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Match Bass Fishing Tourney

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Hey Fellow Bass fisherman. I have a new idea for fishing bass tournaments this year in the west metro. I am taking this idea from a format similar to one I saw in Texas. I think it would be a fun way to tournament fish this year and maybe years to come. I know that Cory and Deitz are trying to put a FM tournament together and I am in no way trying to take away from what they are doing. As a matter of fact I would really like to fish with them this year in their tournaments and meet fellow FM’ers.

If you have ever played match play golf then you will find this to be a familiar format. The idea is to fish a one on one tournament against another angler on the same lake. You pick the lake you want to fish. You will also fish out of your own boat. The winner of the match advances to the next round and the loser is moved to the loser’s bracket. Everyone is guaranteed to matches. Matches can be as short as three hours or as long as 14 hours. It’s up to the pairings to decide.

The only requirements that you will need to meet are:

You need your own boat.

You need to have a functioning livewell system for keeping fish alive.

You need to have a digital scale (X Tool or Rapala digital scale) and weigh-in-bag.

This year I want the format to be FREE, NO ENTRY FEE. The reason for the free entry is because I want to work out any bugs that are not foreseen in the planning. I may ask for a $5 dollar donation so that I am reimbursed for a real weigh-in-scale for the Match Championship. I have not yet decided if the matches will be setup as one big tournament or if we will have flights with the first and second place finishers of each flight advancing to the Match Championship. That all depends on the number of bass fisherman interested in fishing. I would like to get between 8 and 20 guys that want to fish this format.

I am looking for bass fisherman in the west metro area this year. If you live outside of the west metro you are still welcome to join but the anglers that live in the west metro will have the final say on lake choice. This rule could change if there is a high level of interest outside of the west metro area.

The season is sneaking up on us so the cut off for joining this year is May 14th 2006. Pairings will be posted no later than May 21st 2006. If you are interested in joining please email me at [email protected]

When you email me I will send you a complete list of rules and the tournament layout. The Match Championship lake is still to be determined, probably Waconia, Buffalo or Washington/Stella.

Below is a brief layout of how the tournament will work.


Match pairings are chosen randomly by pulling the names out of a hat. All competitors will only be paired against other anglers who have entered in the same region. On or near May 21st the 1st round of pairings will be posted.


After your match has been posted it is the responsibility of each angler to contact their challenger. Each match must be completed within the time frame of that round (3 weeks from posting). Once you have contacted your challenger, you must discuss the lake that you want to hold your match. Each competitor may say "NO" to only one lake recommendation. For example, you tell your challenger you would like to hold the match on Buffalo. James Ferris, may say "NO" to that lake. Then, James may say he wants to hold the match on Waconia. You may say "NO" to that lake. If this is the case, the match lake will then default to the only lake remaining, Beebe. You may chose to hold your match on a lake not listed above if you both agree to the lake. The 3 lake choices are only listed to offer a resolution if you are not able to agree upon the lake. You can even hold the match on a private pond if you both agree to do so. Lake choices will most likely be different for each match round.

Once you have agreed upon a lake, you must then agree to a date, time, and place to meet your challenger. You can hold the match any day of the week and anytime of day, as long as the match is completed before the deadline date. For Example: You and your challenger have agreed to use Buffalo as your match lake. You then set up the time and place. You both agree that you would like to hold the match on Wednesday the 13th, and Northwest Ramp. You agree that you will meet at the Northwest Ramp at 6:00 AM and your weigh in will be at 2:00 PM, on the 13th. (It's a good idea to get each other's cell phone #, in case one of you is running late) Once you have set up a time to meet and a time to weigh in, you must E-mail the Bass Match address and let us know the schedule. Once you meet at the ramp, you will need to check each other's measuring board, and determine who's scale your going to use, ( You will measure and weigh each other's fish at the end of the day.)

You will fish out of your own boat (By yourself) the entire day.


Once you have completed your match, you will determine a winner and then report your results to Bass Match before the deadline date. The winner will advance to the next round in the winner's bracket, and the other angler will move to the "B" flight. (If it is that angler's 1st loss). If it is his/her second loss, he/she is out of the competition and may be eligible for the end of the year Bass Match Challenger Tournament. Since the Bass Match is a double elimination an angler can lose one match, and still make it all the way to the Championship by winning the remaining matches.

