Rain, wind, more rain, more wind, and more rain. That was the weather trend fora couple of weeks leading up to the KBL Green Club Tournament at Lake Vermilion. Prior to that, reports of 4 and 5 pound fish being caught and an active pre-spawn pattern are all setting this tournament up to be a great event.
Fast forward to May 7th. The sun was shining, the sky’s blue, the morning air was chilly, and 26 (out of the 28 registered) anglers gathered at the launch ramp for a great day of fishing. Then we saw the water and we all knew it was not going to be easy. Lake Vermilion has turned in to a 1000-acre bowl of chocolate milk.
Undeterred by the conditions, our brave and determined anglers launched and race to their spots of choice. They tried everything from a chartreuse crank bait, black jigs, Whopper Plopper, flutter spoon, drifting a drop-shot worm, and everything in between. Things were not looking good.
But, the anglers pushed and grind on. Finally, they returned with monumental results.
Coming in 2nd place with a total of 12″ is Ricky Compton. His 12″ bass was big enough to bring him the $182.25 cash prize.
Our tournament winner as well as the big bass pot winner with one 14.25″ bass was Andy Hopp! Andy takes home the Golden Bass Trophy, total cash prize of $438.75, as well as gift certificates from Rocktown Adventures and Tackle Trap.
The 3rd place prize will be determined by the results of our next tournament at Spring Lake South.
Despite the tough conditions, The Green Club anglers kept their spirits high and grind out a hard day of fishing, Hats off to everyone, and hopefully the next event yields better results.
Official results are below.
We also raffled off some great prizes (listed below) to the participating anglers.
YakAttack products, KaRu Lures Spinnerbait and Jig, JB’s Fish Sauce $10 Gift Certificate, Bizz Baits Plastics, StankX $10 Gift Certificate, TRC Rod Covers, YakAddicts $20 Gift Certificate, SuperNova Fishing Lights $25 Gift Certificate, RAM Mounts $50 Gift Certificate.
Thank you to all of the sponsors who donated these prizes!