New Johns Lake Recap

Team Marty Mantz and Matt Sullivan take New Johns!

A beautiful day on one of the most diverse fisheries in our state equaled an amazing tournament for the second stop of the the Bandits season. Reports of super tough conditions didn't stop the 11 teams today as everyone was excited for a chance at a giant bag of Largemouth or Smallmouth Bass. With very little wind and light clouds throughout the day Matt Sullivan and Marty Mantz were able to search out some beds and bring home the crown with 12.01 lbs of Smallies. 2nd place went to Amanda Bader and Tony Reinbold with 10.81 lbs of fish caught on a classic Melos Spinner and 3rd place was the trifecta of Trent Fugere, Paul Reinbold, and Adrian Estrada with 10.71 lbs anchored by Trent's Big Bass of the day at 4.38lbs. Our Junior Champion was Hayden Bader with a terrific 2.12 lb smallmouth just barely edging out Roo Estrada.

Great job to everyone on the water today and thanks for all the help from all members at launch and weigh in.

The Bandits next tournament will be June 3rd on North Audubon Arm and June 4th at Audubon launching from the Totten Trail Ramp. These will be two seperate tournaments and we hope to see as many teams as possible join us for the fun.

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1st- Marty Mantz and Matt Sullivan-12.01-100 pts 
2nd-Tony Reinbold and Amanda Bader-10.81-99
3rd-Paul Reinbold, Adrian Estrada, Trent Fugure-10.71-99-Big Bass Award
4th-Eric Vossler and Hunter Wood-10.46-97
5th-Denver Tergesen and Tyler Tergesen-9.63(big bass tiebreaker)-96
6th-Mike Zacher and Ryan Zacher-9.63-95
7th-Colton Blomberg and Josh Birtchet-9.46-94
8th-Thomas Leintz and Robert Reinbold-7.73-93
9th-Justin Enney, Amber Pierce and Dustin Jacobsen-6.99-92
10th-Jason Perius-6.66-91
11th-Carl and Susie Hayden-0.00-50

TBF Results
1st- Marty Mantz and Matt Sullivan-12.01
2nd-Tony Reinbold-10.81
3rd-Paul Reinbold-10.71
4th-Eric Vossler-10.46
5th-Denver Tergesen and Tyler Tergesen-9.63
6th-Colton Blomberg and Josh Birtchet-9.46
8th-Robert Reinbold-7.73
9th-Justin Enney, Amber Pierce and Dustin Jacobsen-6.99



Matt Sullivan & Marty Mantz

Eric Vossler & Hunter Wood
Colton Blomberg /
Amanda Bader
Bob Reinbold & Thomas Leintz 191

April 29th
Nelson Lake
May 20th
New Johns
East Park Boat Ramp
June 3rd

North Audubon

June 4th
Totten Trail
July 1st & 2nd

Club Camping Weekend
Lake Tschida

July 15th
Spiritwood Lake
July 29th
Lake Sakakawea
Walleye Bay
August 26th
Lake Oahe
September 23rd & 24th

Classic Championship
Lake Audubon



New Season, New Faces

Colton Blomberg and Colton Self with their winning fish at the season opener at Nelson Lake

The Badlands Bass Bandits began their 2017 tournament season with a bang. With the crowd favorite Nelson Lake starting the year off and reports of big fish being caught all winter the anticipation was high for some great fishing. Despite the power plant shutting down their big unit a few days earlier and dropping water temperatures it did not disappoint. An early morning fog delay changed the typical boat launch to a shotgun start and all 22 teams blasted off with a 5mph speed limit until 8am. Fishing was very consistent for most teams throughout the day but for the team of Colton Blomberg and Colton Self a great stretch of rocky bank and a black and blue jig yielded three great Largemouth Bass totaling 15.29 lbs, a new club record for the lake, with a 5.88lb big bass winning kicker fish. 2nd place team of Eric Vossler and Hunter Wood broke in his new Skeeter Boat in the right direction with 12.79lbs of Nelson Lake Largemouth and the trifecta of Bob and Jeanette Reinbold teaming up with Thomas Leintz rounded out the top three with 10.65lbs. It was a great day on the water and an incredible performance by the top teams. Thanks everyone and see you May 20th at New Johns.

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1st-Colton Blomberg/Colton Self-15.29lbs and 5.88 Big Bass Award-101 points
2nd-Eric Vossler/Hunter Wood-12.79lbs-99 points
3rd-Jeanette Reinbold/Bob Reinbold/Thomas Leintz-10.65lbs-98 points
4th-Sam Wenner/Wayne Wenner-9.82lbs-97 points
5th-Matt Sullivan/Marty Mantz-8.92lbs-96 points
6th-Jason Bader/Amanda Bader-8.49lbs-95 points
7th-Lance Zent/Amber Pierce-7.83lbs-94 points
8th-Michael Kielar-7.25lbs-93 points
9th-Jason Pierus-6.93 lbs-92 points
10th-Paul Reinbold/Tony Reinbold-6.22lbs-91 points
11th-Denver Tergesen/Tyler Tergesen-5.24lbs-90 points 
12th-Josh Trottier/Aaron Stenvold-3.66lbs-89 points
13th-Travis Bush/Stephen Kolobakken--2.60lbs 88 points
14th-Justin Enney/Adrian Estrada/Dustin Jacobson-2.43 lbs-87 points
15th-Mike Zacher/Ryan Zacher-1.87lbs-86 points
16th-Corey Erickson-1.50lbs-85 points
17th-Curt Manley-0.00-50 points
18th-Markus Brown-DQ-0 points
19th-Ethan Eagle Chasing-DQ-0 points
20th-Perry Atkinson-DQ-0 points
21st-Barry Wolfe-DQ-0 points

1st-Colton Blomberg-15.29lbs
2nd-Eric Vossler-12.79lbs
3rd-Bob Reinbold-10.65lbs
4th-Matt Sullivan/Marty Mantz-8.92lbs
5th-Amber Pierce-7.83lbs
6th-Paul Reinbold/Tony Reinbold-6.22lbs
7th-Denver Tergesen/Tyler Tergesen-5.24lbs
8th-Justin Enney/Adrian Estrada/Dustin Jacobson-2.43 lbs 9th-Markus Brown-0.00 lbs