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Rob Bueltmann and Ben Verhoef, “Bassing Rob and Bassing Ben Lead Anglers in Action Day 1 of Tournament of Champions

Tournament Results On November 2, 2019

General Information
Date November 2, 2019 Reporter Bob
Number of Boats 187 Location PB2 Lake of the Ozarks
Weather/Water Conditions
Water Temperature 57-60 Sky Sunny
Air Temperature 30's-50 Generation Heavy
Tournament Results
Placement Angler(s) Name Total Keepers Total Weight
1st Place Rob Bueltmann and Ben Verhoef 5 18.68
2nd Place Carl Metz and Tom Kauffman 5 17.17
3rd Place Mike Eustler and Dustin Cox 5 15.95
Big Bass Award
1st Place Big Bass Winner Name Big Bass Weight
Tournament Notes

Today was one of the most impressive groups of team fisherman.  Over the past year, Anglers in Action have run tournament trails all over the midwest, each tournament pays the winners and over the course of several tournaments, the top tier over the entire year qualify to fish the AiA Tournament of Champions, a two day event with a big pay-out and the winner win a Ranger Boat.

187 teams took off at 7:00AM this morning from PB2 on Lake of the Ozarks.    The bite on LOZ has been pretty tough the past month or so with cooling water temps, varying levels of dam generation, rain and cold fronts that has dirtied up parts of the lake and rising and falling water.  The fish and the bait fish have become very scattered.

While most anglers were pretty tight lipped about their good bites today, which is common on a two day event, the anglers that talked about their bite were pretty consistent, typical early fall junk fishing.

Quality fish were caught from the river area to the dam and the major creeks in between.   Quality bites were reported on the spinner bait, buzz bait, whopper plopper, swim baits, cranks baits, rattle traps, worm and jig.   There were quality fish caught in the backs of creeks with a lot of bait fish on moving baits, jigs and worms flipping both shallow docks and steeper bank docks just inside of main lake points, covering water on the main lake with wind and shade on the spinner bait and top water baits as well as bottom baits and some brush pile fish as well.

Based on the weigh-in today, the later flights seemed to weigh more limits of fish and bigger fish, indicating to me that the afternoon bite was better than the morning bite.

The lake is fishing tough.  With only 18.68 leading and lots of bags from 10-13#’s the door is wide open for someone to have a good day tomorrow to win.

Click here for full day 1 results.

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