JUNIOR BASSMASTER’S NORTHERN DIVISIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Lake St. Clair - June 25, 2004
Kevin Niccum, Derek Kuntz, Derek Jacobson, and Dave Saterbak of the Bassin
Boys, Matt Vogel of the Fairmont Junior club, and Randy Barnet of the Bemidji
Junior club represented the Minnesota Junior Bass Federation.
The majority of the Minnesota Junior team got on the water, Sunday the 20th and had 5 full days of practice on the lake. With the size of the lake and vastly different fishing conditions, they had their work cut out for them. They put in some long days along with their parents on the water during that week. All of the Minnesota Junior Team had solid patterns going up to Thursday. The night before tournament, a major cold front came through and shut fish down. It dropped 20 degrees in 1 hour on Thursday night. Largemouth were the more solid pattern against the sea walls, boat slips, and the first 100 feet of canals on the main lake on Jigs/Craws, Rattle Traps, and Husky Jerks. The Team also focused on smallmouth during the week also. The smallmouth were still in post spawn, scattered, and not yet on a real solid bite yet. The All Terrain green tube with 3/8 oz exposed hook was the key tube they were using to catch them. Drifting over the vast flats was the key. The Minnesota Junior Team made choice to go after largemouth because that was the most consistent bite going. Derek Jacobson of the Bassin Boys won big Bass in older age group and brought three fish to the scale by using an All Terrain black/blue jig with a Berkley Power Craw and placed 5th overall in the tournament, and 3rd in the 15-18 age group. The team was faced with difficult conditions and went out and fished hard all day. Great Job!!!!
Thanks to the Minnesota Junior Team Sponsors.
The Minnesota B.A.S.S. Federation
Cenex - Life Vests and patches for the Team.
All Terrain Tackle - Lures for the team and embroidery.
Ranger Boats - Shirts for the Team
A&N Tackle, Kevin and Julie Paa - Custom Culling Ropes, Balance Beams and embroidery.
Berkley, Lures and patches for the team
Next stop, North Carolina and the World Championship. Derek Kuntz and Randy Helms, winners from last year’s tournament will be competing in this tournament. Good luck to them!!
On August 13th, the 3rd Minnesota Junior State Championship will be held on Turtle Lake (north on Bemidji). It promises to be a great tournament.
The Michigan B.A.S.S. Federation hosted the Northern Divisional event, and
was sponsored by the Bryan Kerchal Memorial Fund, Cenex Oil, Microtel Inns,
, All-Star Rods, Bass Pro Shop, McGuiness, Murray's Auto Parts, TTI Company,
Daiichi Hooks, Gene Larew, Ranger Boats, Meijer Stores, Scales & Tales/Action
Performance, Gino's Surf Restaurant, Gordon Foods, Sysco Foods, Dick’s
Sporting Goods, BASS/ESPN, Mercury/Motorguide, Little Bill's Trophies, Quality
First Aid, Jay's Sporting Goods, Red Dragon, Snack Daddy Lures, Clearwater Tackle,
American Rodsmith, Gambler, Bang Products, Mepps, Absopure Water Company and