Gull Lake host high school bass tournament

A hot bite, a growing sport: Student anglers kick off tournament season by partnering with Minnesota Fishing Challenge

The Gull Chain of Lakes was the place to be for competitive anglers this weekend.

Not only did it play host to the 11th Annual Fleet Farm Minnesota Fishing Challenge Saturday, June 1, it also served as the first location on the tournament schedule for the Student Angler Tournament Trail. The fledgling nonprofit organization is on a mission to support a growing field of young anglers from across the state with a more robust competition schedule.

“It was great. We partnered with the Minnesota Fishing Challenge and we kind of ran a combined event, which was neat because there were really two different tournaments at the same time,” said Kolt Ringer, president of Student Angler Tournament Trail. “It was a great way to kind of kick it off at the beginning of the season.”

Two hundred student anglers participated in Saturday’s catch-and-release bass tournament with the assistance of 100 boat captains. Participants weighed in nearly 1,000 fish totaling 1,737 pounds, or an average of 1.75 pounds per fish….Full Story