Basin ‘In The Boot Fall Brawl was a hit for the event organizers. The fishing tournament was held at local lakes in Miss-Lou with anglers vying for the top prize.
“About 6 months ago, I had the idea of hosting a tournament like no other I had seen,” said Charles Anderson, event organizer. “I wanted to do a bracket-style, head-to-head, tag-team tournament culminating in a knockout bass fishing weekend. This is exactly what we did on October 1 and 2 and were anything but disappointed. ”
The weather got colder and what a difference three weeks made because the Basin ‘in the Boot Fall Brawl Qualifier was held at the marina on Black River Lake, fished extremely hard on this hot summer day and resulted in a 6.21# bag low line.
It was anything but chilly on September 10 as fishermen faced the heat after overcast skies cleared.
Jamie Smith and Buck Quin had that 6.21# sack and barely made the 16-team cut, however, they managed to cash in their ticket to the final day in bracket play.
Our ten pound bags were no stranger to our fishing fans Stephen Mitchell and Jason LeBrun, 10.2# and John Bruce and Danny Smith weighing in at 10.51 pounds to secure their way to bracket play.
Weights jumped for our top five qualifiers and young guns Dalton Slade and Jake DeWeese presented 14.15# to the weigh master while the veteran team of Randy Miller and Shane Smith showed up with 14.67#, a solid bag for this day of fishing.
The top three bags of 15.45#, 16.53#, and 17.02# were brought in by sturdy poles who are no strangers to fishing in tough conditions.
The number five duo of the father son variety team, Robbie and Trey Buckles, finished third while close friends Kyle Ensminger and Seth Swilley completed the second hole.
Top dogs in qualifying were JT Switzer and Mac McDaniels cementing their right to angle bracket style.
Magnolia Bluffs Casino took care of their meal and organized our pre-tournament meeting. At the meeting, the organizers went over the tournament rules and expectations and learned with great excitement where we were going to fish and against whom.
Black River Lake was chosen even though only 3 out of 14 votes weren’t Bruin for Saturday.
Lake Bruin easily won Sunday’s lake draft, although a few teams tried to throw a curveball by throwing a vote for Concordia and St. John.
The first round ended at 9:30 a.m. and the bracket shakedown quickly became a reality.
The first-round winners were Tony and Joe, JT and Mac, Trey and Robbie, Shane and Randy, Stephen and Jason, John and Danny, Jamie and Buck, and Tom and Wyatt.
The bracket had taken its first casualties and those eight teams were a loser after exiting the second round.
The second round pitted Tony and Joe against JT and Mac, Trey and Robbie opposite Shane and Randy, Stephen and Jason stacked against John and Danny with Jamie and Buck against Tom and Wyatt to complete the winner’s picture.
Head to head in the losing group, Ray and Morgan faced Corey and Jr., George and Steve faced Seth and Kyle, Aaron and Bud faced Dalton and Jake while Carl and Garrett faced Don and Andy.
The pressure started to mount as the teams started in reverse order for the second round.
The conclusion of the second round sent 4 teams home.
At the top of the chart, Tony and Joe outlasted JT and Mac (stay tuned for more on this rivalry) with 8.72# to 6.77#, Trey and Robbie were beaten by Randy and Shane 9 .37# to 5.18#, John and Danny posted a 7.95# as Stephen and Jason zeroed, while Jamie and Buck edged out Tom and Wyatt, 2.80# to 2.11 # sending them to the losing group.
Tony and Joe beat Shane and Randy, 5.70# to 4.73# and John and Danny who sent Jamie and Buck into the losing group when their 7.643 sack was enough against the opposing zero.
In the losing pool, heavy hitters Stephen and Jason posted a 1.83# to knock Kyle and Seth’s 1.16# out of the tournament. Tom and Wyatt zeroed as Corey and Jr continued with a 3.28# sack. Trey and Robbie got another fishing spell as their 4.94# beat Aaron and Bud’s 4.09# sack. Finally, JT and Mac held on as their collection of 6.71# green fish dispatched Don and Andy’s 3.66# bag.
