Laufenberg Wins Bass Fishing League (BFL) Tournament on the Mississippi at La CrosseLaufenberg Wins Bass Fishing League (BFL) Tournament on the Mississippi at La Crosse Cade Laufenberg won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division tournament on the Mississippi River at La Crosse
LA CROSSE, Wis. (May 20, 2019) – Boater Cade Laufenberg of Goodview, Minnesota, won Saturday’s Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division tournament on the Mississippi River at La Crosse with five bass weighing 16 pounds, 7 ounces. For his day on the water, Laufenberg pocketed $4,355.
“I started by running down and fishing the north end of Pool No. 9, and ended up catching a 15½-pound limit,” said Laufenberg, who earned his fourth career win as a boater in FLW competition – second on the Mississippi River. “I had a little point with some current on it where largemouth were staging and getting ready to spawn. I caught a couple of good ones on a 1/8-ounce weedless Ned rig, and another two, including my heaviest of the day, on a jig.”
Laufenberg said he used a green-pumpkin and purple-colored Z-Man Big TRD on his Ned rig, and a 3/8-ounce, Alabama Craw-colored Matt Herren Dirty Jigs flipping jig with a green-pumpkin Big Bite Baits College Craw trailer. Laufenberg then said he then ran up to Pool No. 8 to catch some spawning fish, but couldn’t get anything going. Still looking to upgrade, he said he went with a backup plan.
“I worked on the south end of Pool No. 8 and caught a 3½-pound spawning smallmouth on a regular 1/16-ounce Ned rig (green-pumpkin) Finesse TRD,” said Laufenberg. “With 15 minutes to go, I caught another in a spawning bay near takeoff on the north end using the Ned rig, and that was my winning fish.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: Cade Laufenberg, Goodview, Minn., five bass, 16-7, $4,355
2nd: Mike Gabel, Saint Charles, Ill., five bass, 16-6, $2,178
3rd: Brad Wessling, Elkhorn, Wis., five bass, 15-13, $1,383
4th: Jared Mataczynski, Wausau, Wis., five bass, 15-12, $970
5th: Kevin Ruh, Onalaska, Wis., five bass, 15-5, $831
6th: Tim Brogan, Arpin, Wis., five bass, 15-4, $762
7th: Brian Fitzpatrick, La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 15-2, $693
8th: A.J. Menssen, Bloomington, Ill., five bass, 15-1, $623
9th: Steven Johnson, Lake Villa, Ill., five bass, 14-12, $554
10th: Clayton Reitz, Morton, Ill., five bass, 14-8, $460
10th: Nick Trim, Galesville, Wis., five bass, 14-8, $710
Mark Balbinot of Canton, Illinois, caught a 4-pound, 14-ounce bass – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division – and earned the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $570. Josh Mohn of Lansing, Iowa, won the Co-angler Division and $2,078 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 15 pounds, 12 ounces.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Josh Mohn, Lansing, Iowa, five bass, 15-12, $2,078
2nd: Mike Cottrell, Hartland, Wis., five bass, 14-3, $1,039
3rd: Colby Wolff, Shawano, Wis., five bass, 13-8, $691
4th: Robert Shufelt, Clintonville, Wis., five bass, 13-6, $427
4th: Mark Persson, Otsego, Minn., five bass, 13-6, $527
4th: Mongshoua Xiong, La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 13-6, $427
7th: Alan Bernicky, Joliet, Ill., five bass, 13-5, $396
8th: Brad Ballard, Winona, Minn., five bass, 13-3, $312
9th: Nicholas Oates, Union, Ill., five bass, 12-15, $259
9th: Rene Luis, Chicago, Ill., five bass, 12-15, $259
Zuteus Sevenants of Holmen, Wisconsin, caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 1 ounce. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $142.
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