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Boat marshals needed for Classic Bass event on L'Homme Dieu

Boats take off from the docks at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center for the afternoon session of the Classic Bass Champions Tour Championship that was held on the Alexandria Chain of Lakes on Aug. 31, 2018. Classic Bass will hold a tournament in Alexandria again this year when anglers come to Lake L'Homme Dieu on June 14. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)

A bass fishing tournament is coming to Lake L'Homme Dieu on June 14 and tournament organizers are looking for boat marshals to help out.

It's an opportunity that will offer those who participate a chance to learn from some top anglers who compete on the Classic Bass Champions Tour.

The Student Angler Tournament Trail is an organization focused on creating opportunities for high school students when it comes to fishing, and they partner with the Classic Bass Champions Tour to provide the boat marshals.

The Classic Bass Champions Tour is an individual tournament series where every smallmouth or largemouth bass that is caught, which meets the 12-inch minimum length requirement, will count towards the angler's weight/score. The tournament format is catch and release where the bass caught are instantly weighed and released, with the winner being the angler with the highest total weight of all their fish.

Each angler in the tournament is paired with a boat marshal who helps out. Their main role is to make sure the anglers are following the tournament rules, along with photographing and recording fish weights into an app that tracks live scoring. They also keep their pro angler updated on the standings throughout the day.

Organizers for the L'Homme Dieu event are looking for adults and students to serve as boat marshals, and anyone 13-years-old or older can take part.

"Boat marshals do not have to have any fishing knowledge as they are not part of the tournament, but just there to be a judge for the tournament trail," Kolt Ringer of the Student Angling Tournament Trail said. "It would be a great opportunity for anybody who would be interested in learning more about fishing in general. Just by watching the anglers fish, they will pick up some good ideas and learn some good spots on the chain."

There is a morning and afternoon session for anglers and their boat marshals with a lunch in between. That morning session on June 14 runs from 7-11 a.m. before fishing starts again at noon and runs until 4 p.m. An awards ceremony will follow at 4:30. There is a guaranteed first-place prize of $10,000.

Anyone interested in being a boat marshal can sign up at www.mnsatt.org. Once there, click on the "Champions Tour Classic Bass Boat Marshal Sign-up" tab.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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