Shaw wins co-angler title

Brandon Gann of Sparta, Wis., had a two-day total of 10 bass that weighed 32 pounds, 1 ounce to win the Walmart Bass Fishing League Great Lakes Division Super Tournament on the Mississippi River Sunday. For his victory, Gann earned $5,517.

According to Gann, the frog bite is typically how tournaments are won on the Mississippi River near La Crosse. However, a cold front rolled through the area and he made some key adjustments targeting points in Pool 8 of the Mississippi River to get his victory.

“I was targeting points with XCalibur rattle baits with Yank’Em jigs in the morning and flipping grass in the afternoon,” said Gann. “I think the cold front pushed the fish shallow which really helped my bite. About 90 percent of my fish came in water that was 1 to 3 feet deep.”

Boater Brandon Gann, won the Walmart BFL Great Lakes Division on the Mississippi River with 10 bass that weighed 32-1 and earned him $5,517 (click here to download image)

Rounding out the top 10 boaters were:

2nd:      Mike Brueggen, La Crosse, Wis., 10 bass, 30-10, $2,759

3rd:      Chris Aswegan, Lisbon, Iowa, 10 bass, 29-8, $1,839

4th:       Jimmy Johnson, La Crosse, Wis., 10 bass, 29-7, $1,287

5th:       Brian Fitzpatrick, La Crosse, Wis., 10 bass, 29-2, $1,103

6th:       Kyle Schauf, Onalaska, Wis., 10 bass, 28-12, $1,012

7th:       Chia Vang, Holmen, Wis., 10 bass, 28-4, $920

8th:       Terry Fitzpatrick, Waukon, Iowa, 10 bass, 27-13, $828 plus $1000 Evinrude bonus

9th:       Brent Schroeder, Caledonia, Minn., 10 bass, 26-15, $736

10th:     Caleb Kuphall, Mukwonago, Wis., 10 bass, 26-9, $644

Complete results can be found at

Cody Shaw of Reedsburg, Wis., weighed 10 bass totaling 27 pounds, 9 ounces Sunday to win $2,759 in the co-angler division.

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were:

2nd:   Tim Marcou, Bangor, Wis., nine bass, 20-11, $1,379

3rd:   James Medved, Milwaukee, Wis., nine bass, 19-11, $919

4th:    Josh Mohn, Lansing, Iowa, nine bass, 18-15, $644

5th:    Matt Know, Washington, Ill., nine bass, 18-8, $552

6th:    Jason Swanson, Waterloo, Iowa, seven bass, 16-6, $506

7th:    Ron Check, Prairie du Chien, Wis., six bass, 14-14, $460

8th:    Randy Schafer, Mokena, Ill., eight bass, 14-14, $414

9th:    Frank Cipra, Prairie du Chien, Wis., six bass, 14-11, $368

10th: Klaus Kuester, Forest Park, Ill., five bass, 14-6, $322

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers in the Great Lakes Division, based on point standings, have now qualified for the Oct. 11-13 Regional Championship on Lake Barkley in Kuttawa, Ky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and a Chevy Silverado, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.

The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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