2006 JUNIOR B.A.S.S. FEDERATION CHAMPIONSHIP

Lake Washington, June 30, 2006
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On June 30, junior anglers from around the State of Minnesota came to compete in the 5th Minnesota Junior State Championship on Lake Washington. 47 junior anglers from 6 different Minnesota Junior BASS Federation clubs participated in this year,s championship tournament. The participating clubs were the Fairmont Junior club, Red Lake Bass Busters, Bassinators, Gopher Junior Club, Bassin Boys, and Granite City Jr Club. Junior anglers were paired together with an angler from a different junior club. Their adult boaters were from the clubs that attended the state tournament and members of the Board of Directors from the Minnesota Bass Federation Nation.

Push off was at 6:00am that morning out of Westwood Marina. The junior anglers were greeted with clouds, moderate winds, and temperatures in the lower 60ís. The clouds were a factor till 10:30 that morning and then the sun and hot weather arrived. The majority of Jr anglers concentrated on the bulrushes, lily pad fields, and docks. They were all catching fish, but the key was finding fish around the12Ē minimum length that was required. Talking with many of the Jr. Contenderís and their boat drivers after the tournament, the bite was not consistent on any one key pattern for a majority of the junior anglers.

The weigh-in site was the Westwood Marina on Lake Washington. Parents, friends and guests were on the docks and shores watching the boats arrive for the 2:00pm check in time. After all anglers were checked in, the weigh in began. The Jr. anglerís from each boat were brought up to the scales. Vern Wagner, the Minnesota Bass Federation Nation Conservation Director was a boater that day and the MC of the weigh in. Vern talked with each contestant about their day on the water and their techniques. The leader board changed several times during the weigh-in for top weight and Big Bass for each age group. The awards ceremony was very exciting because the weights were so close in both age groups.

The TOP HOOK award went to Derek Jacobson of the Bassin Boys (15-18 age group) with a weight of 11.32 pounds. This was for the best overall weight from the tournament from either age group. At the pre-tournament meeting it was announced that Derek would be 19 before National tournament cut off date, and if he won he could not advance the Junior World Championship. The 2nd place winner in the older age group would advance the JWC if Derek won his age group. Derek just wanted to fish and end his Junior Bass career with a bang. He did just that. Best weight for the tournament and Top Hook. The Top Hook award is a memorial award in memory of Tom "GRAMPA" Nelson who passed away 3 1/2 years ago after a battle with cancer. Tom's wife Carol and their children were there that day to present the Top Hook award to Derek.

1st place for both age groups were announced. Cody Sieben (11-14 age group) from the Gopher Jr. club with a weight of 8.30 pounds and Derek Jacobson (15-18 age group) from the BASSIN BOYS with a weight of 11.32 pounds. Cody Sieben advances to the 2007 Junior World Championship.

2nd place went to Mark Shirley (11-14 age group) from the Granite City Jr club with a weight of 7.02 pounds and Tom Gomez (15-18 age group) from the Bassin Boys with a weight of 9.42 pounds. Tom Gomez advances to the 2007 Junior World Championship in place of Derek Jacobson .

3rd place went Ben Brown (11-14 age group) from the Fairmont Jr. Club with a weight of 6.56 pounds and Aaron Jorgensen (15-18 age group) from the Fairmont Jr.Club with a weight of 8.84 pounds.

Big BASS of the tournament went to Ben Brown (11-14 age group) with a 4.08 pound Bass and Aaron Jorgensen (15-18 age group) with a 3.84 pound Bass.

In the inaugural Top Club Team award,Gopher Junior Bass took honors with a combined weight of 22.96 pounds. Team members were Lucas Lindgren, Cody Sieben, Don and Rick Brenhoffer. Each angler received a plaque.

There were a total of 164 largemouth bass brought to the scales that day with a total of weight of 227.58 pounds for the tournament. This is the largest creel in the tournament’s 5 year history. The bass were released back into the lake.

Tom and Cody along with their families now advance to the 2007 Jr. World Championship on February 17th on Lake Logan in Alabama. They will be paired with another Jr. Angler from a different state for a two day event. Their boat driver will be one of the 2007 Bassmaster Classic contenders. They will fish a one day pro- am with that angler and then the next day the boys will be on their own. They have an adventure ahead of them that they will not forget. Good luck to our National Team, Tom and Cody.

Special thanks go out to these People, Companies and Organizations

Dale Richardson, the Minnesota BASS Adult Federation Nation Tournament Director
This was Dale's third year as our Jr. Federation Tournament Director. His dedication to the youth over the years has always been outstanding. This tournament's great success is attributed to Dale for making sure everything was covered on and off the water for all the Jr. Anglers. I think I speak for everyone associated with the Jr. tournament, and say thank you!

Dave Vogel
Dave arranged all the pre-tournament meeting site, weigh-in site, and applied for all required permits.

Vern Wagner
The Minnesota BASS Adult Federation Nation Conservation Director for being the MC the tournament weigh-in.

MOJO Rods
For sponsoring the National Team each with a custom rod.

Pure Fishing
For tackle packs for all of the contestants and rod/reel combinations for the National Team. Randy Gorman, territorial manager for Pure Fishing presented a rod/reel combination to the National Team.

MG Lures
For donating tackle packs for all of the contestants and sponsorship for our National Team.

All Terrain Tackle
For donating jigs for all of the contestants and sponsorship for our National Team

Westwind Marina
They opened up their facilities for us and gave us a perfect place for this State Jr. Championship.

