Little behind on my blog after the whirl wind that was last week. While I was at the TBF Northern Divisional, the MNBFN Tournament of Champions (TOC) was taking place on Island Lake Reservoir just north of Duluth, MN. Sadly this was the first time I have missed the TOC since 1997.
On a positive note, my father, Wayne Lindgren brought home the title on a rather stingy fishery. We both have qualified for divisionals in the past and come close to a state title, but he got it first. He weighed 9 smallmouth over the two day event for 25.21lbs, nearly a 2lb margin of victory. The bite was so tough that out of 130 plus anglers, only two anglers managed a 5 fish limit each day of the event. You can find the final results here.
3 of his 4 Nice Smallmouth Bass from Day 2
Wayne fished a handful of spots, mainly he finessed soft plastics such as LFT Fork Craws & Craw Tubes in 3-5ft of water. Deadsticking was definitely part of the tactic to tempt the pressured smallmouth. He also reports losing a 4lb plus smallmouth on day 2 that would have really opened up his lead.
You can read a nice write up from Sam Cook and also check out some video coverage from local FOX21 of Duluth. Also a short blurb from Duluth Tribune.
Congrats again Dad!
Also, I got some fishing stuff on ebay right now, check it out. Lucky Craft, Okuma Reel, Fishing Line, Soft Plastics, etc….