Two Anglers Qualify for Champions Tour Open
Steve Soukup is no stranger to the Minnesota bass tournament scene, so it was no surprise when Steve, partnered with Lee Erickson and Bob Spreigl to create the NorthStar Tournament Trail. “We take pride in making our events be fun, inexpensive and flexible around angler’s schedules,” stated Steve.
2017 marked the third season for the NorthStar Tournament Trail and continually their event schedule is filled with popular Minnesota tournament venues that regularly put out impressive tournament limits. When examining their schedule, one will notice that lakes that boast healthy populations of smallmouth are a common theme, “we like to have about half of our tournaments on smallmouth lakes, or at least lakes that there is a possibility of catching big smallies,” said Lee.
So far through this season, the circuit has visited the Whitefish Chain, Woman Lake, Lake Minnewaska and Green Lake (Spicer). The winning anglers for these events not only bested the other competing teams with their five bass limit, but Mother Nature as the wind has been a prevalent factor at each event this season.
NorthStar Tournament Trail 2017 Winning Teams –
Whitefish Chain, June 2, 2017: Tom Petron & Cory Putman (21.92 lb’s)
Woman Lake, June 3, 2017: John Janousek & Mark Stangeness (24.83 lb’s)
Lake Minnewaska, June 24, 2017: Phil & John Lokken (13.78 lb’s)
Green Lake, June 25, 2017: Howie Lee & Karen Savik (16.82 lb’s)
Through the first four events, the leading team in the year end points standing received invitations to the Classic Bass Champions Tour Open, being held on the Whitefish Chain, on Saturday, August 6th. If the top team is unable to fish the event, the invites will move down the list to the next highest finishing team. The top four teams in points were:
Mark Shirley & Matt Garfield
Dane Vocelka & Mike Hoppe
Matt Pasma & Kara Wattunen
Zach Scully & Chayse Barrett
The team of Shirley and Garfield has been turning some heads this year as they have out placed many veteran tournament anglers and have a 15.18 point lead in the year end point standings!
Rounding out the 2017 schedule for the NorthStar Tournament Trail anglers include stops at:
Lake Waconia, July 28
Clearwater, July 29
Gull Lake, August 19
Mille Lacs, August 20 (NO Slot event and Bay Lake will serve as the alternative lake if conditions dictate)
Following the season, anglers will fish a two day Championship on Lake Pokegama in Grand Rapids on September 9th and 10th.
For more information on the NorthStar Tournament Trail, you can visit their website, http://www.northstartournamenttrail.com, or on Twitter, https://twitter.com/NorthStarTrail and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NorthStarTournamentTrail/ .
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