Krieg, Forssell claim Crowder tournament

They catch five bass weighing 32 pounds, 13 ounces to claim $10,000 first prize

January 31, 2014|By Steve Waters, Sun Sentinel

WESTON — When Hank Krieg learned that his longtime bass tournament partner Skip Reed was going to fish Channing Crowder’s Bass Fishing Tournament on Friday with Val Osinski of Gambler Lures, Krieg’s first phone call was to Steven Forssell.

That call turned out to be worth $10,000.

It happened that Forssell’s longtime tournament partner Rodd Sayler had to work Friday. So Forssell told Krieg he’d be happy to fish with him in the inaugural event out of Everglades Holiday Park, which benefited the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County.

The two men, who have won numerous tournaments with their regular partners, ended up winning the biggest bass tournament ever held in the Everglades.

They brought five bass weighing 32 pounds, 13 ounces to the FLW Tour scales at Ron Bergeron’s ranch, which is just up the road from Holiday Park.

First place paid an unprecedented $10,000. The duo also had the big bass of the tournament at 8-1.

“I let my partner get away for one tournament and it cost me,” said Reed, who finished in 10th place with Osinski at 20-12.

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