Thill Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on the Mississippi RiverThill Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on the Mississippi River Dan Thill of La Crosse, Wis., won the Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division Super Bass Fishing Tournament on the Mississippi River
LA CROSSE, Wis. (Sept. 10, 2007) - Boater Dan Thill of La Crosse, Wis., won the Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division Super Bass Fishing Tournament on the Mississippi River with a two-day catch of 10 bass weighing 35 pounds, 13 ounces. The victory earned Thill $4,944 and placed him one step closer to qualifying for the Mississippi River Regional Championship in Fort Madison, Iowa, Oct. 4-6, where he could ultimately win a new 519VX Ranger boat and a Chevy truck.
Thill caught his bass throwing a Zara Spook near sandy and rocky banks to catch his limit.
Rounding out the top five boaters are Jim Johnson of La Crosse, Wis. (10 bass, 32-08, $2,909); Kyle Von Ruden of La Crosse, Wis. (10 bass, 31-14, $1,939); Craig Jahnke of Appleton, Wis. (10 bass, 31-11, $1,357) and Dan Harbaugh of La Crescent, Minn. (10 bass, 31-04, $1,163).
Jahnke also took home the Boater Division Snickers Big Bass award, earning $772 for a 5-pound bass that he caught flipping a tube.
Michael Syjud of Shorewood, Ill., earned $2,909 as the co-angler winner thanks to 10 bass weighing 31 pounds, 1 ounce that he caught while fishing an array of topwater baits.
Rounding out the top five co-anglers are AL Kjos of La Crosse, Wis. (10 bass, 25-06, $1,454); Edward Kamrowski Sr. of La Crosse, Wis. (10 bass, 24-08, $970); James Klemp of Guttenberg, Iowa (nine bass, 22-12, $679) and Michael Parve of West Bend, Wis. (10 bass, 22-11, $582).
Rex Mctier of Endeaver, Wis., earned $386 as the co-angler Big Bass winner after catching a 3-pound, 15-ounce bass that he caught while fishing a Southern Lure Co. Scum Frog near lily pads.