On Saturday 9/10/11 the Minnesota Federation of Bass Anglers held the first ever Minnesota State High School Bass Championship on Gull Lake in Brainerd, MN. Held at Cragun’s resort the weather was perfect, and the bass were biting. All participating teams caught and weighed fish. Prizes were awarded to all participants regardless of their finish. Awards and prizes were furnished by our generous sponsors at Cabela’s, Ranger Boats, Solar Bat eyewear and Berkley.
The winners and new Minnesota State High School Champions are Nick Montilino from Edinaand James Stein II from Northfield. Targeting 8 foot deep weed clumps with jigs; their limit of five bass weighed 16 pounds 3 oz, beating 2nd place Annandale Cardinal anglers James Chapman and Ryan Floistad whose bag weighed 12-8. Third place plaques went to Will Stolski and Parker Sundquist of the Brainerd Warriors with a 5 fish limit at 11-2.
The state champions will advance to an FLW Outdoors/TBF High School Fishing Regional Championship held in conjunction with a National Guard FLW College Fishing Regional Championship hosted on a college campus this fall. They will receive travel allowances to help offset expenses. The winners from each regional will advance to the FLW Outdoors/TBF High School Fishing National Championship held on a college campus in conjunction with the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship in the Spring of 2012. National Champions will each receive a $5,000 scholarship to use at the university of their choice.
Minnesota Federation of Bass Anglers is the MN State Chapter of The Bass Federation (TBF). The Bass Federation Inc. (TBF) is owned by those it serves and is dedicated to the sport of fishing. TBF affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 fishing, youth and conservation events at the local level each year and have provided the foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more than 35 years. In 2006 TBF partnered with the largest tournament operations and marketing organization in the world, FLW Outdoors. For more information about The Bass Federation, visit bassfederation.com or call 580-765-9031.