Maglio Wins Bass Fishing League Tournament on the Mississippi River

Maglio 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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