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Classic Bass Champions Tour Set to Visit Gull Lake

The Classic Bass Champions Tour brought to you by Skeeter Boats and Yamaha Outboards is gearing up for its 3rd and final regular season tournament on Saturday August 5th on Gull Lake in Brainerd, MN.

The event is blasting off and being hosted by Quarterdeck Resort which is located on the west side of the lake. Once again, 24 anglers will compete for the coveted top six spots and a chance to fish in the Classic Bass Champions Tour Championship in September where the winner will pull home a brand-new Skeeter Boat, trailer and Yamaha Outboard.

Like all Champions Tour events, having the right strategy will make or break an angler’s success. Dialing in the right balance for high numbers of decent fish is the key. On Gull, anglers will have several approaches to consider.

Similar to the last event on Lake Minnewaska, the lake is chalked full of 1.5 to 2.5 pound largemouth, but just in the past two to three  years, more and more high end three to five pound fish are being caught as well.

The structure on Gull Lake is very complex with vast weedlines, weed beds, points, turns, humps, bars and lots of docks. We expect to see the bigger fish come from main lake, offshore structure while using a variety of typical mid-summer, deep water techniques. Docks will likely play a big part as well. High numbers of fish can be stacked up in a hurry off Gull Lake docks.

“After having participated in the Minnewaska event, it is evident that an angler needs to stay mobile and have an open mind, as the lakes will be divided up in some manner.” stated Champions Tour Angler and tournament veteran, Brad Leifermann. “Gull Lake is known as a world class walleye fishery, but the last few years it has come around as a bass fishery as well.  I think that we’ll be treated to some great fishing and the people will see just how good a bass fishery Gull Lake has to offer.”

Leifermann continued by saying, “If docks come into play, then that could be a game changer as Gull has a lot of them and if you can catch two to three fish off a single dock, then running docks will be key. It could also set up like Minnewaska where a guy can find a pod of fish set up on a weed clump like Feider did.”

Brad finished by saying, “Normally this time of year, I’d be fishing a jig for big bites, but with the Champions Tour style event, catching numbers of fish on a jig worm will be a more likely presentation.  But if the wind blows, it is hard to fish a small jig head in the wind and waves, so the conditions may dictate an angler’s presentation.”

Here’s the schedule of events for Saturday on Gull Lake…

  • Boat Check: 5:45 a.m. – Quarterdeck Resort
  • Mandatory Rules Meeting: 6:00 a.m. – Quarterdeck Resort
  • Round One: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Lunch break: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Quarterdeck Resort
  • Round Two: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Anglers Return: 4:15 p.m. – Quarterdeck Resort
  • Awards Ceremony: 4:45 p.m. – Quarterdeck Resort

Champions Tour Anglers that will be participating are as follows:

  • Andy Walls
  • Brad Leifermann
  • Bob Perkins
  • Brian Bengtson
  • Brian Blaeser
  • Brian Wood
  • Connor Summers
  • Dan Larson
  • David Hartig
  • David Skallet
  • James Lindner
  • Lanny Isensee
  • Mark Courts
  • Mark Fisher
  • Michaela Anderson
  • Michael Walters
  • Pat Martin
  • Rick Pelletier
  • Shane Raveling
  • Steve Quinn
  • Tadd Johnson
  • Tom Whitehead
  • Tony Ward
  • Will Pappa


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