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So far we have 12 guys signed up and I think 3 others still have not sent back the entry form. If you are interested in joining please send me an email and I can send you more information. We also have a website under construction. The web site will provide all the details. Look for it to be up and running sometime next week.

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    • MarkB
      My cousin sent me a couple pictures from last week's trip. After the storm, the perch kind of took over the bite and those pictured were all caught on crawlers in 22' of water adjacent to a rock reef . We caught lots of walleyes in this same area. The other picture was take from the Pike River bridge as we were leaving Friday morning. Good Fishing. MarkB 2024 perch.jfif Pike River bridge June 2024.jfif
    • smurfy
      yeppers......nuttin more aggravating the boat motor issues!!!!!!!   what was the problem the first time???????
    • Hookmaster
      Nice fish Kettle. Hope it's really "fixed" next time.
    • Rivergroup
      Our group will be returning in September as well. Wish we were able to be there now to lend a hand.
    • smurfy
      dang...tough to hear..........hope the good people up there recover soon!!!!!!!!!
    • MarkB
      We just returned this afternoon from 6 days on Vermilion. We arrived Saturday and enjoyed 3 fantastic days of walleye fishing. My cousin, our friend Greg, and myself fished several of our spring spots and found fish on all of them. Water temperatures were pretty much 65-67 degrees everywhere we fished. The wind was variable and made boat control a challenge at times. Bait was not an issue and we had success on crawlers(Tim), leeches(Greg), and minnows(me). If I had to pick one of those as catching the most fish, it would be crawlers. Our best day totalled 48 walleyes, 4 smallmouth, and 2 big JUMBOS. We ended up with over a hundred walleyes, 12 jumbos 11"-13", and 10 smallmouth to 18". Our biggest walleye was 24.5" and the balance went from 13"-22". There are lots of 14"-16" walleyes this year which are perfect eaters. The mayfly hatch was in full bloom in some areas but we found very few mayflies in the water column over rock reefs. We caught our fish in depths ranging from 10' to 32'. I didn't fish in any area where I could see mayflies top to bottom in the water column. Slow trolling in the .3mph to .6mph worked and we caught nothing using slip bobbers. Terminal tackle was a 3'-4' 10# flurocarbon leader, 2 lime colored beads, and a plain #6 Gamakatsu walleye hook . Snags are always an issue when fishing in and around the rocks and when the fish are biting they are acceptable. NOW, for the bad news.......Tuesday was a day I won't soon forget. The area suffered devastating torrential rainfall. Lightning was non-stop for several hours and when things settled down, flood damage was everywhere. We checked our rain guage on the side of the cabin and we got 7 3/4 " in a little over 4 hours! Breezy Point road washed out, Mud Creek road washed out as did several others in the area. Cooke business area was completely covered with flood water. I would consider it a disaster area and should be declared as such. We couldn't find a dock anywhere that wasn't covered with water. People were stranded behind flood covered and washed out roads. Dock decking, limbs and such were floating everywhere in the big water. My group sends our prayers to the people of that beautiful country that lost their businesses, homes, and suffered damage to their lake properties. The people of that north country are resilient and we have confidence that they will recover. We stayed our final 3 days but didn't fish at all Tuesday. Our last 2 days showed the effects of the storm. Water temps dropped to 64 degrees and our premo fishing became 10 walleye days. We did manage to catch a dozen really nice jumbos. We plan on returning in September and we pray the area will have returned to normal by then. I haven't figured out how to transfer photos from my phone to my computer yet so no pictures at this time. Good Fishing and God be with you. MarkB
    • SkunkedAgain
      Word is that the river has peaked and therefore the town can start the process of recovering sooner.
    • smurfy
      Heard that too. Also heard 38 was closed for a but north of rapids due to flooding.    I know the water really came up when I was up last week compared to when I was there in April. 
    • Kettle
      Someone said 4 inches in the past week, more expected this weekend. A few roads, including county roads that are asphalt ended up with sink holes. Lakes are the highest I've ever seen in the 30+ years coming to the area and now living here. Several people lost trees Tues night
    • smurfy
      Dang Kettle  that bites. Great to hear fishing was good though.   How much rain you get up that way?
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