The 2021 Champions Tour presented by Skeeter Boats will have a full field of anglers and with our returning crop of seasoned Tour veterans we will have a total of eleven anglers fishing the Champions Tour for their first time! Here is a more detailed look at some of the new anglers fishing the 2021 Champions Tour.
Kyle Bahr –
Kyle was born and raised in Brainerd and has been fishing ever since he can remember. With his younger brother, Tyler, they competed as a team for the Brainerd Warriors High School Fishing team. Kyle is now fishing for the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, AL. Kyle and his brother also started their own tackle company in 2018 called Juice Bait Co and their family recently bought Tutt’s Bait and Tackle in Garrison.
“I am really excited to fish the Champions Tour this year because I have been able to be a boat official for some of the tournaments in the past, and wanted to fish this style format,” said Kyle. “I know it’s all a mental game which makes it more of a challenge.”
Brian Bengtson –
Brian, or “Banger,” was introduced to fishing at an early age and got the bug to fish for bass and is thankful for my dad taking the time to teach me and getting me on the water to experience it. Around 16, he began fishing as in Am in Minnesota pro-am events.
” I learned a lot about the Champions Tour format from a few years ago and I look forward to applying the lessons learned,” said Brian. “I’m looking forward to this season very much!
Jeremiah Johnson –
Jeremiah when not guiding on Mille Lacs, is a TV host for Lew’s and Strike King, as well is sales representative for American Bait Works. He has been busy with his guiding business and his son’s sports and had stepped away from the tournament scene, but in 2021 he is back and ready to learn and fish against some of the best in the Midwest!
“I’m excited to fish the Champions Tour in 2021, it’s the best tournament circuit in the Midwest in my opinion and the competition is stacked,” said Jeremiah. “It’s a great format and has incredibly good payouts. Scott and the rest of the team do an excellent job making sure things run smoothly for all the anglers.”
Tommy Parker –
Tommy started bass fishing in middle school and has been hooked ever sense. He has progressed through youth and the high school events and is now jumping up to the Champions Tour for 2021.
“It is going to be cool to fish against some of the anglers that I looked up to as a kid and tried to learn new skills from,” said Tommy.
Justin Vucinovich –
Justin started fishing bass tournaments back when the Gander Mountain Tour was around and his passion for the sport turned into a plastic bait business. This is where the name “Voodoo” which was the name of the bait company began. With three kids in sports Justin took a step away from competing in tournaments, but the sport of bass fishing got a hold of his son, who is now fishing on the Minnetonka High School Fishing Team.
“After two years of high school fishing with my son, the itch is back to fish tournament again,” said Justin. “I am looking forward to fishing the Champions Tour. This style tour will be a different format, along with a different approach to tournament fishing. I am also look forward to seeing some old buddies that I fished against years ago.”