rd:          Tyler Nelson, Waunakee, Wis., five bass, 9-12, $674

               4th:          William Felten, Lake Zurich, Ill., four bass, 9-7, $472

               5th:          Jared Greninger, Byron, Ill., five bass, 9-4, $605

               6th:          Alexandru Spiac, Chicago, Ill., four bass, 9-0, $371

               7th:          Rick Poteet, Springbrook, Wis., four bass, 8-1, $337

               8th:          Greg Oppegard, West Saint Paul, Minn., three bass, 7-14, $580

               9th:          Steve Esser, Dubuque, Iowa, four bass, 7-13, $270

               10th:        Josh Mohn, Lansing, Iowa, three bass, 6-14, $236

Oppegard caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 4 pounds, 1 ounce – and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $277.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 12-14 BFL Regional Championship on the Barren River in Scottsville, Kentucky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.

The 2017 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the BFL on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

About FLW

FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2017 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 258 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Snapchat.

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