It’s the 2nd Half Stretch!
It’s hard to believe that we are officially in the 2nd half stretch of this season! In looking at the team of the year points, there is an incredibly close race making for a lot of fun to see if the top teams maintain their stride or if others will capture lightning in the bottle to run the table!
the Zoo Minnetonka – the Most Visited Lake on the Tour
This weekend’s tourney will be the 7th time that the Minnesota Bass Tour has been on Lake Minnetonka.
As indicated in the pre-tournament post, our first-ever visit to Forest Lake was anticipated to be a “grind.” Angler expectations were that 12 pounds for 5 bass will be the norm and sorting through 1-2 pounders to fill limits.
After all, perusing other circuits’ historical results on Forest seemed to conclude that having a 15 pound bag-o-bass “should” clinch a win. More so than perhaps than other lakes, anglers capable of finding that kicker on Forest Lake “should” find themselves in the winners’ circle as well.
Diverse lakes make MN Bass Tour Members Better Anglers!
Since we started in 2011, the MN Bass Tour has taken pride in fishing diverse lakes across the greater Twin Cities metro area. Members agree that competing on different lakes from one year to the next creates unique educational opportunities as we strive to become better fishermen. A tactic learned on one lake could very well be applied to another that we have as our “go-to” lake.
Additionally, anglers get to discover a new lake they may not have ever thought of fishing and our end of day round-robin discussion on what worked helps us to rethink how we can approach new bodies of water too.
As Directors, we feel diverse lake selection helps minimize our impact on a fishery and public perception of tournaments on lakes that are regular hot beds for screaming bass boats. You can view our diverse tournament lakes by Clicking Here.
It’s the “Grind” Tournament of the Season!
The second event of 2017 is in the books and as highlighted in previous recaps, Lake Waconia hasn’t been kind weather-wise to the MN Bass Tour. Of the 3 previous events, all were delayed due to severe weather. On the flip-side, tourney results didn’t seem to be hampered by how those days started.
So while the weather wasn’t severe, it still presented it’s own challenges. Temps at blast-off were low 50’s never getting higher than 65, overcast clouds until 11:00 and anglers managing a 10-15 mph northwest wind all day long. Tour members couldn’t help but wonder if we skipped over summer and went straight into Fall!
But it was Team Flippin’ & Lippin’ of Mike Doughty and Tim “Krebby” Krebs who healed their wounds from their lackluster finish in August 2015. That day, they were only able to muster up 11.75 lbs.
Lake Waconia or Bust!
This weekend marks the fourth time that the Minnesota Bass Tour has fished this wonderful fishery in the southwest metro. Curiously, Waconia has historically greeted us in the morning with lightning, hail and a resulting delay, but then by weigh-in the lake’s bounty weighed down the scales for the teams!