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Feldermann Wins Walmart Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division Event on Mississippi River

Fisher wins co-angler title

by: Brian Johnson, FLW

Mike Feldermann of Galena, Illinois, weighed a 5-bass limit totaling 15 lbs even Saturday to win the Great Lakes Division tournament on the Mississippi River and a check worth $6,498.
Photo by courtesy FLW Outdoors
(Jun 1, 2015 - PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI.) Mike Feldermann of Galena, Illinois, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds even Saturday to win the second Walmart Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division tournament of 2015 on the Mississippi River. For his victory, Feldermann earned $6,498.
“It feels great,” said Feldermann, a 21-year BFL Great Lakes division veteran with eight career victories. “I know this area of the river really well so when I see my strategy fall into place it is really gratifying.”
Feldermann said he targeted bass in Pool No. 9 using a homemade white and chartreuse-colored spinnerbait.
“I was fishing the flooded reeds and grass in 2 to 3 feet of water the entire day,” Feldermann said. “I caught a quick limit at my first spot before heading north around 9 a.m.”
Feldermann said the biggest difference in his spots was the amount of fish he would catch, as well as their size.
“I caught the 4-pound, 12-ouncer – the biggest bass of the tournament – at about 11:15,” Feldermann said. “Those northern spots didn’t have tons of fish like the southern ones did, but the fish I brought in were large. If you want to win a tournament you’ve got to head up north.”
The top 10 boaters finished the tournament in:
1st:          Mike Feldermann, Galena, Ill., five bass, 15-0, $4,498 + $2,000 Ranger Cup Bonus
2nd:         Jimmy Johnson, La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 13-10, $2,249
3rd:          Mike Brueggen, La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 12-8, $1,498
4th:          Josh Keeney, Greenville, Wis., five bass, 12-4, $1,050
5th:          Rick Miller, Eastman, Wis., five bass, 12-3, $900
6th:          Chase Clausen, Prairie du Chien, Wis., four bass, 11-12, $787
6th:          Kyle Von Ruden, Stoddard, Wis., five bass, 11-12, $787
8th:          Brian Fitzpatrick, La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 11-11, $675
9th:          Harold Therault, Grayslake, Ill., five bass, 11-0, $600
10th:        Dustin Drath, La Crosse, Wis., five bass, 10-15, $498
10th:        Wells Kaiser, Cuba City, Wis., five bass, 10-15, $498
Feldermann also caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the pro division, a fish weighing 4 pounds, 12 ounces and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $645.
Ben Fisher of Waterloo, Iowa, weighed in five bass totaling 12 pounds, 1 ounce Saturday to win $2,249 in the co-angler division.
The top 10 co-anglers were:
1st:          Ben Fisher, Waterloo, Iowa, five bass, 12-1, $2,249
2nd:         Alan Bernicky, Joliet, Ill., five bass, 11-13, $1,125
3rd:          Bill McBride, Rockford, Ill., five bass, 10-9, $752
4th:          Frank Cipra, Prairie du Chien, Wis., five bass, 10-7, $525
5th:          Michael Meier, Dodgeville, Wis., five bass, 10-3, $450
6th:          Bill Gabel, Willowbrook, Ill., five bass, 10-1, $393
6th:          Chad Schultz, Roscoe, Ill., five bass, 10-1, $393
8th:          John Morales, Tinley Park, Ill., four bass, 9-15, $337
9th:          Tony Seiler, River Falls, Wis., five bass, 9-8, $300
10th:        Greg Tacheny, Harris, Minn., five bass, 9-5, $262
Tony Kromke of La Crosse, Wisconsin, caught the biggest bass of the tournament in the co-angler division and earned the day’s Big Bass award of $322.
The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers based on point standings will qualify for the Oct. 15-17 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Kentucky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C 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 50 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. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2015 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.