La Crosse bass pro Monsoor in 5th place after Day 1

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – La Crosse bass professional Tom Monsoor was in a jovial mood after Thursday’s Day 1 of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Fuel Me qualifier on Lake Guntersville, AL.
Why not? He is in fifth place heading into Friday’s second round on Lake Guntersville and the Tennessee River.
While Monsoor focused on the Tennessee River during two  practice days, he found treasure on Lake Guntersville on Thursday.
Rather than fishing his pre-tournament spots, Monsoor switched to Lake Guntersville, which is no more than the opposite side of the waterway.
“Lake Guntersville and the Tennessee River are just like fishing the Mississippi with right down the middle - Minnesota and Wisconsin,” he said from his hotel room early Thursday evening. “One side is in Tennessee and the other in Alabama.”
Spencer Shuffield of Hot Springs, AK, sits atop the standings with a 5-fish limit tipping the scale at 25 pounds, 6 ounces.
Monsoor also caught his limit, but his bag totaled 21-06.
“I caught fish. Unbelievable. They bit today,” he said. “My first spot I did pretty good. I stayed on that side of the river and caught three, 5-pounders, all largemouth.”
Monsoor said he caught his first limit on a Senko, switched to his patented black and blue swim jig and caught two of the three 5-pounders.
The weather was gorgeous, according to the lifetime La Crosse resident, with 83-degree temperatures and sunny skies.
Monsoor believes it will take at least 15 pounds to make the top 50 semifinals and a guaranteed paycheck. However, he isn’t looking any farther than Friday’s second round.
“I’m Just going fishing and try to catch 15 pounds, or whatever I can. Hopefully, I get a big bite,” he said. “It all sounds easy, but you just don’t know what these fish will do. They can humble you real quick.”
Monsoor is currently in 83rd place in the 2022 standings with 375 points after the first three events this year. He has collected $15,000 so far this season to boost his career earnings to more than $1.16 million.
In its 27th season, the Pro Circuit features a roster of 158 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals – including 16 pros from Tennessee – competing across six regular-season events, each with a top award of up to $135,000. The field is also competing for valuable points to qualify for the 2022 Tackle Warehouse TITLE Presented by Mercury, the Pro Circuit Championship – held this year on the St. Lawrence River in Massena, NY – and the coveted Pro Circuit Angler of the Year (AOY) title.
In Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit competition, the full field of 158 anglers competes in the two-day opening round on Thursday and Friday. The Top 50 pros based on their two-day cumulative weight advance to Saturday. Only the Top 10 pros, based on cumulative weight from the first three days, continue competition on Championship Sunday, where weights are zeroed and anglers compete in a one-day shootout for the grand prize of up to $135,000, including the lucrative $35,000 Phoenix MLF Bonus for qualified anglers.