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One of my favorite sections of Bassmasters and Bassin Times is the Tournament Report. I like to see who did what and find out how. Then I thought that it is probably true that most of us who come to this forum probably fish a tournament or two or more. I think it would be cool if people reported on the tournaments they participated in, and on how well they did or did not do and reasons as to why they think things went that way. I do not have time now but I'll give an example/ 1st report when I get the chance. I think we all could learn a lot from this and maybe even get a bit of a competitive edge in some cases.

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On July 6th
Fishers of Men Mn Division 15boats?
Mille Lacs Partly Cly to clear SE 5-15MPH

I had prefished for this tournament on three separate occasions. All 3 days I located largemouth. Smallies With the 21" minimum and limit of 1 made a limit of largemouth the better gamble.

Size in prefishing was generally 13-16" with a couple in the 3 and 4lb range. I found them in boat channels and heavy cover area's especially if there were multiple types in an area. (reeds, bulrushes, cabbage, pads, etc.) I was fishing the S to SE side of the lake. 1-7ft of water

I was very confident going into tournament day that we would catch fish. The only question is whether we would get some bigger ones. We didn't land any. We dropped several fish. Actually it was mostly my partner as that his gear was probably not quite heavy enough.

We had a good weedless frog/ buzzbait bite in the morning. Fish were very much related to the outside edges early. Unfortunatly we did not work from outside to inside and only figured out that's where they were about the time the sun started getting higher pushing them back in.

We took a short run to some new water across the way that I had not scouted It looked good but we came up with nothing. We went back to the area that obviously was holding quite a few fish. No hits on frogs so we switched to jignpigs. Managed to cull a couple more and catch a few more that went right back. In the last hour we went despiration Smallie fishing. No luck. We proobably caught 14 to 20 fish that measured, no dinks.

I know we had 10lb's something but am still not sure of our exact place.

Scott Bonnema & Paul Newman 17.6lbs
Apparently mostly on jigs
Big Fish was 4.94
for more on this tournament see mnfom.com

Ps You don't have to go into as much detail. But include Lake, date, #0f boats something about conditions and what you did and placed.

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I usually fish Dennys Wed eve Bassin on Lake Minnetonka. Last Tournamnt was July 17th. There were 50 boats in the field of which I do not feel there is any stronger competition in the state to fish against. Opinions vary. We brought in over 15lbs on 5 fish and finished around 20th our big bass was 4-8. I think the Capras brought in one that was 6lbs even, it was pretty large. Not sure exactly but I think there were for sure more than 10 5lb bass weighed. We found most of our fish in about 17ft on the outside weedline and caught them using a variety of soft plastics on Carolina rigs. Not exactly sure what won it but I believe the top three teams all brought in over 20lb. So all I am giong to have to do to win is catch my 5 biggest bass of the year in 4hrs. I just started bass fishing last year so my results vary greatly from week to week but as long as I catch a couple I am happy. I am a lock to win for the next tournament on Aug 14th.

Check it out for more info

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