High school teams compete in Minnesota Fishing Challenge

MN Fishing Challenge teams raise more than $300,000

A rainy day did not hamper the 320 anglers fishing the 10th annual Fleet Farm Minnesota Fishing Challenge—a multi-species, fundraising fishing tournament Saturday, June 2.

Due to the heavy overcast skies and intermittent rain, the two-person teams found most fish shallow, and nearly every team caught fish on the Gull Lake chain of lakes near Brainerd.

Leading up to this event, the teams raised more than $302,000 to support Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs statewide.

The cumulative amount generated via this family-friendly tournament since 2009 exceeds $1.9 million. Stu Nelson and Rich Brummer, Cloquet, set a stout record this year with the most ever raised by a team. They are passionate about restoring lives of those addicted to drugs and alcohol, a news release stated, and their hard work brought in more than $132,000. In all, 59 of the teams raised at least $500 to support Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge.

“We consider this tournament to be friendly competition, with the emphasis on friendly,” said tournament director Bernie Barringer in the release. “From professional anglers and fishing celebrities to youth and seniors, those fishing this event are focused on fun and raising important funds for an amazing cause: saving the lives of people trapped in chemical addiction.”

Tournament host Al Lindner said, “Despite the cold rain, the fishing was really good for all species. … I want to personally thank the participants and the entire community for helping make this event a huge success and for their continued support of the lives that are impacted by Teen Challenge.”

Area high school bass fishing teams participated in the event and the top three teams won $1,000 college scholarships donated by Sea Foam. Additional prizes went to the top five teams such as Aqua-Vu Cameras and $100 in Fleet Farm gift cards. The division was won by brothers Tyler and Kyle Bahr of Brainerd with 20.9 pounds for seven bass….Full Story and Photos