Bell, Akre Win Nokomis Bass Tourney

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Sixteen young anglers hauled in almost 65 pounds of fish in the inaugural Nokomis Bass Fishing Tournament on Sunday, April 26.

“I was looking for a good way to have a fun activity while social distancing,” tournament organizer Kamden Ransdell said of the eight team invitational tournament.

The tournament was held at four different ponds, with teams switching ponds every two hours. Each two-man team had a five-bass limit, with the grand total at weigh-in determining the winner. Pond priority was given to the team whose logo had the most likes on the tournament Instagram page.

That honor went to the team of Derick Bell and Austin Akre, who went on to win the event with a total catch of 14.6 pounds. The largest fish Bell and Akre, who won by 1.2 pounds over Nick Mascher and Connor Engelman, weighed in was a 4.3 pounder.

Mascher and Engelman would be one of three squads registering double-digit weigh-ins as they weighed in 13.4 pounds, with their biggest catch weighing 3.6 pounds. Ransdell and teammate Ryan Archibald weighed in 12.6 pounds and had the biggest single fish of the day at 4.6 pounds.

Logan Ernst and Andrew Herpstreith would finish fourth overall with a 7.8 pound weigh-in and a 2.2 pound big bass. The team of Ben Marley and Zeke Cassidy and the team of Drew Watson and Cody Knodle each caught 5.8 pounds to tie for fifth, with Watson and Knodle weighing in a big bass of 1.5 pounds and Marley and Cassidy weighing in a 1.3 pounder.

The team of Mason Fesser and Lucas Brookshire and the team of Chris McQuire and Dalton Goldsmith tied for seventh with a 2.4 pound weigh-in. McQuire and Goldsmith’s total came from one fish, while Fesser and Brookshire had a big bass of 1.4 pounds.

A trophy and cash prize were awarded to the winning team, with the big bass winner also taking home a cash prize.

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