Kuphall Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament On Mississippi River


    LA CROSSE, Wis. – Caleb Kuphall of Mukwonago, Wis., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 17 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win the Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division tournament on the Mississippi River. For his victory, Kuphall earned $4,575.
     “It was a beautiful day to be out on the river,” said Kuphall. “It was 75 degrees and sunny, not a whole lot of wind, it was great. We started in the morning launching out in Pool No. 8, and I decided that I was going to lock through to Pool No. 7. I had gotten a few days of practice coming in to this tournament, and I was catching more fish in Pool No. 8 but bigger fish in Pool No. 7. So we locked up to No. 7 near Lake Onawaska and I was able to pull a few nice fish out of there.
     “I was working the weed and grass lines with my home-made green pumpkin and chartreuse-colored 3/8-ounce jig,” Kuphall continued. “I had it trailered with a green pumpkin Zoom Chunk Jr. I had the most success just working near this one grassy point. I would fish it, then leave for 30 minutes and come back and fish it again. Around 10 a.m. we locked back to Pool No. 8 and started flipping bushes. I was using a junebug-colored Reaction Innovations Trixie Shark there, and just fishing it in a lot of slop – algae mats and lilypads. We were fishing on the south end, near Lawrence Lake and I was able to catch a few there as well. I had the most success with that home-made jig, though. I flip it a lot back home, and I’ve won a lot of money using that thing.
     “I wasn’t very confident when I was coming back to the scales,” Kuphall went on to say. “I figured I had around 16 to 16½ pounds, but I knew that last year in this event it took over 19 (pounds) to win. I figured I would get a check, but I was surprised to get the win. I got lucky and had a great co-angler draw as well, K.C. Shaible. He helped me out a lot, and definitely played a part in helping me get my victory today.”
     Rounding out the top 10 pros were:
          2nd:   Doug Stanton, Winona, Minn., five bass, 16-12, $2,288
          3rd:   Dan Mohn, Lansing, Iowa, five bass, 16-6, $1,525
          4th:    Fernando Lobato, La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 16-4, $1,068
          5th:    Dan Thill, La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 16-1, $915
          6th:    Mike Gabel, Woodridge, Ill., five bass, 15-3, $839
          7th:    Mike Van Houten, Des Moines, Iowa, five bass, 14-9, $763
          8th:    Mike Feldermann, Galena, Ill., five bass, 14-6, $648
          8th:    Bill Frisk, Holmen, Wis., five bass, 14-6, $648
          10th:  Kyle Schauf, Onalaska, Wis., five bass, 14-4, $507
          10th:  Brent Schroeder, Caledonia, Minn., five bass, 14-4, $507
     Tong Lor of La Crosse, Wis., weighed a five-bass limit totaling 13 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win $2,288 in the co-angler division.
     Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
          2nd:   Bryce Cejka, Prairie Du Chien, Wis., five bass, 13-14, $1,144
          3rd:   Brad Wessling, Milwaukee, Wis., five bass, 13-4, $762
          4th:    Ryan Neuhaus, Hartwick, Iowa, five bass, 12-13, $534
          5th:    Michael Parve, West Bend, Wis., five bass, 12-10, $458
          6th:    Kyle Rabelhofer, Silver Lake, Wis., five bass, 12-9, $419
          7th:    Andy Holst, Wauwatosa, Wis., five bass, 12-4, $362
          7th:    Charles Novotny, Mauston, Wis., five bass, 12-4, $362
          9th:    Frank Cipra, Prairie Du Chien, Wis., five bass, 12-2, $305
          10th:  Kris Brantner, Pepin, Wis., five bass, 12-0, $253
          10th:  K.C. Shaible, Machesney Park, Ill., five bass, 12-0, $253
     The next BFL Great Lakes Division tournament is scheduled for June 16 on the Wolf River Chain of Lakes in Oshkosh, Wis. After the fifth Great Lakes Division tournament is complete, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 11-13 Regional Championship on Lake Barkley in Kuttawa, Ky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

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