This past weekend marked the Bandit’s final tournament of the year. The classic championship! Going into the tourney many people were unsure how it would turn out. Mainly because of the recent weather shift and memories of years past. However, Audobaun Lake turned out to be one of the best tournaments of the year. Day one ended with Matt Sullivan and Marty Mantz in first place at 10.99, with Wes Baptiste and Amber Pierce a close second with 10.97. Behind them were two more bags at over 10lbs for three fish. Most caught fish early on day one and everyone seemed to have numbers of 3 plus pounders throughout. Day 2 on the other hand, was a different story for some. While others slid off the top spot, few found them later in the day to come from behind. Paul Reinbold and Josh Birtchet came in from 5th the day prior to 1st with over a 12 lb bag and taking big bag and big bass of the year with 4.89! They had some early struggles on day two but a late afternoon flurry carried them to the win. Even though Amber and Wes put up a hard charge to gain back points for AOY, they just couldn't gain the momentum to catch Eric Vossler and Hunter Wood from the top spot! Amazing season for Eric and Hunter as well as Amber Pierce who was crowned Rookie of the Year. An incredible ending to an amazing year with amazing people!
With the club saying goodbye to Stephen Basinger, Jared Sparks, and Wes Baptiste we want to thank them for everything they did and do to help further grow the sport of Tournament Bass Fishing in North Dakota and the Badlands Bass Bandits. They will all be truly missed. I also encourage everyone to get out on the water with someone new and introduce them to this sport we all love and cherish. The future of our club and bass fishing in North Dakota depends on the increased participation of all our members to find new members for our club and to further educate on the importance of conservation in our state. Thanks again everyone for a great year and see you all at the ICE BOWL!!!
1st-Paul Reinbold and Josh Birtchet-21.38 lbs and big bass award 4.89lbs-101 points
2nd-Marty Mantz and Matt Sullivan-21.27 lbs-99 points
3rd-Eric Vossler and Hunter Wood-20.50 lbs-98 points
4th-Stephen Basinger and Thomas Leintz-20.05 lbs-97 points
5th-Lance Zent and Jared Sparks-18.92 lbs-96 points
6th-Bob and Jeanette Reinbold-18.01 lbs(big bass tie breaker 4.35lbs)-95points
7th-Wes Baptiste and Amber Pierce-18.01 lbs-94 points