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Monday, 29 June 2015 00:00

MNFKA Mankato Bass Classic

Written by MNKFA
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June 20 was the official tournament day for the 2015 Mankato Bass Classic. We had thirty four registered entrants from around the state of Minnesota. The event unofficially began on June 19, when the Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association board met at Lake Francis near Mankato, MN to do a little informal fishing.

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!

Last modified on Sunday, 28 June 2015 20:00


+1 # kingsalmon 2015-06-29 08:31
Excellent write up. We even had a couple from South East Iowa come up to fish the tournament. And some entrants who drove 6 hours from the far north of Minnesota. What a good time!
# TonyMSP 2015-06-29 11:43
Yeah, the turnout was fantastic! Thank you to everyone who came to the event!
# Roxana 2015-06-29 10:46
Looks like you all had fun! Yay, MNKFA!!

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