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Casting Couples Report

Hunter Lunderson and Evan Delarosa (Hartford, Mich.) - 1st Place

Hunter Lunderson and Evan Delarosa (Hartford, Mich.) weighed in a limit of four bass totaling 12.12 pounds to win the Casting Couples Open tournament on the St. Joseph River at Benton Harbor over the holiday.

Eight teams found a tough bite and fished under overcast skies and 29 to 39 degrees.

The winners ($190) earned an extra $70 for catching the biggest bass, a 5.09-pound smallmouth. Lunderson and Delarosa used blade baits to catch a limit in the first hour and only boated one more keeper the rest of the day.

Starboard Choice Report

Bill Mathews and Matt Davis - 1st Place

Bill Mathews and Matt Davis caught 19.06 pounds on the St. Joseph River over the holiday to win $200 in the Starboard Choice Marine Fall Open.

The duo caught their fish on Ned Rigs and blade baits fished slowly in deep-water current breaks. Their biggest smallmouth weighed 5.48 but it wasn’t big enough to take the big bass pot ($50) which was won by Jarrod and Bryce (no last names provided) with a 6.30-pound smallmouth.  

Brian Souza and Derek Deardorf were second ($120) with 12.18 pounds and Hunter Lenardson and Evan De La Rosa were third ($80) with 11.82 pounds.

Tackle Shack Report

Steve Kline and Kenny Watson - 1st Place

Steve Kline and Kenny Watson fished Ned rigs around weed patches to win the Tackle Shack Polar Bear Bob Evans Thanksgiving Classic on Klinger Lake last weekend.

The winners had 11.15 pounds to pocket $350.

Jeremy Bunnell and Lee Duracz - 2nd Place

However, the big money winners were Jeremy Bunnell and Lee Duracz who finished second ($210) with 9.14 pounds, won the big bass pot ($95) with a 3.3-pound smallmouth, the critter pot ($95) with a 5.57-pound pike and the Trifecta pot ($410). They also won Tackle Shack Str8-Up Mount gift cards.

They fished blade baits and Ned rigs on sandy weed patches in 10 feet or less.

Ron Fabizak and Jason Fowler were third ($105) with 7.42 pounds.

The Otto brothers won the drawing for the Lew’s Zona Signature Rod from Tackle Shack.

Tackle Shack Report

Bob Evans and John Grimm - 1st Place

Bob Evans and John Grimm fished submerged wood with Ned rigs to catch 11.32 pounds and win the Tackle Shack Polar Bear Open on the St. Joseph River at 6 Span Bridge.

They pocketed $390. The tournament drew 24 boats.

Starboard Choice Report

Josh Weidner and Bob Hyatt - 1st Place

Josh Weidner and Bob Hyatt caught 10.45 pounds and had big bass to win the Starboard Choice Marine Fall Open on Lake Maxinkuckee last weekend.

Weidner and Hyatt, who won $200 for first, took big bass ($60) with a 3.25-pound smallmouth. The winners reported catching their fish shallow once the sun came out.