Nate Dirks of Minot and Marty Mantz of Center each captured first-place finishes recently on the Badlands Bass Bandits tourney trail. Both fishermen closed the gap on season points leader Matt Sullivan of Bismarck.
Dirks won the Lake Audubon tourney with three fish limit of smallmouth bass weighing in at 7.8 pounds, including the 3.06-pounder that was the big fish of the day. Mantz won the North Lake Audubon event the following day with three smallmouth that tipped the scales at 8.48 pounds, including a 3-pounder. Chase Fernandez of Bismarck was the runner-up on Day 1 to stay well within range of the season points crown. Sullivan did not fish either event and his lead dwindled to a mere four points over Mantz and Fernandez.
There are 12 competitive events on the Bass Bandits 2013 schedule. Anglers are allowed to throw out their two lowest scores of the season. The next event will be held Sept. 7-8 at Nelson Lake. On Sept. 7, for the first time in club history, the Bass Bandits will engage in an evening tournament. The Sept. 8 event will be their usual 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. format.
The season ending Classic Championship is scheduled for two locations on Lake Sakakawea, Sept. 28 out of Beulah Bay and Sept. 29 out of Lake Sakakawea State Park.
Badlands Bass Bandits
1-Matt Sullivan, Bismarck, 69 pts.
2-Chase Fernandez, Bismarck, 65 pts.
3-Marty Mantz, Center, 65 pts.
4-Nate Dirks, Minot, 55 pts.
5-Jeanette Reinbold, Lemmon, S.D., 45 pts.
6-Cody Arth, Bismarck, 43 pts.
Paul Reinbold, Dickinson, 43 pts.
Robert Reinbold, Lemmon, S.D., 43 pts.
9-Steve Basinger, Minot AFB, 42 pts.
10-Eric Vossler, Bismarck, 41 pts.