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Kinni Bassmasters venture north

The Kinni Bassmasters headed north for a pair of fishing tournaments over the weekend, hitting Lake Owen near Cable on Saturday and Big Sissabagama Lake near Stone Lake Sunday.

Eleven anglers took part in the two tournaments, with Dave Kirsch of Amery taking top honors Saturday and Duane Preszler of River Falls placing first Sunday.

Kirsch weighed in with five bass totaling an estimated 14 pounds, 11 ounces Saturday, but the biggest bass prize went to Jim Everett of Cannon Falls, Minn., who reeled in a 5-pound, 1-ounce lunker that measured 20½ inches long.

Second place Saturday went to Lewi May of River Falls with five fish weighing 14 pounds, 6 ounces, while Preszler was just one ounce behind May in third with five fish weighing 14 pounds, 5 ounces.

The scales were tipped in Preszler's favor Sunday as he edged out Scott Gergen of Hastings by one ounce to take top honors on Big Sissabagana. Preszler caught and released five fish weighing a total of 12 pounds, 11 ounces while Gergen took second with five fish weighing 12 pounds, 10 ounces. Preszler also took home the big bass award with a 3-pound, 8-ounce fish that measured 18 inches long.

Mike Pronce of Woodbury, Minn., was third with five fish that weighed 11 pounds, 11 ounces.

Saturday at Lake Owen the 11 anglers combined to catch and release 49 fish weighing a total of 118 pounds, 8 ounces. Sunday on Big Sissabagama, 47 fish weighing 99 pounds, 14 ounces were caught.

The next tournament in the Kinni Bassmasters series will take place Aug. 27 on Chisago Lake near Lindstrom, Minn.