After a fun half day of catching some decent largemouth, the group headed to the tournament headquarters at Bray Park on Lake Madison. Camp was promptly set up, with over a dozen MNKFA group members dedicating their weekend to our first destination tournament of the 2015 season. The first night was a great evening of camaraderie, meeting new people, and telling fishing tales. The rain came through around midnight and didn’t taper off until early Saturday; however, you wouldn’t know it with the number of people who streamed in Saturday morning.
For the Mankato Classic, entrants had the option of fishing three lakes around the Mankato area: Madison Lake (tourney headquarters), Duck Lake, and Ballantyne Lake. The CPR tournament was based on total length of up to three bass. The captains meeting began promptly at 0630, and shortly thereafter entrants headed to the lake of their choosing.
The day was not an easy one to fish. The winds were constantly blowing 15 mph, with gusts much higher. This certainly didn’t deter our anglers. The initial results were a little low, with numbers coming in the mid-20s. By the 4:00pm deadline we were all pleasantly surprised with numbers in the 40” range.
The final results were very impressive considering the challenging fishing conditions. Les placed first with 48.75”, taking home $500 and an amazing custom wood plaque. Corey took second with 48.5”, earning a wood plaque and a Bending Branches "Angler Classic Plus” paddle. Rodney took third with 48”, winning $75 and a wood plaque.
This was a fantastic event, with few major issues. The board members worked overtime to ensure everything went smoothly, and people had a great time fishing and camping. Thanks to all our amazing members, and congratulations to our winners!