Up North Bass Circuit
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Shell Lake Champs Kody & Hunter Hermansen w/21.10 lbs. & Kody's big bass winner at 5.13 lbs.
Stacy Anderson & Gary Constant take second w/20.43 lbs.

SHELL LAKE

For the first time in 27 years the iconic team of Morey Leverty & Leo Durand were not at the circuit's opening tournament due to Morey's recent passing & Leo out because of medical issues, these hammers were a dominating team & will be greatly missed.

Despite a cloudy very windy day making the sight fishing conditions as tough as it gets. Some records still fell at Shell, the spawn was in full swing & as always the sight fishing specialist put a hurtin on the big smallies. After the last bag was weighed the very young rookie team of Hunter Hermansen & cousin Kody Hermansen came away with a very impressive win. Their bag tipped the scales at 21.10 lbs. a new record for a all smallmouth bag & 2nd all time heaviest for either species. Kody also caught the Untamed Tackle Big Bass for the Tourney a 5.13 pound bruiser of a smallie. Placing second was the new team of Gary Constant & Stacy Anderson w/20.43 lbs. Third was Gene & Larry Henck w/19.87 lbs. Taking fourth was last years AOY winners Joe Wilcox & Eric Hermansen weighing in 19.84 lbs. At fifth on their home lake was Donn Schlapper & Joel Blazer w/19.52. Back in May 22, 2021 Shell Lake held the record for the most weight (291.48 lbs.) & the largest average weight per fish weighed at 3.20 lbs. Those records were beated this past Saturday with 312.42 lbs. (& one team didn't show) for an average of 3.28 lbs. per fish. Despite one of the most impressive weigh-ins in UNBC history some feel the lake wasn't left in as good of shape as it was before the tournament due to the timing of the spawn.

Qaurterfinal match ups in the next round of the Head to Head tourney features Joe/Eric vs Gene/Larry & Gary/Stacy vs Steve/Doug & Frank/Brian vs Todd/Steve & Hunter/Kody vs Mark.


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