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First stop of Silverado Bass Tour another success; 424 fish caught

SPICER -- John Patock of Sacred Heart took second in his first tournament on the Silverado Pro-Am Bass Tour June 7 at Green Lake in Spicer.

Patock, a seven-year pro, along with amateur partner Jeffrey Johnson, brought in the maximum six bass weighing a total of 20.65 pounds to finish behind Tom Braaten and Eric Camarote, who had 22.14 pounds.

"The bigger fish weren't coming on the flats. The males were on top, but they weren't big enough," said Patock, who also won the Lake Ida Big Bass tournament June 1. "I went for the prespawn fish. It was good to be able to compete against those big boys."

Jim Lokken, an amateur angler from Glenwood, and his pro partner, Michael Frisch, finished 19th in a field of 59 boats with 17.85 pounds.

Great weather brought out another big crowd for the afternoon weigh-in at Melvin's on the Lake, the tournament headquarters.

"Once again Green Lake has proven to be a "world class" smallmouth fishery with some very nice largemouth showing up at the scales also," wrote tour director Billy Hildebrand in an email to the Tribune Wednesday. "As I looked out from a KFAN live radio broadcast at a rising sun over the dark blue waters with snow white rooster tails heading in search of the first fish I could recall the excitement at the beginning of a tournament day. As the Director I've no time to fish before the tournament but I'm not alone in looking forward to a return personal visit ASAP. These smallmouth bass are the most fun fish to catch and this lake provides opportunities to catch and enjoy them with few others able to equal her as a fishery anywhere in the U.S. Green Lake should be experienced by any angler of any age excited about having their "string really stretched!" The Tour will return again in 2009! It's a perfect way to kick off the Tour."

The next stop on the Silverado Tour will be Lake Minnewaska in Starbuck on July 12.