La Crosse bass pro Monsoor in hunt for top 10 final

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. – Tom Monsoor, longtime La Crosse bass professional, is in the hunt for the final round of the MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Fuel Me qualifier on Lake Guntersville, AL.
Monsoor (pictured) dropped from fifth place into 22nd place after Friday’s second round, but still reached Saturday’s semifinals and has a good chance to make Sunday’s top 10 final.
Spencer Shuffield of Hot Springs, AK, retains the lead with a second round five-fish limit weighing 18 pounds, 11 ounces for a two-day 44-01 total.
Monsoor also caught his limit on Friday, but it tipped the scale at 13-12 for a respectable 35-02 total. Robert Nakatomi, from Sacramento, CA, stands in 10th place with a 38-09, two-day weight, so Monsoor is certainly within reach of a final top 10 spot.
“I made it. I’m guaranteed at least $10,000, Monsoor said Friday night. “It wasn’t looking good. I lost a couple of fish and  lost one that would have done it.”
Monsoor said he caught his limit within the first two hours, then went to his starting spot on Lake Guntersville. Unfortunately, he had company.
“There were two guys and a kid there. That’s OK. They have as much right to be there as me,” Monsoor said. “They told me, ‘Boy, are they biting today.’ I wasn’t real happy, but what can you do?”
Monsoor said his largest fish on Friday weighed 3 pounds and caught on a Senko jig. Otherwise, he caught all of his other fish on his patented black and blue swim jig.
As for Saturday, Monsoor’s strategy is to “catch fish, just go fishing and see what happens.”
“I’m going to try and get points, too, besides trying some new stuff like a chatterbait.”
Monsoor entered this week’s qualifier 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.