Mittelstaedt rallies to win Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship
Kent Mittelstaedt finished with a flurry to win the Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship Aug. 17 on Lake Pokegama in Grand Rapids.
Mittelstaedt, out of New Hope and the Viking bass fishing club, bested 220 of Minnesota’s best bass fisherman in the two-day tournament, represented by anglers from more than 30 bass fishing clubs across Minnesota.
Mittelstaedt had a Day 1 weight of 12.7 pounds (full tournament limit of five smallmouth bass), leaving him in 16th place. On Day 2, He had only about 11 pounds of bass with about an hour-and-a-half left to fish, but a strong finish allowed him to end the final day with 17.45 pounds (three smallmouths, two largemouths) and win at 30.15. Kenny Schofield, of Duluth, was second, just over a pound behind at 29.12. (For complete results, click here.)
With the victory, Mittelstaedt now qualifies to compete in the B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional in 2019. The win also granted him an invite to fish the Classic Bass Champions Tour in 2019.