Benson wins Mississippi River

FLW Bass Fishing League

Jeff Benson of Holmen, Wis., caught 10-bass weighing 32 pounds, 6 ounces Aug. 28-29 to win $5,817 in the BFL Great Lakes Division tournament on the Mississippi River. On a hot weekend Benson won the Boater division while his father Charlie took home the co-angler title. After they both finished in seventh place on day one the father son team fished together on Sunday; they were in Pool 8 using a chartreuse swimming jig with a white trailer in 7 feet of water to earn their victories.

The remaining top 10 anglers:

2nd: Bill Frisk, Holmen, Wis., 10 bass, 30-8, $2,909
3rd: Nathan Huss, Elkhart Lake, Wis., 10 bass, 30-3, $1,939
4th: Mike Feldermann, Galena, Ill., 10 bass, 29-9, $1,357
5th: Tom Welch, Fall River, Wis., 10 bass, 29-6, $1,163
6th: Caleb Kuphall, Mukwonago, Wis., 10 bass, 28-15, $1,066
7th: Ben Potaracke, La Crosse, Wis., 10 bass, 28-13, $970
8th: Chris Maland, Ankeny, Iowa, 10 bass, 28-9, $873
9th: Dan Ehmen, Rockford, Ill., 10 bass, 28-1, $776
10th: Jeff Ritter, Prairie du Chien, Wis., 10 bass, 27-13, $679

Charlie Benson of Holmen, Wis., caught 10 bass weighing 27 pounds, 6 ounces Aug. 28-29 to win $2,909 in the Co-angler Division.

The remaining top 10 co-anglers:

2nd: Stephen Mui, Bartlett, Ill., 10 bass, 26-11, $1,454
3rd: Jason Swanson, Cedar Fall, Iowa, 10 bass, 24-13, $970
4th: KC Schaible, Machesney Park, Ill., 10 bass, 24-2, $679
5th: Michael Parve, West Bend, Wis., nine bass, 24-1, $582
6th: Mike McKnight, Johnston, Iowa, 10 bass, 23-13, $533
7th: William Hudzinski, West Allis, Wis., 10 bass, 23-4, $485
8th: David Halverson, Necedah, Wis., 10 bass, 22-11, $436
9th: Dave Aldrich, Mukwonago, Wis., 10 bass, 22-8, $388
10th: Kenny Bowen, Red Wing, Minn., eight bass, 22-6, $339

The top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers based on point standings have now qualified for the Oct. 21-23 Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake in Gilbertsville, Ky. Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger 198VX with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Yamaha outboard and a Chevy pick-up, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger 198VX. Click here for a complete list of standings in the Great Lakes Division.

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