Maglio Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on the Mississippi RiverMaglio Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on the Mississippi River T.J. Maglio won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division tournament on the Mississippi River
LA CROSSE, Wis. (Sept. 10, 2018) – Local boater T.J. Maglio of La Crosse, Wisconsin, won the Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division tournament on the Mississippi River Sunday with a two-day cumulative catch of 10 bass weighing 31 pounds, 3 ounces. For his win, Maglio earned $6,295.
“I’ve been looking forward to this Super Tournament all year. This tournament is one of my favorites because it’s in the fall and provides a bigger payout,” said Maglio, who earned his first win in FLW competition. “The river rose about a foot from takeoff on Saturday to weigh-in on Sunday – it definitely made it tougher.”
Maglio stated that the water he was fishing in Pool No. 8 managed to stay clear during the two days of competition. He said he caught all of his fish on moving baits – ChatterBaits, Rat-L-Traps and swimjigs, all in white or shad colors.
“In my rotation I would hit spots two or three times a day with different bait presentations,” said Maglio. “I caught fish from three different areas – grass, current seams and rocks. The largest shad were in the areas I was fishing and that is what the bass were feeding on.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st: T.J. Maglio, La Crosse, Wis., 10 bass, 31-3, $6,295
2nd: Cade Laufenberg, Goodview, Minn., 10 bass, 30-6, $3,348
3rd: Curtis Samo, Rochelle, Ill., 10 bass, 29-5, $2,096
4th: Mike Brueggen, La Crosse, Wis., 10 bass, 29-4, $1,469
5th: Jeff Ritter, Prairie du Chien, Wis., 10 bass, 28-1, $1,359
6th: Tom Monsoor, La Crosse, Wis., 10 bass, 28-0, $1,154
7th: Devin Teigen, Eau Claire, Wis., 10 bass, 27-7, $1,049
8th: Mark Myers, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 10 bass, 27-4, $944
9th: Kyle Von Ruden, Stoddard, Wis., 10 bass, 26-14, $839
10th: John Engler, Vinton, Iowa, 10 bass, 26-10, $734
Kevin Johnson of Sparta, Wisconsin, caught a bass weighing 4 pounds, 13 ounces – the heaviest of the event in the Boater Division. The catch earned him the Boater Big Bass award of $877. Tom Rothering of Cochrane, Wisconsin, caught a two-day total of nine bass weighing 24 pounds, 4 ounces, to win the Co-angler Division and $3,148.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st: Tom Rothering, Cochrane, Wis., nine bass, 24-4, $3,148
2nd: Nathan Huss, Elkhart Lake, Wis., eight bass, 22-14, $1,574
3rd: Pelli Lee, La Crosse, Wis., nine bass, 21-8, $1,050
4th: Jason Swanson, Waterloo, Iowa, 10 bass, 20-8, $934
5th: Josh Mohn, Lansing, Iowa, nine bass, 20-5, $630
6th: Matt Knox, Metamora, Ill., eight bass, 19-15, $577
7th: Alan Bernicky, Joliet, Ill., seven bass, 18-1, $575
8th: Rick Ragner, La Crosse, Wis., six bass, 17-1, $472
9th: Arden Damberg, Wheatland, Iowa, seven bass, 15-15, $420
10th: Kristian Dus, Chicago, Ill., seven bass, 15-11, $367
Andrew Hegerty of Colgate, Wisconsin, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 4 pounds, 4 ounces – and earned the Co-angler Big Bass award of $439.
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