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Andersen brothers see passion for fishing Alexandria waters as kids pay off together on the National Walleye Tour

Kent and Adam Andersen are brothers who got their start in fishing by hauling around their small boat to west-central Minnesota lakes in the back of their station wagon. That early passion has turned into an opportunity where they both now are fishing as pros on the Cabela's/Bass Pro Shop National Walleye Tour.

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Alexandria native Kent Andersen holds up two of his biggest walleyes from day two of the National Walleye Tour's championship tournament on Otter Tail Lake near Ottertail, Minnesota on Sept. 23, 2021. Andersen finished fourth in that championship tournament last week. (Eric Morken / Forum News Service)

Adam and Kent Andersen are like most of the other professional anglers on the Cabela’s National Walleye Tour in that they run some of the best equipment out there, but that certainly was not always the case.

The Andersen brothers grew up fishing Lake Burgen near Alexandria. Once they could drive, they got creative to jump around to other lakes within the area.

“We started out with a tiny stainless steel boat that we hauled around in a station wagon,” Adam said. “Running around Alexandria. Now here we are running around in these expensive boats and having fun.”

The Andersen brothers were born in Alexandria and grew up there until moving to Amery, Wisconsin in 1995 as high school students. Kent was a sophomore, and Adam was a senior. Both still live in Wisconsin.

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Adam Andersen talks about his second day of the National Walleye Tour's championship tournament on Sept. 23, 2021. Adam finished that championship in 27th place out of the 40 anglers who earned their way there through the regular-season point standings at four tour stops. (Eric Morken / Alexandria Echo Press)

Adam owns Lake Country Builders, a construction company based out of Amery. Kent works for Warrior Boats, so his involvement as a professional angler on the National Walleye Tour is a natural fit. He has fished on the NWT every year since 2013.

Kent wrapped up a fourth-place finish at the tour’s championship event on Otter Tail Lake in west-central Minnesota. He has established himself as a competitive pro on this tour after making the final day of the championship three seasons now.

Kent was one of the 10 anglers who qualified for day three of the championship last week as he caught a three-day total weight of 43.63 pounds and earned an $11,200 check.

“This time of year, I really like rigging chubs,” Kent said of his strategy on Otter Tail during the championship after the second day. “That’s what I’ve been doing. I’ve had my co-angler casting jigs up on the shallows, and I’ve been staying more off the edges. Today my co-angler got to whack a few decent fish casting a jig. The rest of our fish the last two days have come rigging chubs. It’s just something I enjoy doing this time of year.”

Adam finished the championship in 27th place and said he could not get on the right bite during his two days of fishing. This was Adam’s third season fishing professionally on this tour. Their dad, Dave, also fished professionally for many years, so this lifestyle is very much in their blood.

“It’s been fun. I enjoy it,” Adam said of his time on the tour. “I like competition. That’s half the draw, and you get to go fishing. That’s even better.”

The brothers had a memorable finish at the NWT stop in Mobridge, South Dakota in late July when Kent won the tournament, and Adam finished second. Kent took home a prize package worth nearly $80,000 for that win that included a new boat and motor. Adam’s second-place finish won him more than $17,000.

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Hauling that boat around in the back of their station wagon proved to be worth it in the long haul for the brothers.

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Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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