The U.N.B.C. kicked off the season on Shell Lake May 22nd, it was a warm breezy cloudy day not the best conditions for sight fishing. But when it was all said & done these HAMMERS put on a show at the weigh-in. It broke LCO's eleven year old record from 2010 for average size per fish by nearly a quarter pound 2.99 lbs. to 3.20 lbs. some thought that would stand forever so WOW & it smashed the heaviest weight brought to the scales for a tourney by over 48 lbs. beating the old record from Birch Island in 2017 but with one more team back then 242.79 lbs. to 291.48 lbs. These records could very well stand for a long long time. Somewhat of a differance from a year ago when Big Chetac brought a mere 61 bass to the scales. SO Shell Lake is back & in a big way.
Last year's AOY Champs Eric Hermansen & Joe Wilcox proved that was no fluke as they brought up a sack of smallies to the scales that went 19.35 lbs. anchored by Eric's big bass winner a 4.42 lb. brute to take home the first place prize. These guys won a tourney a few weeks back so they are really on a roll. Coming in second place was Todd Larson & Steve Warren with 18.75 lbs. what was really impressive was they had 4 largemouth & only 1 smallie filling out their limit in a differant way then the rest of the top teams. They were also the only team at the top that wasn't sight fighing so a great job. Third place went to sight fishing expert's Jamie Gibson & Doug Peterson who had 18.46 lbs. Locals Donn Schlapper & Joel Blazer broke Donn's new Skeeter in the right way taking fourth place w/18.33 lbs. Gene & Larry Henck won their 13th straight Head to Head match weighing in a 17.65 lb. bag of smailleis which was also good enough for 5th place.
Quarter final H2H matches at the next tourney will feature Durand/Leverty vs Team Henck, Wilcox/Hermansen vs Schlapper/Blazer, Larson/Warren vs Team Andrea & Gibson/Peterson vs Otsby/Olson.