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Mittelstaedt Wins Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation TOC

Mike Galvin  | Published on 8/21/2018

Kent MittelStaed
Press Release - MN B.A.S.S. Nation - August 2018

Mittelstaedt Wins Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship

Kent Mittelstaedt wins Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship on Lake Pokegama in Grand Rapids, MN.

Kent has competed in bass tournaments in MN and across the nation for nearly 15years. He originates from Minnetonka, MN and is a bass fishing guide on Lake Minnetonka. On August 17th, Kent came out on top over 220 of Minnesota’s best bass fisherman in a two day bass fishing tournament on Lake Pokegama. The state championship consists of anglers from over 30 bass fishing clubs across Minnesota.

The New Hope, MN angler put in four days of practice mostly on the main lake. He figured out early that he would need to focus on subtle transitions in the main lake smallmouth areas to catch untapped, quality smallmouth bass. Using his electronics, finding small gravel patches, rock veins and clean sand was Kent’s main focus during the official practice period.

Kent had a day 1 weight of 12.7lbs (full tournament limit of 5 smallmouth bass) leaving him in 16th place. With the clear skies on day one, Kent found all of his bass up shallow on the high spots of the flats and humps.

On Day 2, Mittelstaedt only had around 11lbs with 1.5hrs remaining in the 8hr tournament. He figured most of the bass that had pulled up shallow, slid off the high spots because of the hazy conditions on day 2 and he knew he needed to make an adjustment. Around 1:30pm, he had a fish that would have helped immensely come off right at the net, but he was able to recover from the heartbreak and learn from that fish.

He then ran to some new water -that looked similar to the area where he lost the fish- and made 3 huge upgrades in the last hour of the tournament.  Kent jumped to the top of the leaderboard after his day 2 weight of 17.45lbs (3 smallmouth and 2 largemouth bass) for a total of 30.15. 

With the win, he 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.

Kent fished main lake sand and gravel flats from 6 to 16ft with a soft plastic tube style bait to accumulate his creel. He attributes hard work, believing in his abilities and a positive attitude as the keys to his success. 

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