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The Colonel Prevails in Battle of Heavyweights
08/10/2014 - AFT Division 44
By: Tom Rice

Lake Waconia, a popular bass hotspot once managed as a trophy lake for largemouths, is known for producing high-quality fish for Minnesota anglers. On Sunday August 10, it was the scene of an epic heavyweight battle between some of ABA Minnesota 44's top hooks, and the outcome was close and hotly contested.
Division Director George "The Colonel" Miserendino made a number of trips to the lake "eliminating water", as he put it. His approach was spot-on, as he confidently staked his claim to shallow water early and tried a couple of techniques before settling on a cast, wait and drag presentation to the large reedbeds ringing the shore. That strategy landed George a bragging-sized bag of 18.18 pounds, including a hefty kicker of 5.24 pounds which held up as big bass for the day, if not the season. George rounded out his catch with some nice upgrades on weedlines, throwing a Texas rigged Sweet Beaver that helped increase his total weight for the day nicely and produced a limit averaging nearly 3.5 pounds per fish.
Just under a half pound behind George's monster day was Scott Peterson, who spent his time pitching jigs and plastics on deep weedline edges and dragging them out slowly. Scott finished the event with an impressive weight of 17.52 pounds of frisky bigmouths for the scales.
Jim Hardies continued his solid season with a nice sack totaling 17.18 pounds, which he reported catching on north-end reefs in about 10 feet of water on a jig and trailer. Hardies has collected a check in three of his last four ABA tournaments, and currently sits atop a tight group of talented anglers in the Angler of the Year competition for the division. 
Miserendino also brought in a 5.24 pounder for the tournament big bass
The next Division 44 tournament will take place on Clearwater at BJ Bait Shop on August 24.
For information about this division and future events visit or contact the local director for Minnesota - George Miserendino at 952-210-5563

These anglers earn valuable points toward the divisional angler of the year title. The points champion from each division will compete in the annual American Bass Anglers AFT Angler of The Year Final Round at the AFT Championship. In addition, the top 500 anglers from the various divisions will earn the right to compete in the three-day ABA, AFT National Championship tournament.

The American Fishing Tour offers low cost, close to home bass tournaments that are designed for the weekend angler. All ABA anglers fish for money and points. The points advance the angler to their divisional championship and the top 500 anglers in the US are invited to the American Fishing Tour National Championship for this fall on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, TN.

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