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Bassmaster Classic Longshot Impresses On The Biggest Stage

Tulsa, OK – After two days of competition at the 2024 Bassmaster Classic, Humminbird® and Minn Kota® pro Adam Rasmussen put himself in position for a chance at the biggest title in professional bass fishing. After a thrilling final day, Rasmussen dropped 18 pounds, 5 ounces of Grand Lake bass on the scales to finish in second-place with a total weight of 55 pounds, 4 ounces at his first ever Bassmaster Classic. 

Rasmussen earned the Classic berth by winning the 2023 Bassmaster Open at Alabama’s Wheeler Lake. He carried that momentum, combined with that of his recent win at the 2024 B.A.S.S. Nation Qualifier at Lake Eufaula, Alabama in February, to fishing’s biggest stage this past week in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“I have always felt like an underdog coming from the Midwest and going down South to fish bigger pro-level tournaments,” added Rasmussen. “We have many diverse fisheries in Wisconsin; I think it can be an advantage for me having experience on different bodies of water. The experience played for me this past week on Grand Lake as I was able to make adjustments under changing conditions.”

After a grueling week on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees, Rasmussen shined in the Classic spotlight. He began the event on day one in third-place and moved into second-place after day two. Each day, he fished comfortably and utilized his Minn Kota and Humminbird products, as he has done for years, delivering a runner-up performance in the biggest bass fishing tournament of his career.

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During the official Classic practice period, Rasmussen dedicated time to locate offshore brush piles using his Humminbird MEGA Side Imaging® on Humminbird APEX™ units. Throughout the tournament, he fished mostly shallow in 4 to 6 foot, but the brush piles he had marked, in 8 to 12 foot, paid dividends on the final day of competition.

“I ended up marking 400 or more brush piles on my APEX units and focused my time during the tournament in the mid-lake section of Grand Lake. I fished different sections of the lake in practice but narrowed it down to where I thought had the highest concentration of big fish. On the final day of practice, I never went to anything I planned on fishing in the tournament; I did not want to mess with my fish or my head going into the first day,” he added.

To maintain his position in the windy conditions on Grand Lake, Rasmussen relied on the Spot-Lock® feature on his Minn Kota Ultrex QUEST™. Once locked on his spot, he would utilize his MEGA 360 Imaging® Imaging to dial in the location of brush piles. Rasmussen’s strategy of targeting brush piles where bass stage prior to spawning was essential to his success. Once around the key brush piles that he located he would turn to his MEGA Live® Imaging to make precise casts to sides of the brush that held fish.

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“I used both MEGA 360 and MEGA Live to make pin point casts,” he said. “Sometimes I could see them on MEGA Live in the piles, and other times I could see them on MEGA 360. The time savings was key, and I wasted no casts every day. The other thing I learned was when I saw activity around the brush piles, like other species and bait fish, the bass seemed to be there as well.”

Rasmussen focused each day of the tournament with an open mind, fishing the moment and not getting caught up in the past. With his mind right, and a special “point” that he located with Lakemaster® VX Mapping, he was able to catch one of the biggest bags of the final day, maintaining his position in second-place and capping off a special week.

“I visited that ‘point’ four or five times each day, and almost every time I got a bite,” he said. “Most of my fish came shallow on a spinnerbait, and the deeper brush I was fishing with a jig. All in all, it was an awesome week, and one that I have dreamed of for a long time – I will be back.”

Added Tim Price, Pro Staff Manager at Johnson Outdoors, “Adam’s achievements over the past year have been nothing short of exceptional, showcasing his skill and dedication to his craft. As a long-time ambassador for Humminbird and Minn Kota products, Adam embodies the values and spirit of our brands, consistently delivering outstanding performances around the country. We are proud to have him represent us and look forward to his continued success.”

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The Multi-Species Advantage

Rasmussen makes his living, in addition to tournament fishing, as a well-known multi-species guide on Lake Michigan. Fishing out of Green Bay, Wisconsin, he spends much of his time during the open water months targeting fish using his electronics. The years of fishing for different species, at different times of the year, has helped him in his approach to bass fishing.

Rasmussen prides himself on staying up to date with the latest technology. Since the beginning, he has chosen Humminbird and Minn Kota to give him confidence on the water. From locating schools of walleye with MEGA Side Imaging to locating and targeting salmon with his Cannon Downriggers on the Great Lakes, Rasmussen is fully equipped to chase anything that swims.

“All of what I do while guiding translates to bass fishing,” concluded Rasmussen. “It’s the exact same for bass fishing, and one big piece of the puzzle is Lakemaster VX Mapping. At the Classic, it was huge. I used the Depth Highlight Feature to browse the lake and duplicate similar types of contours where I caught a fish, and quickly find other things that set up the same way. Whether I am on the Great Lakes or fishing for bass all over the country, Minn Kota and Humminbird are huge for my success.”

The experience in various situations has allowed him to focus on bass fishing with great success. Since he began his journey fishing the Bassmaster Opens in 2021, Rasmussen has amassed over $120,000 in earnings, with two top ten finishes, including his Open’s win in 2023 and recent Bassmaster Classic second-place finish, finishing in the money nine times. Regardless of where he is fishing, or what he is fishing for, Rasmussen has found consistent success throughout his career, and is looking forward to making his return to the Classic stage.

About Johnson Outdoors

JOHNSON OUTDOORS FISHING is comprised of the Humminbird®, Minn Kota® and Cannon® brands. Humminbird is a leading global innovator and manufacturer of marine electronics products including fish finders, multifunction displays, autopilots, ice flashers, and premium cartography products. Minn Kota is the world’s leading manufacturer of electric trolling motors, as well as a complete line of shallow water anchors, battery chargers and marine accessories. Cannon is the leader in controlled-depth fishing and includes a full line of downrigger products and accessories.

JOHNSON OUTDOORS is a leading global outdoor recreation company that inspires more people to experience the awe of the great outdoors with innovative, top-quality products. The company designs, manufactures and markets a portfolio of winning, consumer-preferred brands across four categories: Watercraft, Fishing, Diving and Camping.

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