Pettit Wins Audubon In His First ND ABA Tournament
The American Bass Anglers held their third tournament of the season last Saturday at Lake Audubon, one of the best smallmouth lakes in the country. This lake has produced 6+ pound bronze backs, but, on this day, the big ones were hiding.
Newest North Dakota ABA member, Jonas Pettit of Williston did manage to put together a three fish limit of 7.32 pounds to come away with the win and prize money of $264. Jonas moved to Williston a couple of years ago and this was his first bass tournament in North Dakota. Jonas commented, “I’m amazed at the quality of bass in this lake, I had no idea North Dakota had bass of this caliber.” Jonas was no stranger to smallies though he fished them in tournaments in the Northwest region when he lived in western Montana. Jonas lure of choice was a drop shot rig fished on 4 lb. test line. He also used a Texas tube on these post spawn fish.
Finishing second with 6.82 pounds was Cody Arth of Bismarck. In third was Dick Roland of Crosby with 6.69 pounds both using tube jigs. Cory Bosch of Mandan took the big bass money with a 2.92 pound bass.
Cory Bosch and Cody Arth are tied for Angler of the Year with 559 points each followed by Dick Roland with 554 points and Shawn Keena at 551 points.
The next ABA tournament is scheduled for July 12 on Sakakawea out of the Fort Stevenson Sate Park, another great smallmouth lake. For more information on fishing the ABA tournaments call Dick Roland at 701-570-0598 or go on the ABA website, americanbassanglers.com.