Gander Mountain (Mankato)
For the pre-tournament meeting site and tackle donations.

Shields (Mankato)
For donating rod and reel combo.

The Minnesota BASS Federation
For providing the trophies.

Next year we move to the western part of Minnesota for the 2007 Junior State Championship. I hope to see you all there. The tentative lake is Clearwater and date will be named at a later time.

Todd Saterbak
Minnesota Bass Federation Youth Director


Minnesota 2006 Jr State Championship Individual Results
Lake Washington, June 30, 2006
11-14 AGE GROUP FINISH CLUB WEIGHT # OF FISH BIG BASS
CODY SIEBEN 1ST GOPHER JR 8.30 5
MARK SHIRLEY 2ND GRANITE CITY JR 7.02 5
BEN BROWN 3RD FAIRMONT JR CLUB 6.56 2 4.08
MATT VEECH 4TH GOPHER JR 5.84 5
LUKE GILMER 5TH BASSINATORS 5.04 4 2.42
LUCAS LINDGREN 6TH GOPHER JR 5.04 4 1.94
ADAM JORGENSEN 7TH FAIRMONT JR CLUB 4.02 3
AUSTIN WHITEHURST 8TH BASSIN BOYS 3.62 3
APRIL KINGBIRD 9TH REDLAKE 3.38 3
CONNER DIEGNAU 10TH FAIRMONT JR CLUB 2.04 1
JOEY DUFLO 11TH FAIRMONT JR CLUB 1.02
MATT COOK 12TH BASSIN BOYS 0.00
ED MIHALOW 12TH BASSINNATORS 0.00
JAYDEN HUSET 12TH FAIRMONT JR CLUB 0.00 2
TOTAL WEIGHT 51.88
TOTAL FISH CAUGHT 37
15-18 AGE GROUP FINISH CLUB WEIGHT # OF FISH BIG BASS
DEREK JACOBSON 1ST BASSIN BOYS 11.32 5
TOMMY GOMEZ 2ND BASSIN BOYS 9.42 5
AARON JORGENSEN 3RD FAIRMONT JR 8.84 5 3.84
TAYLOR ZIMMERMAN 4TH GRANITE CITY JR 8.58 5
MICHELE SUMNER 5TH REDLAKE 7.82 5
HANK BROWN 6TH FAIRMONT JR 7.72 5
MATT VOGEL 7TH FAIRMONT JR 7.28 5
ALEX CLAWSON 8TH BASSIN BOYS 6.92 5
ERIC TESSMER 9TH BASSIN BOYS 6.9 5
DEREK KUNTZ 10TH BASSIN BOYS 6.82 5
DONALD BRENHOFFER 11TH GOPHER JR 6.8 5
CHRIS JUNG 12TH BASSINATORS 6.32 5
DAN SCHRUNK 13TH BASSIN BOYS 6.26 5
DAVE SATERBAK 14TH BASSIN BOYS 6.12 5
PAUL MILLER 15TH FAIRMONT JR 5.76 4
IAN RONNINGTON 16TH BASSIN BOYS 5.62 4
BEN HOLTHAUS 17TH GRANITE CITY JR 5.46 5
STEVE BASTIN 18TH GRANITE CITY JR 5.24 3
MATT JORDET 19TH GRANITE CITY JR 5.02 5
NICK TIEDEN 20TH BASSINATORS 4.9 3
CHRIS VOIGT 21ST GRANITE CITY JR 4.46 4
MATT HOERL 22ND BASSIN BOYS 4.44 4
MARCUS TAPLIN 23RD FAIRMONT JR 3.96 4
JOE PONNESSA 24TH BASSIN BOYS 3.44 3
DUSTIN BERNARD 25TH BASSINATORS 3.42 3
ANDREW JORGENSEN 26TH FAIRMONT JR 3.1 3
KYLE NYBAKKEN 27TH GRANITE CITY JR 2.92 2
RICHARD BRENNHOFER 28TH GOPHER JR 2.82 3
MATT PETROWIAK 29TH FAIRMONT JR 2.52 2
AARON GREGSRUD 30TH GRANITE CITY JR 2.4 2
JARID MURPHY 31ST BASSIN BOYS 1.92 2
JUSTIN STANLEY 32ND FAIRMONT JR 1.18 1
TOTAL WEIGHT 175.7
TOTAL FISH CAUGHT 127
TOTAL OVERALL WEIGHT 227.58
TOTALOVERALL FISH CAUGHT 164


Team Results
FINISH CLUB TEAMS WEIGHT
1st GOPHER BASSMASTERJR CLUB
Lucas Lindgren 5.04
Cody Sieben 8.30
Don Brenhoffer 6.80
Rick Brenhoffer 2.82
22.96
2nd FAIRMONT JR CLUB
Adam Jorgensen 4.02
Joey Duflo 1.02
Aaron Jorgensen 8.84
Matt Vogel 7.28
21.16
3rd Bassin Boys
Matt Cook 0.00
Austin Whitehurst 3.62
Dave Saterbak 6.12
Derek Jacobson 11.32
21.06
4th BASSINATOR'S
Ed Mihalow 0.00
Luke Gilmer 5.04
Nick Tieden 4.90
Chris Jung 6.32
16.26
5th GRANITE CITY JR CLUB
Mark Shirley 7.02
Kyle Nybakken 2.92
Ben Holthaus 5.46
15.40
6th REDLAKE BASS BUSTERS
April Kingbird 3.38
Michele Sumner 7.82
11.20