This year was the first annual Don Nelson Memorial Tournament presented by Kruger Farms. Don was owner and operator of Kruger Farms before his untimely passing and though I never knew Don personally, he helped some of my good friends and gave them the opportunity to chase their dreams. When good buddy Andy Young called me up and asked if I wanted to pair up with him out on Lake Minnewaska, minutes away from the farm itself, I was all in!
Honestly, my track record on Lake Minnewaska isn’t the greatest. I’ve fished two Silverado Pro-Am events there several years back and never got in the money. Now, Minnewaska just happens to be a smallmouth factory and I just so happen to know a thing or two about catching smallmouth. At the same time, giving credit where credit is due, my boy Andy ain’t no slouch on this body of water. He’s had a a few solid years of experience on the Kruger Farms Team and is a potential winner anytime he competes out there. Andy made the learning curve an absolute breeze and before you knew it we were locating quality schools of smallmouth in no time.
During practice and the tournament itself, we stayed out at Kruger Farms for the week and took part in a super sale the store was doing on the upcoming waterfowl season and joked around, ate Kruger cuts and drank our fair share of Miller Lite. The farm and everything that comes with it is one special place and everything Don worked so hard for is flourishing as a result.
The actual tournament and Andy and I got off to a fast start. Before the sun got high, we cracked a couple on the Outkast Feider Fly and Biovex Face 70 Popper. I was able to get a good cast in on some isolated cover and the result was a 5.1 oz. smallmouth on a topwater that ended up being the big fish of the tournament.
All day we chased down smallmouth and as the sun got higher we used that to our advantage to slowly cull up a good limit. In the end, we were just a tad short and ended up with a solid limit of bass and a nice check for a 3rd place finish.
This tournament was a great time with great people. If you’re looking for something in particular in the hunting and fishing world, check out KrugerFarms.com.