2004 Tournament of Champions
Whitefish Chain
September 8-10

Tournament Director: Dale Richardson

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We got lucky with a 3 day break in the weather starting Wednesday morning just in time for the Alternate's tournament on Rice Lake and it continued through Thursday and Friday for the main event. The bite was pretty tough for most of the TOC anglers but as always happens, the really good hooks will always find a way to bring in the fish.

Congratulations to Sean Frame from Bass Wranglers as he becomes the first angler in Minnesota BASS Federation history to become a two-time winner. His showed his usual consistancy by bringing in bags weighing 10.46 pounds on day one and backing it up with 10.06 pounds on day two for a total of 20.52 pounds.

Team Standings: 1st Place - Bass Wranglers with 52.34 lbs (30 fish). 2nd Place - DH Bassmasters with 51.22 lbs (28 fish). 3rd Place - 50.38 lbs (28 fish).

Alternate's Tournament - 1st Place - Jerrimy Neyens from Range Bassmasters with 17.12 lbs. 2nd Place - Torrie Oswald from Metro Area Bassmasters with 15.96 lbs. 3rd Place - Steve Radisewitz from Central MN Bassmasters with 14.24 lbs. 4th Place - Mike Cowan from Twin Ports Bassmasters with 14.02 lbs. 5th Place - Greg Fouty from Classic 7 Bassmasters with 13.22 lbs. Big Bass - Lewis Brostrom from Tri State Bassmasters at 5.10 lbs.

We raised $2,129 at the raffle Wednesday night and the check was presented to Tim Brastrup, President of the Brainerd Chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries, our designated charity for this year.

From the Tournament Director's perspective: Thanks to the help of the Brainerd Area clubs for setting up the event, the hard work from the Alternates and workers (especially Lois Steinbauer and Kathy Ludenia), and the staff at Moonlite Bay, the whole thing pretty much came off without a hitch. Special thanks and sincere appreciation goes to Jim Battin for being my mentor through all of this process. Leading up to this event, I braced myself for the all the abuse that normally is tossed at the TD but was delighted when I only got yelled at a couple of times. Since I can't help who the computer pairs up and can't do much about Sprint's cell phone coverage areas, I suppose I got off pretty good. If this trend continues, I guess that I can stand the pressure enough to run for the office again next year.