Litchfield Student Anglers Club got their feet wet June 3 at its first league night at Lake Minne Belle.
A total of 41 students caught 117 bass during the event. First place went to Ayden Cziok, catching 17 scoreable bass. With 210 points, second place went to Jesse Heid Jr., who caught 10 bass, and third place had a three-way tie of 112 points between Ben Ammermann, Ben Nelson and Evan Holtz with 6 bass and 80 points each.
Coach Daniel Anderson said the meet went fantastic.
“We also had a team qualify for the Student Angler Tournament Trail this past weekend on Gull Lake, (as) a top 10 in a 100-boat tournament, competing against the best student anglers in the state.”
The student angler team of Nelson and Ammermann, both Litchfield High School seniors, qualified this past weekend to participate in the state Tournament of Champions, Anderson said. They scored 10th place with a 18.6 pound bag of bass.
“They will fish for over $20,000 in scholarships,” he said. “Only the top 10 percent of 150 teams get to go.”
Nelson and Ammermann will compete in a two-day tournament on Lake Vermilion — known colloquially as “Minnesota’s most beautiful lake.” Lake Vermillion touts more than 40,500 acres of water and 290 miles of shoreline, the longest in the state. The lake houses 365 islands, hundreds of coves and is a popular fishing and tourist spot.