2018 Spring Meeting Recap

President-Paul Reinbold
Vice President-Colton Blomberg
Secretary-Trent Fugere
Treasurer-Jeff Wetzel
Tournament Directors-Trent Fugure and Tyler Tergesen

Rule Changes

1. All lakes will be off limits from the Sunday sunset before the scheduled tournament until sunrise the Friday of tournament week. 
2. Mandatory Safety Rules-Killswitch checks will be done before each launch. If Killswitch is not operational you will be refunded your entry and not be allowed to participate in the tournament. All state laws and regulations regarding safety equipment must be followed. Anyone found not in compliance will be disqualified from tournament with possible suspension from Bandits Club activities. Tournament Directors will have sole discretion for cancelling or shortening a tournament due to weather issues. 
3. TBF qualifying will remain the same with qualifiers named before August 1st.


March 24-Ice Bowl- Nelson Lake
April 21st-Lake Nelson West Ramp
May 5-6-Lake Ashtabula (crossing ramp)/Spiritwood Lake 2 Day combined tournament 
June 9th-Lake Darling
July14-15-Sheeps Creek Big Bass Bonanza/Lake Tschida Points Tournament and Club Camping Weekend
July 28-New Johns Lake
August 18-Lake Isabel, SD
September 1-Lake Sakakawea (Beulah Bay)
September 29-30-Lake Audubon/North Audubon-2 day event

Thank you everyone that was able to attend the meeting due to weather. It looks like a great season with some new locations and events. Memberships will be due before the first event of the season. Have a great day everyone and see you at the Ice Bowl.




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Ice Bowl
March 24
Nelson Lake



2018 Schedule

April 21st
Nelson Lake
West Ramp

May 5-6th
Lake Ashtabula
(crossing ramp)
Spiritwood Lake
2 Day combined tournament 
June 9th

Lake Darling

July 14-15th

Club Camping Weekend

Sheeps Creek Big Bass Bonanza
Lake Tschida Points Tournament

July 28th

New Johns Lake

August 18th
Lake Isabel, SD
September 1st
Lake Sakakawea
Beulah Bay
September 29-30

Classic Championship

Lake Audubon/North Audubon
2 day event





Spiritwood Lake, Sakakawea and Lake Oahe Recaps

The Bandits have had an incredible season and are so grateful to not only be able to fish some of the best waters in our state but also some of the best in the country. Whether it is the smaller Spiritwood Lake that can produce a 6lb fish at anytime to the giant shorelines of Lake Sakakawea and Lake Oahe, there are always plenty of opportunities for a competitive tournament and a great time on the water among friends and family.

Our 6th stop of the year was Spiritwood Lake, a club favorite, and with not only Bandits but also a few teams from the EDAK club competing everyone was anxious to bring in a big bag of smallies. Marty and Brandi Mantz did not disappoint when they brought in a 3 fish limit for 11lbs even to take top spot followed by EDAK members Chris Shields and David Geske with 10.53lbs, rounding out the top 3 was Paul Reinbold and Amber Pierce weighing in 9.47 lbs after they had to throw a 5lb plus pig back late in the day since they already had a limit of fish and are unable to cull under ND laws. Great job everyone.

Event 7 was the giant Lake Sakakawea. Unnatural calm winds and amazing weather turned the day into a terrific time as Shawn Keena fishing with Brandon took home the victory at 8.09lbs. 2nd place was Matt Sullivan and Marty Mantz with 7.75lbs and a great top 3 for Colton Blomberg and Jamie Shanks with 7.35lbs. We all still are looking for those elusive 3lb Sakakawea smallmouth but someday someone will find a school of them. Hopefully.

The last regular season event took the Club to South Dakota and Lake Oahe. The recent announcement of the Bassmaster Elite series scheduling Oahe for next year brought the level of excitement to an all time high. Bob Reinbold teamed up with Cody Arth to bring in 11.63 lbs and 1st place just edging out Marty Mantz and Matt Sullivan who had 11.38lbs. Shawn Keena and Trent Fugere were able to weigh 8.72lbs to round out 3rd.

Great job everyone and also a huge congratulations to Marty Mantz for being the Angler of the Year on the Bandits TBF Club. Marty had 3 wins to be perfect on the season and take home the crown. Our final tournament is the two day Classic to be held on Lake Audubon September 23-24th launching at 6:30 from Totten Trail Ramp. Good luck to everyone and enjoy your time spent on the water doing what we all love so much.


Club Camping Weekend Recap

Amazing weather and fun times for everyone was the storyline for the Bandits as we all enjoyed the weekend at Lake Tschida for Club Camping.
Having to deal with a huge amount of recreational traffic the weights were down a bit compared to the past events but Bob and Jeanette Reinbold were able to bring in 6 smallmouth bass for a total of 14.91lbs to take home the win. 2nd place went to Denver and Tyler Tergesen with 14.41lbs, including Big Bass Award for 3.42lbs, and Matt Sullivan partnered up with Amber Pierce for 3rd place with 14.38lbs. Most anglers were fishing the bank just to stay away from the large amount of recreational boats on the water and caught fish on everything from swimbaits to senkos and even a few jerkbait fish.

The real competition was on Saturday night as the annual ladderball tournament brought out the best in everyone. With 8 teams competing for year long bragging rights in the double elimination tournament it was Trent Fugere and Paul Reinbold battling back to face Prairie and Amber. After a substitution for both teams Eric and Amber faced off against newcomer Ryan and Trent in an epic down to the wire match that ended after Eric hit a 2 pointer to break the 19-19 tie. Then to cap off the night Eric beat Thomas Leintz in the flipping competition, in the dark with the aid of headlights from Thomas truck, to give him his first flipping victory and Thomas with back to back runner-up finishes.
Thank you everyone for a great weekend and also a thanks to Shawn Keena and Cody Arth for donating mystery tackle packages for all the anglers to enjoy at the Ladderball Tournament.

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.

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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