Hamlet’s Hoffer and Pokrajac break records on their way to Farm Bureau Tournament win

KOONTZ LAKE — The second event of the Indiana Farm Bureau Tournament Series was held Saturday at Koontz Lake and while the cold, rain, wind and threat of storms kept some anglers at home, record weights were brought to the scales. Hamlet’s Matt Hoffer and Ron Pokrajac brought the heaviest five-fish limit ever recorded in a Farm Bureau Series event to dominate the event. The scales registered 15.10 pounds when the bag of fish was weighed in, breaking the previous record of 14.17 pounds that was caught at Koontz Lake two years ago. Hoffer’s and Pokrajac’s limit was anchored by a 7.74 pound largemouth that took the Travel Tender Bait and Tackle Big Bass Award and is the heaviest bass ever weighed in at a tournament.
The top 10 teams all registered five-fish limits weighing over 10 pounds, which has never occurred in a MARCO event.
Greg Anderson and Jeff Dever had their career-best finish to claim second with five bass weighing 12.29 pounds. Andy Buss of North Liberty and Steve Prange had 12.21 pounds to claim their second consecutive third-place finish to take the top spot in the series with 140 points. Terry Schottmer and Cory Thompson were fourth with 11.81 pounds.
Behind Buss and Prange in the season standings are Dave Eggers and Jason Dittmar of North Liberty with 129 points followed by 2010 and 2011 champions Schoettmer and Thompson with 128 points.
The next event is the First Response Bass Cleanup July 1 on the St. Joseph River at the Six Span access in Elkhart.