Doug & Jamie's winning limit 17.56 pounds along with Jamie's 4.87 pound big bass winner
Troy & Chuck second place bag 16.61 lbs.
Well the long wait for the 2019 season was finally over for the UNBC anglers when they arrived at Barron County's Red Cedar Lake but the weather seemed more like March than May, after a pretty nice week of weather prior to the tournament which probably got the bass moving up & getting ready to do their thing the fish & fisherman got hit with a blast of cold temps, steady rain & a brisk NE wind. The high temp for the day was 46 which was at 4:00 a.m. which makes this tourney day the coldest on UNBC record, there was a lot of talk about comparing this day to Bone Lake 2013 which was also a very brutal day but the big differance was that day there were only 28 bass brought to the scales & Red Cedar produced 94 fish which weighed 241.43 pounds & was the second heaviest weight of all time a mere 1.36 pounds behind Birch Island's high from two years ago(those record's have benefited from the 20 team expansion the last three years). There were 48 smallmouth & 46 largemouth weighed in but make no mistake this day was all about the very heavy pre-spawn smallies, the top six teams all had very impressive five smallmouth bass limits. When it was all said & done last year's AOY champs Jamie Gibson & Doug Peterson stayed hot & came away with the win weighing in 17.56 lbs. anchored by Jamie's 4.87 lb. big bass winner. Second place went to Troy Otsby & Chuck Postle who had 16.61 lbs. Third was & back in a big way from a down year Rob Newhouse & Mike Anselmo with 16.19 lbs. Fourth place was (allways in the money) Gene & Larry Henck 15.95 lbs. & rounding out the money winners were Troy Olson & Eli Hinze with 15.09 lbs. Winners in the Head to Head battle & moving on will be Constant/Merkt vs Newhouse/Anselmo, Otsby/Postle vs Hirsch/Lukisak, Olson/Hinze vs Schlapper/Blazer & Henck/Henck vs Gibson/Peterson.
Next Up LCO/Grindstone
The UNBC has a ton of history on these two lakes BUT never have they been on the same tournament venue before & never were the anglers forced to bring in at least three largemouth & a maximum of two smallies that must measure 18 inches. This bag limit combination is going to really test the anglers skills & strategies a wrong decision could very easily cost someone a AOY title or a TOC qualification. Last time out on LCO was back in 2015 when Larson/Warren won with 17.13 lbs. of smallies, the Constant brothers were second, Newhouse/Anselmo third & the Henck boys fourth. Grindstone's latest results was in 2017 when Newhouse/Anselmo won Foxy & Stacy were second Olson/Strulzik third & Larson/Warren came in fourth. Back in 2012 team Zimmer/Urban won on LCO & Hencks were third with all largemouth & the last time on Grindstone there were13 largemouth weighed Olson/Struzik took second with all largemouth in their bag & back in 2009 George Frendt fished alone taking third place with a 15+ lb. bag of largies so yes there is green fish in these two powerhouse smallie lakes.