Qualifier #1 @ Okoboji Lake

With the first qualifier for a set Semi-final spots the anglers were ready for what could be either a good or bad day of fishing. With lake conditions of water temps anywhere from 62 to 68 degrees and fish from pre-spawn to post-spawn depending on which lake you fished, it was going to be a “hit or miss” proposition for all. And to add to the spottiness of the fishes moods the winds increased to 20+ mph which made more than half of the West Okoboji (the big lake) virtually unfishable but like always someone always seems to figure out the puzzle.

With local knowledge and a desire to make a statement Jerry Pape set a pace that was too much for anyone else to match. With a winning 5 fish bag of 22.15 lbs. Jerry set the tone of seeing what the lakes were capable of producing. On the non-boater side Doug Paterson won with 13.87 lbs.

Congrats to Jerry and Doug.

The following tournament results are as follows for Qualifier #1.

Top Finishers:

Boaters Division                                                                           Semi-final Qualifiers

Jerry Pape                          22.15                              Jerry Pape                          B

Mike McKnight                 21.20                                 Mike McKnight                 B

Tony Taylor                       17.73                                 Tony Taylor                       B

Jerry Avis                            17.64                                                                                              

Mark Borchers                  17.03                               Doug Patterson                 NB

                                                                                 Jacob Her                           NB

Non-Boaters Division                                               Russ Seaman                     NB

Doug Patterson                 13.87                                  

Jacob Her                           10.83                                  

Russ Seaman                     7.70                                    

BB Terry Svendsen                 5.27

Ranger Cup Jerry Avis

Membership News for 2019

From your NE TBF President:

Members –

I have great news to report as 2019 looks to be an event filled year with 3 different tournaments to fish to qualify for the 2019 District 08 Semi-finals to be held at Big Stone Lake located on the South Dakota /Minnesota border in September.

New for this year the normal 2-day State Tournament is changing to two 1-day qualifiers and also adding a third qualifier at Lake McConaughy. This should be an unique change that should add something for everyone’s fun.

Additionally there are also the Open Team and Cystic Fibrosis tournaments at Mozingo as normal.

Check out the tournament page for more information and see you at the tournaments.

Pat Klausen

Kent Priel and Chris Swift Conquer Sakakawea, Advance to the 2019 TBF National Championship

September 9, 2018

TBF District 8 National Semi-final Report

The Nebraska TBF would like to extend congratulations to Kent Priel for winning the 2018 District 8 National Semi-final tournament and also to Chris Swift for qualifying as the Nebraska non-boater at Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota. Both anglers will move on to the TBF Nationals in 2019 to a lake that will be announced later this year.

According to Kent he had about the worst practice period as you can imagine with only getting just a couple of hours in on the first day of practice before his outboard breaking down. Kent spent the majority of day 1 practice driving to a boat dealer very near Canada to get it looked at. After finding an issue he again was ready to try on day 2 but it was no better. Another dealer isolated the problem to a bad injector which was sent by overnight freight so that it would be ready for the tournaments’ first day on Saturday.

Saturday was cancelled due to high winds forecasted so it all came down to one day for the tournament.

Kent took a leap of faith and went to an area that a couple of friends from western Nebraska told him about where they had caught some smallmouth bass while fishing for walleye a couple of weeks earlier. Kent ran over 40 miles to get there to find the fish ready to eat. He developed a strong pattern using largemouth methods of flipping trees with a tube using 20lb line. It did not take long to get his limit and then started heading back since the wind was getting stronger. It took an hour and a quarter to travel back to weigh-in but got back safe and sound to win the boater side of the tournament.

Mike Iaconelli said it best “NEVER GIVE UP!”



Minn Kota® Debuts New Portable Digital Battery Chargers at ICAST

Minn Kota launches the only shallow-water anchor that gives anglers control from anywhere in the boat, plus unlocks more water for precise, anchored fishing with a new 15-foot version.

mk_CMYK_logoRacine, Wisconsin (8/4/2017) Using a Minn Kota® Talon® for precise boat control has never been easier. In fact, there are now five ways for anglers to activate the Talon from anywhere in the boat. The newest way utilizes Bluetooth® communication to pair the Talon with Humminbird® units on the boat for total boat control on one console (including the ability to pair Humminbird units with select Minn Kota trolling motors). Anglers can also engage the anchor using a foot switch, with a wireless remote (every Talon comes standard with two), via the new Talon smartphone app, and with the Talon’s built-in control panel.

According to Minn Kota Brand Manager Brad Henry, “When it’s time to Talon down we give anglers options so they can lock on a spot no matter where they are in the boat or their style of fishing.”

Another major advancement is the introduction of Minn Kota’s new 15-foot Talon, the deepest shallow-water anchor ever made. It allows anglers to lock down on more spots to effectively unlock more water.

Hall of Fame angler Al Lindner explains how Talon’s depth delivers results for his multi-species pursuits. “I use it for catfish in rivers, for crappies in the spring, naturally for bass, and in more cases than I ever thought – for walleyes. Yeah, you heard me right, walleyes.”

Also new for 2017 is a clever work light built into the Talon top cap. When fishing in dark conditions, the work light illuminates the entire back deck of the boat to help anglers when rigging and landing fish at night. It has three brightness settings and white or blue LED light options for ideal illumination.

Talon allows anglers to anchor in any condition with three user-selectable anchoring modes – another exclusive feature. The AUTO-DRIVE MODE powers the spike into the bottom with three increasingly aggressive hits. A SOFT BOTTOM MODE is ideal for less aggressive anchoring and easier retraction in muddy or silted bottom. When the wind is blowing, the ROUGH WATER MODE performs three consecutive auto-drive sequences at 10-second intervals for a secure hold when the boat rises and falls in waves.

Talon’s electro-mechanical design keeps the motor above the waterline for silent stealth below the surface. Talon also deploys vertically and out of the way, helping eliminate unwanted tangles when fighting boat-side fish. Also, anglers can add the tilt bracket accessory for easy tilt function for passing under low-hanging obstacles.

In addition to the new 15-footer, Talons are also available in 8-, 10- and 12-foot models. They all feature Bluetooth technology with a variety of color combinations including red/black, blue/black, silver/black, silver/white, all black and all white. The new Talons will be available in October 2017 and will retail for $1,899.99 (8-foot), $1,999.99 (10-foot), 2,099.99 (12-foot) and $2,499.99 (15-foot).

For more information visit MinnKotaMotors.com/NewTalon.

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