Fritsch Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on the Mississippi RiverFritsch Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on the Mississippi River Chris Fritsch of Rochester, Minn., won the Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division bass fishing tournament on the Mississippi River
WABASHA, Minn. (July 21, 2008) - Boater Chris Fritsch of Rochester, Minn., won the Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division bass fishing tournament on the Mississippi River Saturday with a five-bass catch weighing 17 pounds, 4 ounces. The victory earned Fritsch $3,329 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Kentucky and Barkley Lakes Regional Championship in Gilbertsville, Ky., Oct. 2-4, where he could ultimately win a new 198VX Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Jeff Benson of Holmen, Wis. (five bass, 16-00, $1,958); Bill Gretten of Blue Grass, Iowa (five bass, 15-11, $1,307); Bill Frisk of Holmen, Wis. (five bass, 15-06, $914) and Mike Van Houten of Ankeny, Iowa (five bass, 15-04, $783).
Terry Banitt of Altura, Minn., took home the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award, earning $520 for a 5-pound, 1-ounce bass.
Jereimiah Hatfield of Cashton, Wis., earned $1,958 as the co-angler winner Saturday thanks to five bass weighing 15 pounds that he caught on a frog in shallow water.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Patrick McPhetridge of Waterford, Wis. (five bass, 13-03, $816); Brent Serum of Durand, Wis. (five bass, 13-03, $816); Neil LeMaster of Ft. Madison, Iowa (five bass, 13-00, $424) and James Medved of Milwaukee, Wis. (five bass, 13-00, $424).
Brent Serum and James Stanton of Mindoro, Wis., each earned $130 as the co-angler Big Bass winners after catching 4-pound, 6-ounce bass.
Great Lakes Division anglers will visit the Mississippi River in Prairie Du Chien, Wis., Aug. 9 for their fourth regular-season event. A two-day Super Tournament, the division's fifth and final event, will be held on the Mississippi River in LaCrosse, Wis., Sept. 13-14