Audubon Recap

What an incredible time on the water for the Bandits during the 3rd and 4th events of the season. The weekend began with slightly windy conditions on North Audubon and dirtier than normal water but the fishing was phenomenal throughout the day with numerous 2-3lb smallmouth easily being caught. The team of Eric Vossler, Hunter Wood and Thomas Leintz took home the crown with 7.96 lbs including the 3.47 lb big bass focusing on the many submerged islands of the lake. 2nd place went to Marty Mantz and Brandi Mantz at 7.61 lbs and 3rd was rounded out by Nevin Tergesen, Tyler Tergesen and Denver Tergesen with 7.36 lbs. Hayden Bader brought in three fish for 6.85 lbs to not only win the Junior division but those fish would've placed him in the top 5 of the overall division as well. Great job Hayden!
Sunday was a complete opposite on Lake Audubon with hardly a ripple on the water from launch until weigh in. Numerous anglers reported record number of fish being caught and mostly from still bedding fish. The big bite was once again hard to find but Marty and Brandi Mantz figured it out the best with 10.49 lbs that also included the 3.93lb big bass of the day. Newcomers Van Bardell and Brandon Schafer had a great day with 9.72 lbs to cash a second place check and once again Eric Vossler and Hunter Wood teaming up with Adam Carow notched a top three bag with 9.64 lbs. Lastly in dominating fashion Hayden Bader took home the Junior crown with 5.11 lbs. A huge relief for his Father Jason Bader to finally beat Hayden on the year, barely squeaking by with 5.13 lbs.
Great job everyone and thank all the new anglers that joined us for a great weekend on the water.
The next event will be the club Camping Weekend on Lake Tschida on July 1st and 2nd. All information will be posted soon on this event.

North Audubon Results
1st-Eric Vossler, Hunter Wood, Thomas Leintz-7.96 lbs and big bass award-101 points
2nd-Marty and Brandi Mantz-7.61-99
3rd-Nevin, Tyler and Denver Tergesen-7.36-98
4th-Carl and Susie Hayden-7.18-97
5th-Jason Perius-6.21-96
6th-Jason Bader-5.99-95
7th-Amber Pierce, Josh Trottier, Aaron Stenvold-5.93-94
8th-Caleb Messick-2.26-93
9th-Justin Enney-0.00-50
1st-Eric Vossler
2nd-Marty Mantz
3rd-Denver/Tyler Tergesen
4th-Amber Pierce
5th-Justin Enney
Audubon Results
1st-Marty and Brandi Mantz-10.49 lbs and big bass award-101 points
2nd-Van Bardell and Brandon Schafer-9.72-99
3rd-Eric Vossler, Hunter Wood and Thomas Leintz-9.64-98
4th-Justin Enney and Thomas Leintz-8.87-97
5th-Denver and Tyler Tergesen-8.45-96
6th-Caleb Messick-8.34-95
7th-Bob and Jeanette Reinbold-8.13-94
8th-Carl and Susie Hayden-8.01-93
9th-Josh Trottier, Amber Pierce, Aaron Stenvold-7.73-92
10th-Jason Bader-5.13-91
11th-Jason Perius-1.37-90
TBF Results
1st-Mart Mantz
2nd-Eric Vossler
3rd-Justin Enney
4th-Denver/Tyler Tergesen
5th-Bob Reinbold
6th-Amber Pierce



Club Camping Weekend
Lake Tschida

July 1-2


New Johns Lake Recap

Team Marty Mantz and Matt Sullivan take New Johns!

A beautiful day on one of the most diverse fisheries in our state equaled an amazing tournament for the second stop of the the Bandits season. Reports of super tough conditions didn't stop the 11 teams today as everyone was excited for a chance at a giant bag of Largemouth or Smallmouth Bass. With very little wind and light clouds throughout the day Matt Sullivan and Marty Mantz were able to search out some beds and bring home the crown with 12.01 lbs of Smallies. 2nd place went to Amanda Bader and Tony Reinbold with 10.81 lbs of fish caught on a classic Melos Spinner and 3rd place was the trifecta of Trent Fugere, Paul Reinbold, and Adrian Estrada with 10.71 lbs anchored by Trent's Big Bass of the day at 4.38lbs. Our Junior Champion was Hayden Bader with a terrific 2.12 lb smallmouth just barely edging out Roo Estrada.

Great job to everyone on the water today and thanks for all the help from all members at launch and weigh in.

The Bandits next tournament will be June 3rd on North Audubon Arm and June 4th at Audubon launching from the Totten Trail Ramp. These will be two seperate tournaments and we hope to see as many teams as possible join us for the fun.

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New Season, New Faces

Colton Blomberg and Colton Self with their winning fish at the season opener at Nelson Lake

The Badlands Bass Bandits began their 2017 tournament season with a bang. With the crowd favorite Nelson Lake starting the year off and reports of big fish being caught all winter the anticipation was high for some great fishing. Despite the power plant shutting down their big unit a few days earlier and dropping water temperatures it did not disappoint. An early morning fog delay changed the typical boat launch to a shotgun start and all 22 teams blasted off with a 5mph speed limit until 8am.

Fishing was very consistent for most teams throughout the day but for the team of Colton Blomberg and Colton Self a great stretch of rocky bank and a black and blue jig yielded three great Largemouth Bass totaling 15.29 lbs, a new club record for the lake, with a 5.88lb big bass winning kicker fish. 2nd place team of Eric Vossler and Hunter Wood broke in his new Skeeter Boat in the right direction with 12.79lbs of Nelson Lake Largemouth and the trifecta of Bob and Jeanette Reinbold teaming up with Thomas Leintz rounded out the top three with 10.65lbs. It was a great day on the water and an incredible performance by the top teams. Thanks everyone and see you May 20th at New Johns.

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