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September 2007

Dave & Todd Saterbak Advance to National Championship Wissota Fishers of Men Midwest Regional
Eau Claire, Wisconsin - September 26, 2007 -

More than 110 teams from Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin arrived in the Chippewa Valley last week. Their final destination was Lake Wissota, more than 7,000 acres, in search of both largemouth and smallmouth bass.  At stake for anglers was a first place prize, a Triton TR186 bass boat powered by a 150 horse power Mercury Optimax ($25,000 dollar prize), and an opportunity to advance to the Fishers of Men National Championship in March of 2008

Before the official practice days, MG Lures pro staffer Dave Saterbak spent two days pre fishing this previously unknown body of water.  Dave said "They were taking jerkbaits and MG Lures Jerk Shads".  However once the official practice days rolled around, that pattern and technique did not hold up.

The previous evening to the start of the tournament brought severe thunderstorms and gusty winds to the Chippewa Valley. Some the wind and rain lingered into tournament day.  Dave caught one keeper on a crankbait in a rapids area of four feet of water and another on a homemade green pumpkinseed/chartreuse jig with a MG Lures Rhino craw under a dock.  Team Saterbak ended day 1 with 5.38 pounds for 36th place.

Day 2 proved to be a tougher bite as sun and clear skies moved in.  A downsized finesse jig was key paired with a MG Lures Rhino Craw for a trailer.  Dave said "day 2 was a lot different than day 1 but the Rhino Craw still worked."  Two smallmouth bass located on rocky ledges could not resist and added to day 1 totals, team Saterbak moved up to 30th overall with 10.49 pounds, but more importantly the #1 finishing adult/junior team. 

As #1 adult/junior team for the Fishers of Men Midwest Regional, team Saterbak now advances to the Fishers of Men National Championship held in March in an undisclosed location.  Again team Saterbak will be trying to win a brand new Triton.
Dave & Todd Saterbak