From a National Pro to an Accomplished College Angler, the Champions Tour is Growing

With spring slowly approaching, the Champions Tour roster sheet continues to get filled with anglers that are eyeing up the exciting venues that await them during the 2020 season.

We have some additional new anglers that we want to welcome to the 2020 Champions Tour…

Luke Gillund –

While attending Bemidji State University to receive his degree in Marketing Communication, Gillund was a member of the Beaver’s fishing team for all four years and served as the team’s president during his senior year.  During his four years of angling for the Beaver’s, Luke qualified for four National Championships and locked up three top-ten finishes.

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“With this being my first year back home, not fishing college tournaments, I am really looking forward to fishing the Champions Tour,” said Luke.  “I have never fished in a tournament with this format, but I am excited for this fast-paced style of fishing.”

Chad Grigsby –

Grigsby who lives in Maple Grove with wife Bridget and two daughters, Izzy (12) and Avery (10), has been fishing full-time since 2003 and has competed on both the BASS Elite Series and FLW Tour.  Grigsby is fishing the FLW Tour in 2020 and over his career won two national events and earned over $1.1 million.  “I’m really excited to fish the Champions Tour and this new format,” said Grigsby.  “I have never fished this style of event before; it’s going to be a lot of fun!”

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Pat Schlapper –

Schlapper started fishing tournaments at a very young age and has never lost the drive to continue competing.  After graduating from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2006, Pat began a full-time career at Scheels All Sports and has now managed the fishing department for over thirteen years.

Over the years he has competed in several different tournament circuits with pretty good success. Most recently he won the 2019 BASS Nation Wisconsin State Tournament which qualified him to fish in his third BASS Nation Regional tournament.

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In 2020 Pat decided to pursue his dream of fishing full time and registered to fish all of the Bassmaster Eastern Open tournaments. “In order to do this, I have decided to leave my full-time career to focus on fishing. The Champions Tour fits in my schedule and I am excited to compete against some of the best anglers in the area,” said Pat.  “I fished in the Open on Gull Lake a couple years ago and that is my only experience with this type of format. I really think competing in this style tournament will help me grow as an angler.”