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Gann Sticks with Frog for Win

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Brandon Gann
August 22, 2017 • MLF • Phoenix Bass Fishing League

Brandon Gann of Sparta, Wisconsin, caught three bass weighing 10 pounds, 14 ounces, Saturday to win the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) Great Lakes Division tournament on the Mississippi River. For his win, Gann pocketed $5,401.


“I primarily fished backwaters off of the main-river channel – basically anywhere that I could find clean water,” says Gann, who logged his third career-win on the Mississippi River in BFL competition. “We had some severe weather roll through and it dirtied everything up, so I had to start from scratch. It was almost like pre-fishing the entire region again.”


Gann says he spent the event fishing Pool No. 8, and that his most productive bait was a Spro Dean Rojas Bronzeye Frog 65.


“I rotated between four or five different areas and worked the frog through lily pads mixed with duckweed,” says Gann. “It was tough out there – I think I only caught four keepers the entire day.”


One of Gann’s keepers – a 5-pound, 9-ounce bass – ended up being the largest of the event.


“I caught the big bass on the Bronzeye frog around 1 p.m., and it was definitely what won it for me,” says Gann. “I was very fortunate to get that bite.”


The top 10 boaters:


1st:          Brandon Gann, Sparta, Wis., three bass, 10-14, $5,401


2nd:         Todd Hancock, Rothschild, Wis., three bass, 10-13, $2,670


3rd:          Mike Feldermann, Galena, Ill., three bass, 10-7, $1,514


4th:          Bob Bungard, Holmen, Wis., three bass, 10-0, $1,060


5th:          Fernando Lobato, Sparta, Wis., three bass, 9-15, $908


6th:          Jason Skutt, Menomonie, Wis., three bass, 9-14, $833


7th:          Tom Howland, Riceville, Iowa, three bass, 9-11, $757


8th:          Yamamoto Baits pro Tom Monsoor, La Crosse, Wis., three bass, 9-9, $681


9th:          Brent Schroeder, Caledonia, Minn., three bass, 9-5, $537


9th:          Kyle Meyer, Blaine, Minn., three bass, 9-5, $537


9th:          William Schultz, Viroqua, Wis., three bass, 9-5, $537


Complete results can be found at  


Gann’s 5-pound, 9-ounce catch also earned him the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $660.


Co-angler Kevin Anderson


Anderson wins co-angler title


Kevin Anderson of Ettrick, Wisconsin, caught three bass weighing 10 pounds, 4 ounces, to win the Co-Angler Division and $2,435.


The top 10 co-anglers:


1st:          Kevin Anderson, Ettrick, Wis., three bass, 10-4, $2,435


2nd:         Donald Roscovius, Tomah, Wis., three bass, 9-11, $1,235


3rd:          Steve Ubersox, Cherry Valley, Ill., three bass, 9-6, $757


4th:          Nick Gifford, Cameron, Wis., three bass, 9-2, $530


5th:          Tong Lor, La Crosse, Wis., three bass, 8-13, $454


6th:          Craig Fanning, Elwood, Ill., three bass, 8-10, $416


7th:          Bill Gabel, Willowbrook, Ill., three bass, 8-8, $378


8th:          Richard Conrad, Burnsville, Minn., three bass, 8-2, $341


9th:          Tim Czesak, Bloomingdale, Ill., three bass, 8-0, $334


9th:          Cody Hackett, Stoddard, Wis., three bass, 8-0, $334


Nicholas Leno of Chicago, Illinois, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division – a fish weighing 3 pounds, 9 ounces – and earned the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $165.


The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 12-14 BFL Regional Championship on the Barren River in Scottsville, Kentucky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard.