Their 26.57 pound day one total had Korey Sprengel and Ryan Dempsey in fourth place about a pound and a half out of first place in the 2019 Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament. Day two had the walleye specialists within striking distance. Sprengel has fished the SBOBT a handful of years recently but never in a podium finish. Dempsey had never fished a single bass tournament in his life.
After a great day of fishing on Saturday Sprengel and Dempsey knew they were close to a winning weight. The final team to weigh in would wind up 24 hundredths of a pound off the lead. Shaun Kruzitski and Jason Corrao placed second in the tournament with an overall weight of 52.20 pounds and Sprengel and Dempster held them off with a weight of 52.49 pounds (10 fish – 2 days) to take the $45,000 cash and prize payout including a Ranger Boat and Mercury Motor.
29th Annual SBOBT Leader Board (Top 7 Teams)
52.49 Sprengel and Dempsey
52.25 Kruzitski and Corrao
52.20 Rassmussen and McSharry
50.33 Ourada and Allen
49.49 Fothergill and Fothergill
48.97 Scott Bonnema and Mark Courts
48.40 Robillard and Delfosse (Luxemburg, WI)
Big bass of the tournament – 7.13 pounds Wetli and Wozniak (Day 2)