La Crosse’s Monsoor finishes 22nd in MLF bass qualifier

RICHMOND, Va. – La Crosse’s Tom Monsoor saw his two-day run come to an end Saturday in the MLF Tackle Warehouse Toyota Stop 5 presented by PowerStop Brakes on the James River in Richmond, VA.
The 73-year-old retired commercial angler finished 22nd with a total 40-pound, 15-ounce, three-day catch. Monsoor (pictured) sat in ninth place Thursday with 18-03, then jumped into fifth on Friday with 14-12, but slumped to 8 pounds on Saturday. However, he still collected $10,500.
“Five bites all day, he said about Saturday’s effort, while packing for his return to La Crosse. “I only had two bites in my good place, but I’m tickled pink I got a check. That’s all that matters.”
Moving up from 10th place into first, Nick LeBrun, of Brossier City, LA, put 16-6 on the scale to total 47-11 after three days. With weights zeroed on the final day, LeBrun leads the top 10 out from takeoff on Sunday with a chance to become the third angler to earn back-to-back Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Presented by Fuel Me victories.
“I had a chance. That’s what count,” said Monsoor, who is the latest career $1 million winner on the MLF Tour. “It all depends on how you do. If you find fish, you win. I thought the fish would be there today, but it’s also fished by people at night. Nonetheless, it’s been a good two days for me.”
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.