Lena team captures Badwater Bass title

Winners of the 2020 Badwater Bass Tourney were Aric Fick, left, and Eric Zoromski of Lena, Wis. They earned a cash prize of $1,687.50, along with a Hummingbird Helix 5 fish finder for catching the largest fish.

SPREAD EAGLE, Wis. — Team “Aric & Eric” of Lena, Wis., won first place at the Badwater Bass Tourney on the Menominee River’s Twin Falls Flowage.

Aric Fick and Eric Zoromski registered six bass weighing a total of 18.95 pounds. They received a cash prize of $1,687.50.

They also caught the largest single bass, a largemouth weighing 3.9 pounds and measuring 19.4 inches, winning a Hummingbird Helix 5 fish finder donated by event sponsor Nine Lakes Sport & Marine.

The top seven teams received cash prizes totaling $3,563. The eighth through 10th place teams received prizes from these Florence businesses: El Capitan Supper Club, Whisler Outdoors, Tavern on Central, Saloon No. 2 and Pat’s Foods.

The July 11 tourney was full with 50 registered teams, including 19 from the local area and 31 from across Wisconsin and northern Michigan.

Event organizers and volunteers included Pat Smith, Rudy Vassar, Tommy Podnar, Devin Dumke, Lisa Smith, Kyle Smith, Lori Moore and Wendy Gehlhoff.

The next tourney will be July 10, 2021.

Top 10 finishers, and total fish weight, were:

First: Aric Fick, Eric Zoromski (18.95), Lena, Wis.

Second: Josh Nerat, Adam Cherry (15.6), Marinette, Wis.

Third: Brian Schultz, Duane Halvas (15.45), Marquette.

Fourth: Alan Baxter, Tony Marcasen (15.4), Marinette, Wis.

Fifth: Greg & Rachel Werner (14.2), Niagara, Wis.

Sixth: Scott & Virginia Essermann (12.45), Townsend, Wis.

Seventh: Eric Eichman, Tyler Hermes (10.3), Green Bay, Wis.

Eighth: Rodney DeClark, John Trulock (9.15), Niagara, Wis.

Ninth: Dan Biernasz, Russ Marton (8.95), Iron Mountain.

Tenth, tie: Chris Krummel, Pete Endries (8), Manitowoc; and George Freeman, Hunter Fortner (8), Iron Mountain.


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