2019 Minnesota Made - Event 4 - Big Marine
LOTS OF SNOW!
That was the theme of the day for our last event. Not only was travel difficult without a snowmobile, but even hole hopping was testing each angler today. With calf high snow, walking from hole to hole was not an easy task. No matter what, the guys got a good workout in.
The crappies, including the big kickers that used to be a staple at Big Marine were less abundant and tough to find. The gills were plentiful and were above average for a metro lake.
Having knowledge of this lake and how it works is a huge bonus because of how difficult it can be. And that's exactly why Neil and Chris were able to put together a winning bag. You see, Big Marine is the lake where Neil's fishing story starts.
"Winning at Big Marine Lake means a lot to me, it is where my passion and obsession with ice fishing began. This is the lake where I truly learned how to understand the importance of breaking down lake structure and what makes fish “tick” if you will" - Neil Horan
Neil Horan and Chris Schroeder put together a "goofy" full limit bag of 7 crappies and 8 gills with a total weight of 7.88 pounds to bring home their 1st Minnesota Made Plaque.
Their win caps off a season where 4 different teams took home the plaque, which shows the diversity and skill level of the league.
"Fishing this league has been a great experience, each year I have learned so much from all of the guys. The best part is I have gone from hoping to catch fish every time I go out on the ice, to understanding why and how I caught fish. This all is because of the Minnesota Made League and its members. I am already thinking about next year!" - Neil
Congrats to Neil Horan and Chris Schroeder!!!
Big Marine - Event 4 - TOP 10:
1. Neil and Chris / 7.88
2. Jacob and Nate / 7.13
3. Gary and Travis / 7.11
4. Jack and Jeremy / 7.07
5. Dan and Scott / 6.75
5. Al and Mario / 6.75
7. Paul and Evan / 5.87
8. Bob and Dave / 5.75
9. Kyle and Tony / 5.65
10. Dylan and Justin / 5.53
Big Crappie: Dale and Joel - 0.92
Big Gill: Bob and Dave - 0.65
Next Up: Team of the Year Blog, Kenders Sportsman of the Year Blog, and some League Member Insight