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Frankens & Barchenger Last Team Standing


At the end of Round #1, two teams really shined above the rest. The newly formed team of Aaron Freeman and Kevin Walker brought in the heaviest stringer of the round with 19.51 pounds followed by Wyatt Frankens and Cody Barchenger with 18.33 pounds. The next closest team was 3 pounds behind.

The teams went back out for another 4.5 hour round. Round #2 again proved that Frankens and Barchenger had something special figured out when they brought 17.39 pounds to the scales. Freeman and Walker still had a solid Round #2 with 16.40 pounds. Another team turned some heads in Round #2. Jerry Mason and Glenn Blanchard weighed in the biggest limit of the whole day with 19.60 pounds.

Championship Sunday saw 10 teams competing for the $10,000 payout. With this round lasting a full 8 hours, everyone knew to expect to see heavier results. Freeman and Walker did not disappoint when they dropped 18.15 pounds on the scales which proved their consistency on Day 1 was not just a fluke. Shortly thereafter, an underdog team of Cody Woods & Robert Jones slipped up on the rest of the field with a 5 fish limit weighing 18.88 pounds. The 20 pound barrier was finally busted when Brian Lowrance and Danny Cross locked in the scales at 20.62 pounds, but no one even came close to besting the monster bag brought in by Frankens & Barchenger. Their 5 fish weighed in at 26.48 pounds and let them take home the $5,000 check and the coveted title of The Last Team Standing.

Photo courtesy Outlaw Outdoors

Tom Behrens has over 50 years experience in fishing and hunting across the United States. Much of this time was spent in Oklahoma and Texas where he became very familiar with the outdoor opportunities in these states. You may contact him by email at:

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