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Gann Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division Super Tournament On Mississippi River

Shaw wins co-angler title

by: Julie Huber,,

Boater Brandon Gann, won the Walmart BFL Great Lakes Division on the Mississippi River with 10 bass that weighed 32-1 and earned him $5,517
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Sep. 24, 2012 - La CROSSE, WI.)

Brandon Gann of Sparta, Wis., had a two-day total of 10 bass that weighed 32 pounds, 1 ounce to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division Super Tournament on the Mississippi River Sunday. For his victory, Gann earned $5,517.

According to Gann, the frog bite is typically how tournaments are won on the Mississippi River near La Crosse. However, a cold front rolled through the area and he made some key adjustments targeting points in Pool 8 of the Mississippi River to get his victory.

"I was targeting points with XCalibur rattle baits with Yank'Em jigs in the morning and flipping grass in the afternoon," said Gann. "I think the cold front pushed the fish shallow which really helped my bite. About 90 percent of my fish came in water that was 1 to 3 feet deep."

Rounding out the top 10 boaters were:

2nd: Mike Brueggen La Crosse, Wis. 10 bass 30-10 $2,759
3rd: Chris Aswegan Lisbon, Iowa 10 bass 29-8 $1,839
4th: Jimmy Johnson La Crosse, Wis. 10 bass 29-7 $1,287
5th: Brian Fitzpatrick La Crosse, Wis. 10 bass 29-2 $1,103
6th: Kyle Schauf Onalaska, Wis. 10 bass 28-12 $1,012
7th: Chia Vang Holmen, Wis. 10 bass 28-4 $920
8th: Terry Fitzpatrick Waukon, Iowa 10 bass 27-13 $828 plus $1000 Evinrude bonus
9th: Brent Schroeder , Caledonia, Minn. 10 bass 26-15 $736
10th: Caleb Kuphall Mukwonago, Wis. 10 bass 26-9 $644

Cody Shaw of Reedsburg, Wis., weighed 10 bass totaling 27pounds, 9 ounces Sunday to win $2,759 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:
2nd: Tim Marcou Bangor, Wis. nine bass 20-11 $1,379
3rd: James Medved Milwaukee, Wis. nine bass 19-11 $919
4th: Josh Mohn Lansing, Iowa nine bass 18-15 $644
5th: Matt Know Washington, Ill. nine bass 18-8 $552
6th: Jason Swanson Waterloo, Iowa seven bass 16-6 $506
7th: Ron Check Prairie du Chien, Wis. six bass 14-14 $460
8th: Randy Schafer Mokena, Ill. eight bass 14-14 $414
9th: Frank Cipra Prairie du Chien, Wis. six bass 14-11 $368
10th: Klaus Kuester Forest Park, Ill. five bass 14-6 $322

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers in the Great Lakes Division, based on point standings, have now qualified for the Oct. 11-13 Regional Championship on Lake Barkley in Kuttawa, Ky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing - the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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