June 1 - Lake Ida
June 29 - Lake Le Homme Dieu
August 3 - Lake Minnewaska
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1st Place - Matt Klemm and Trevor Trousil - 19.84 Pounds
The weatherman was wrong on Saturday August 5th and the Reel team anglers who took to Lake Ida were fine with it! Everybody was preparing for an all-day rain, but it turned out to be a beautiful August day. The winds were light from the East and temps were in the mid 70’s. The fish seemed to cooperate for most with a tightly packed leaderboard for the final event of the season.
For the 2nd time this year the team of Matt Klemm and Trevor Trousil got the win. They had a mixed bag of 3 brown and 3 green that weighed 19.84. In second place the team of Jon Englund and Kyle Wicklund had 5 brown and 1 green that weighed 19.69. And rounding out the top 3 was the team of Cody and Dave Rieland weighing 5 green and 1 brown for 19.67.
Big Bass for the event was a 4.72 largemouth caught by Andrew Gajeski and Arthur Dobbs. That big bite got them $300 in FXR gear and propelled them to a 5th place finish for the day.
With a 4th place finish in the final event of the season the team of Matt Gilbertson and Shawn Olson sealed the deal for Angler of the Year! They ended the year with finishes of 1st, 4th, and 5th for a total of 141 points. They needed all but a few of those points to hold off the team of Jeremy Schrantz and Luke Thang who had a great season as well.
Matt Gilbertson and Shawn Olson also took home the Lakes Area Arms big fish of the year award, good for two $500 gift certificates, with their 5.09 largemouth on Lake Minnewaska! Congratulations to all teams who had top finishes and made a run at that season long big fish award.
Once again, the season flew by, and Reel Team bass would like to thank all our anglers, sponsors and host sites for making this circuit possible. Also, a big thanks goes out to Clarence and Carol Rasmussen, for all they do to make sure things go smoothly and for running a top-notch circuit. Please remember to support our amazing sponsors Lakes Area Arms, Alex Pro Firearms and FXR. They are great companies that support bass fishing.
The 2nd event of the Reel Team Bass season is in the books and once again Minnewaska showed out. Anglers had a beautiful day with light winds and high skies with temps in the low 70’s.
Matt Gilbertson and Shawn Olson took top prize for the day. They weighed the biggest bag in the 6 fish era of Reel Team Bass with 6 Green fish weighing 23.13! They also took big bass honors with a 5.09 that not only won them $300 in FXR Gear but put them in the driver’s seat for the Lakes Area Arms Big bass of the year award.
In second place was Scott Johnson and Scott Hawkes with 4 Largemouth and 2 smallmouths weighing 20.60 and coming in 3rd was the team of Greg and Jer Kretzman also weighing 4 largemouth and 2 smallmouths for 20.44. Congratulations to all the top finishers.
Once again, we would like to say a big thank you to our Sponsors FXR, Alex Pro Firearms and Lake Area Arms.
Our next event will be on Lake Ida Saturday August 5th. We are pushing take off back to 6:30AM and we will be weighing in on North end at Big Horn Bay Cove Association at 2:30 PM.
On Saturday June 3rd anglers took to the Le Homme Dieu Chain for the first event of the 2023 season. Conditions were balmy with a light breeze and lots of sun.
When the weigh in concluded at Carlos State Park the team of Matt Klemm and Trevor Trousil came out on top with a bag of 6 Smallmouths that weighed 21.25. In second place was Cody Rupert and Dustin Ziesemer with a bag consisting of 5 Smallmouth and 1 Largemouth for 20.89. Rounding out the top 3 was Jeremy Schrantz and Luke Thang with 4 Smallmouth and 2 Largemouth for 20.82.
Big Bass for the event was a 4.93 Largemouth weighed in by Troy and Sarah Jutting that was good for $300 dollars in FXR gear and puts them in the lead for the season long Big Bass. Teams competing in all 3 events are eligible for the Lakes Area Arms Big Bass award that will give the winners two $500 gift cards to Lakes Area Arms.
Please support our two amazing sponsors FXR and Lakes Area Arms.
Looking forward, the next event will be on Minnewaska on July 8th with take-off and weigh in at Waters Edge in Starbuck, MN.
Matt and Trevor also had big fish of the year, a 4.66 Smallmouth caught on Minnewaska. They win Gift Certificates for guns from Alex Pro Firearms.