For the second consecutive day, every angler in the TBF Northwest Division championship presented by Berkley in Trout Creek, Montana weighed in at least one or more fish. All 54 anglers have now weighed fish each of the first two days of the three day event. Day 1 had 47 limits weighed in and Day 2 had 48 limits weighed in out of 54 anglers. This sets up the final day to be a shootout as several anglers in each state still have a legitimate shot at making the top 2 anglers in each of their respective states. When the weigh in concludes on Friday, the top two anglers from Washington, Montana, Idaho, Oregon & Wyoming will advance to the TBF Federation National Championship in the Spring of 2016.
As for the overall bragging rights, from this event, Aaron Echternkamp, from Moses Lake, WA stands atop the leader board with a two day weight of 33.11 pounds. Aaron weighed 12.12 on Day 1 and then wowed the crowd with a monster sack of 20.15 pounds today, which was by far the heaviest bag of the two days so far. No one is really talking about how they are catching their fish, since the weights are so close together. Most of the locals are speculating that many of the anglers are still bed fishing in the mornings and then if they don’t have a limit by mid-day, then they are moving on to other patterns. Just behind Aaron, in second place, is Nicholas Fitzsimmons, of Lyle, WA with 32.03 pounds. Lurking closely in third is Peter Kline, of Tulalip, WA with 31.12 pounds. Rounding out the top five are Bryson Mort of Post Falls, ID with 29.02 pounds and Tony Lofranco of Bothell, WA with 29.01 pounds.
The Biggest Bass of the day came from Dillon Thomas from Green River, WY. Dillon only brought one fish to the scales, but it weighed an impressive 6.07 pounds. Dillon will receive $270 for his big bass on Day 2. Congratulations DIllon!
As for each states top two anglers, here is how they stand with one day of fishing left.
Aaaron Echternkamp 33.11
Peter Kline 31.12
Sitting in third is Tony Lofranco with 29.01
Randy Gust 28.03
Danny Stamper 28.01
Sitting in third is Stan Fisher with 27.02
Bryson Mort 29.02
Jason Hickey 26.04
Sitting in third is David Ashton with 26.00
Nicholas Fitzsimmons 32.03
Brian Sanders 27.12
Sitting in third is Thomas Hartshorn with 25.07
Zach Lugibihl 25.11
Lee Thomas 23.04
Sitting in third is Kasey Thomas with 22.01
Tomorrow is shaping up to be a good one. Many anglers in each state still have a really good chance at moving up and acquiring one of those two coveted state spots, for the Federation National Championship. Weigh in starts at 3:00 pm Mountain Time and results, along with all the winners photos will be posted immediately following the weigh in at Trout Creek, Montana.
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