A brutally hot day with no wind treated the anglers at the second leg of the season on The Minong Flowage. After a lot of complaining about the pre-fishing & what is a very tough bass fishery the Flowage showed out a little better than what most thought it would. One of the winningest teams in UNBC history who hadn't won since August of 2017 got their mojo back, former FLW pro Rob Newhouse along with his bass catching machine partner Mike Anselmo won the tournament with a catch of 13.53 lbs. anchored by Rob's big bass winner at 3.28 lbs. To cap off the weekend they took second place Sunday at The Hayward Bass Club's open tournament on Round Lake, so a very successful & profitable two days (great job boys). Second place went to the river rat himself Eric Hermansen along with partner Joe Wilcox brought a mixed bag of largies & smallies to the scale which weighed 13.18 lbs. There was a tie for third place between Leo Durand/Morey Leverty & Jamie Gibson who brought in ringer Adam Andersen their bags both tipped the scale at 12.33 lbs. It's a proven fact that over the years when Leo complains & whine's about the circuit's upcoming fishery he allways makes the money this time was no exception he cried so much it's amazing the dam held up & yet again he was seen at the Longbranch laughing all the way to the bank. Fifth place went to Jeff Fox & Stacy Andersen who had 11.03 lbs. The tournament's Head to Head winner's & semi final matchups are Wilcox/Hermansen vs Simonson/Brantner & Andrea/Andrea vs Henck/Henck. The biggest winner in the point standing was Newhouse/Anselmo who jumped 11 spots from 15th place to 4th & on the opposite end was Wiess/Strohman who dropped 10 spots to 14th place. As far as the AOY race goes at the half way point Wilcox/Hermansen hold a 2 point lead over Constantineau/Constantineau with Otsby/Olson 7 points back & Gibson/Peterson 7 1/2 out.
The day at Birchwood's Birch & Big Chetac lakes saw mild temps & light East winds making it feel pretty comfortable compared to the brutal pre-fishing weather the anglers battled the prior weekend. The weather might have been okay but the fishing sure wasn't the 61 bass caught weighed a total of 119.24 lbs. for an average of 1.954 lbs. per fish, all very low totals but not record breaking for the circuit. However there was one record broke & that was 12 year old Cruz Constantineau became the youngest angler to win a UNBC tournament, he & his dad Chad brought 10.99 lbs. to the scale for the win a low winning weight BUT a WIN never the less.Chad has won 3 of the last 7 UNBC tournaments(pretty good streak going). Second place went to Chad's brother Star Prairie Gary along with partner Brad Merkt they weighed in 10.93 lbs. with only four fish. Troy Otsby & his new partner Matt Olson took third place with 10.81 lbs. thanks to Troy's winning big bass at 3.52 lbs. Fourth place went to a couple of way overdue anglers Tom Wiess & Derek Strohman who weighed 9.73 lbs. Fifth place was Todd Larson & Steve Warren who caught 9.64 lbs. of bass. Would like to thank Dan Greife the Doolittle Park manager & the village of Birchwood for letting us hold our weigh-in at the park, with certain restrictions due to Covid 19 we were able to pull it off.
Quarter Final head to head matches at the next tournament will feature Wilcox/Hermansen against Otsby/Olson, Constantineau/Constantineau against Simonson/Brantner, Constant/Merkt against Andrea/Andrea & Henck/Henck against Hirsch/Lukasik.