This support point brought us our first passes as Randy and Shane, along with Jamie and Buck, sat idle while the rest of the support fished.
On top of the bottom bracket, Corey and Jr. only had a 3.96# bag that just couldn’t hold Stephen and Jason’s 9.38# bag.
This weigh-in took us to the final matches of the day, where Jamie and Buck took on Stephen and Jason while Shane and Randy fought JT and Mac. JT and Mac would survive to fish on Sunday.
At the top of the losers bracket, Jamie and Buck found 5.55# little green fish to secure their Sunday Funday by sending Stephen and Jason home. Stephen and Jason were only able to find a 0.72# fish after weighing an impressive 9.38# the previous period.
Lake Bruin hosted the Bassin’ in the Boot Fall Brawl with a crisp clear morning and our four teams were eager to get in the water.
Team Tony and Joe had survived three rounds of fishing on Saturday, bringing a total of 20.27 # on the scale in three rounds. This included the big tournament fish at 5.47# caught by Tony.
Team Danny and John made the cut to fish on Championship Sunday bringing a total weight of 29.32# to the table. The pair’s weight was solidified by John catching the 5.40# in the first period.
Taking the harder route, the teams coming out from the bottom of the table, Jamie and Buck, as well as JT and Mac. Jamie and Buck hit a total weight of 18.83# in four runs on Saturday.
JT and Mac, perhaps the tournament’s most impressive team in terms of effort, managed to drop a total of 31.75 pounds off the table in five rounds Saturday at Black River Lake.
Launched from Lake Bruin State Park, the first matches consisted of Tony and Joe versus John and Danny and JT and Mac’s scheduled loser bracket semifinal match against Buck and Jamie.
With only three teams remaining, Team Dano and JB had to sit and wait for the Losers Pool Championship to be fought between Mac and JT against Tony and Joe.
Tony and Joe had a rough morning and their problems would continue as JT and Mac were able to bring a solid 9.35# on the scale to make sure the 4.05lbs wasn’t enough. Tony and Joe had to say goodbye and the $600 parting gift made it a little less bitter.
JT and Mac fought for five rounds on Saturday and already sent two teams packing at the start of round three.
Would John and Danny be the third team they sent home?
That’s certainly what came to light after the championship round ended as JT and Mac brought 10.66# to the table, catching the attention of John and Danny who only managed a sack of 8 .68#.
Team Smith and Bruce’s first loss forced a Sudden Death winner to win the entire match.
JT and Mac had been fishing all day, increasing in weight with each pass on the scale. Having already posted a 9.03#, 9.35# and a 10.66#, they continued to up their fish quality by pushing the scales to 11.09# for the final weigh-in. What an impressive tournament they had.
Tournament team iron men Switzer and McDaniels weighed a five-fish limit in each of nine games totaling 71.88 pounds.
The DD (Dynami Duo) team of Danny and John 13.19#bag would win the first Pool’ in the Boot Fall Brawl by eliminating the contenders. John and Dano managed to average 10.22# per weigh-in for six games.
JT and Mac wouldn’t leave empty-handed, but this could very well be the hardest-earned $1,000 of a lifetime bass fishing.
John and Danny would secure them a $2,200 salary for their efforts and be crowned Bassin’ in the Boot Fall Brawl Champions.
Next year we hope to increase the purse to over twenty thousand, with first place paying up to $10,000, as plans are underway for next year’s tournament.
The first qualifier will take place on none other than Lake Bruin scheduled for January 18, 2023 at the state park.
“Special thanks to all of our sponsors, Bryan’s Marine, Roger’s Auto Supply, Davis Insurance and Goldman Marine,” Anderson said. “If you or your business would like to be a part of this awesome event, get in touch with the guys at Bassin’ in the Boot and join our awesome team of partners. Come join the fun and see if you can fight through the bracket and take down the champions! ”
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