Friday September 12, 2008 – Clinton Township, Michigan
After three full days of official practice and the first two tournament days with clear skies and Lake St Clair’s expansive waters as flat as a sheet of glass, Mother Nature sent a reminder to the Northern Division Championship anglers today that she was still in full control. Wind and rain greeted the anglers on today’s final day and forced many of them to scramble in order to perform at their maximum.
The “Maximum Performer” proved to be Michigan’s Derek Cummings. Cummings had a taste of the TBF National Championship in 2007 and he was committed and focused on making a return trip in 2009. As the division champion he not only earned a spot in the championship he also earned the CASTROL Maximum Performer $500.00 cash bonus award.
Cummings weighed in 19-00 today, his smallest bag this week, but it was enough to keep him in the top spot in the race for the individual Division Champions title. His overall weight was 63-01 for the event. Finishing in second place was Indiana’s Todd Kuhn. Kuhn, on the other hand weighed in his biggest bag of the week that tipped the scales at 22-15, it propelled him into the second place spot in the individual overall.
The top two anglers from each of the six TBF northern division states qualify for the March 2009 TBF National Championship on Bull Shoals lake Missouri. The top angler will fish the event as the boater and the second place angler as a co-angler.
In the state standings, the Michigan 12-man team put on a clinic by taking the lead on day 1 and never looking back, expanding their lead every day, to finish with 473-07. Indiana, the reigning champions challenged them briefly on day 1 but had to give up the Division Champions Cup Michigan to hold for the year, finishing a distant second with 387-12.
There was also quite a gap between second and third, nearly 100 pounds. As Wisconsin pushed hard but wound up third with 295-14, Ohio finished fourth with 294-01, Illinois settled in at fifth with 283-03 and Minnesota finished sixth with 263 even.
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