Lake Minnetonka, Spring Park, MN
Since early Spring I’ve been so excited for this tournament. When I saw that Cabela’s and North American Fisherman was teaming up for the North American Masters Circuit on Lake Minnetonka, I couldn’t wait to send in my entry fee. This event, promising big name anglers, a big payout and a shot at the NABC World Championship held on Leech lake was enough to keep my mind spinning at the thought of winning such an event.
Teaming up with me was none other then my boy, Corey Brant and we both put in a lot of man hours trying to crack the code of these dog day summer lunkers. We managed to catch good bass all week leading up to the event but so was a lot of other anglers. Tonka has been holding up to its reputation to say the least, big bags of largemouth have been consistently coming across the scales so we knew we needed to pull out all the stops for a true run at the leaderboard.
I was a little nervous when I found out we drew boat 42, I was really hoping for a early draw especially since the return times weren’t staggered. None the less we knew we had a solid game plan and plenty a spots to fish that there was no way we would get to everything anyway.
I hate that I can’t get into to much detail being that we have another big event out there in just a couple days but I can say we grinded all day, literally to the very end. We caught them both deep and shallow on a multitude of different baits. It was a perfect team effort all the way by making good decisions, landing quality lunkers and some superb fish landing. So good that we took the top prize with a whopping 5 bass for 23.53 pounds!!! A giant sack to say the least and cashed a very rewarding paycheck. To be honest, the money is great but the hardware saying we bested a stacked field on that lake is truly priceless. This tournament means so much to me, we along with our other partner in crime Ryan Brant have put in countless man hours on that lake and been soooo close so many times. We’ve literally seen way more than our share of wins vanish at the side of the boat. This isn’t my first win and I hope to have many many more but I promise I’ll never let go of this one.
We also qualified for the NABC Championship held on Leech Lake, September 24th and 25th. First place prize is $20,000!!
Check out the full results here.
Up next is the Denny’s Super 30 in just a few days. We find ourselves sitting in 7th place in the Team of the Year points with 2 events to go. Hopefully our pattern holds up and we can continue to move up and make our run at the team of the year.