Mississippi River (pool 5), Kellogg, MN
They said cold rain in the forecast and they couldn’t of been more right. Knowing a cold front was coming in worried me right away. I wasn’t sure how my area was going to hold up with the chill and rain. We ran to my spot right away. Once I got close I decided to troll in so I didn’t disturb the fish. Throwing a Pop R (bone) I quickly caught a 15.5 inch smallmouth bass. The minimum to keep is 14 inches on the river. The other unique deal with the rules down there is this was a no cull tournament. Meaning once you establish a fish a keeper by putting them in your livewell you cannot trade the fish out for a bigger one later. Making it a gamble. Keep this fish in case my spot doesn’t hold up or release him and hope? I decided with the weather to keep the fish. That may have turned out to be my mistake. Once we got to my spot I claimed a full limit of fish and was done fishing by 8:25 a.m. All were over 3 pounds except the smallmouth. My partner Frank was able to sit in the same spot and put together a real nice sack. Drenched and cold we took it to the scales. I was happy to see that I finished in 3rd with 15.6 lbs., got in the money, put myself in position for a run at Angler of the Year, and also put myself into contention to solidify my spot in the 2008 MN B.A.S.S. Federation State Championship held where else but on the Mississippi River pools 4 and 5. Wish me luck!
Congratulations to my tournament partner Frank for taking 1st place with 16.2 pounds and big fish with 4.8 lbs. Great Job! I told you we would hammer them!