Classic Bass Champions Tour Championship Anglers Announced

Twenty Four Elite Anglers Competing for a Skeeter Boat, Trailer and Yamaha Outboard

Zimmerman, MN – Classic Bass (, a leader in providing bass tournament angler’s informative, current information, and presenter of the Champions Tour has released the list of its inaugural Champions Tour Championship, which will be held on September 1st on Lake Pokegama in Grand Rapids, MN.

At each of the four stops on the 2017 Classic Bass Champions Tour Championship brought to you by Skeeter Boats and Yamaha Outboards, the top six finishers qualified for the Championship, with any double qualifiers being filled with anglers based on their standings in the year end points tally.

The following twenty four anglers will go head-to-head fishing for a brand new Skeeter TZX190 boat, trailer and Yamaha Outboard package.

  • Name: Jeff Bosshardt
  • Hometown: Eagan, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing: 20

  • Name: Corey Brant
  • Hometown: Chaska, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing: 5

  • Name: Dustin Byfuglien
  • Hometown: Long Lake, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing: 4

  • Name: Dean Capra
  • Hometown: Andover, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing: 40

  • Name: Jay Carlson
  • Hometown: Prior Lake, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing: 27

  • Name: Mark Courts
  • Hometown: Harris, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing:

  • Name: Austin Felix
  • Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing: 15

  • Name: Mark Fisher
  • Hometown: Nowthen, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing: 30

  • Name: Tony “Tony G” Groskreutz
  • Hometown:  Minnetrista, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing:  19

  • Name: Arnold Helgerson
  • Hometown:  Blaine, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing:  17

  • Name: Tadd Johnson
  • Hometown: Lakeville, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing: 16

  • Name: Brad Leifermann
  • Hometown: Andover, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing: 26

  • Name: Brad Leuthner
  • Hometown:  Mound, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing:  20

  • Name: James Lindner
  • Hometown: Brainerd, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing: 40

  • Name: Rich Lindgren
  • Hometown: Lakeville, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing: 10

  • Name: Nate Nipper
  • Hometown:  Albertville, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing:  12

  • Name:  Andy Nitchals
  • Hometown:  Willmar, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing:  25

  • Name: Will Pappa
  • Hometown: Lonsdale, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing: 15

  • Name: Matt Peters
  • Hometown: Waconia, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing: 17

  • Name: Shane Raveling
  • Hometown: Prior Lake, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing: 30

  • Name: Dave Skallet
  • Hometown: Andover, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing: 25

  • Name: Andy Walls
  • Hometown: Brainerd, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing: 7

  • Name: Nathan Whiting
  • Hometown: Forest Lake, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing: 13

  • Name: Brian Wood
  • Hometown: Wahkon, MN
  • Years Tournament Fishing: 14

Champions Tour anglers, Shane Raveling and Brad Leifermann finished in the top six at both the Lake Minnewaska and Gull Lake events, so two open spots needed to be filled for the Championship.  The highest finishing angler in the point standings was James Lindner, followed by a tie between Mark Fisher and Dustin Byfuglien, so all three anglers will get the opportunity to fish Lake Pokegama.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have the field of anglers competing on Lake Pokegama for our Champions Tour Championship,” said Scott Bonnema, Owner of Classic Bass.  “Each one of these anglers battled through some of the Midwest’s most elite anglers over the course of this season.  Any one of these twenty four anglers could easily walk away with that Skeeter Boat!”

The Classic Bass Champions Tour provides live results and techniques to Classic Bass users.  Each angler is paired with a boat official who tracks and records every legal fish, along with enforcing the Champions Tour regulations. Each smallmouth or largemouth bass that is caught, which meets the 12-inch minimum length requirement counts towards the anglers overall weight/score. Upon measuring, weighing, and recording, the fish is immediately returned to the water.  At no time is any fish placed in the boat’s livewell or brought to a weigh-in.

Further event details and angler profiles will be available shortly, please stay tuned to .

Classic Bass aims at providing bass fisherman with beneficial and current bass fishing information, which now will be boosted by the Champions Tour, as results can be followed real time via and on social media.  Competing anglers will also be providing Classic Bass with helpful fishing information on the lake they are fishing, along with the techniques and lures they are using.

For details on the 2017 Classic Bass Champions Tour presented by Skeeter Boats and Yamaha Outboards, visit

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About Classic Bass:
Since 1994, Classic Bass’s mission is to support bass tournament anglers of all skill levels with access to comprehensive information on tournaments, techniques, results and products.  In addition, Classic Bass provides person-to-person boat sales and industry leading news.


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