They took home a combined $97,014 in cash + prizes, but it was also so much bigger than that…. I’m going to pull a few quotes from this National Walleye Tour Insider Report because they said it better than I ever could:
> The Andersen family is revered in tournament walleye circles for their ability to precisely troll and rig deep structure. The late David A. Andersen, a boat control master, was both a gentleman and a fierce competitor, and those qualities are apparent with his sons Kent and Adam. This week at the final regular season event of the 2021 National Walleye Tour season, presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, the Andersen boys made their father proud. While Kent rallied from 9th to win the tournament, older brother Adam finished 2nd and claimed the final spot in the 2021 NWT Championship.
> Lake Oahe is special to the Andersens for several reasons. When Kent was 15, dad allowed him to travel along to the Missouri River impoundment on his first tournament trip. Sadly, the last place Kent saw his father alive was also Oahe, at New Evarts, the same resort the Andersens stayed this week.
> Kent: “With my father being a professional angler, I was always dreaming about this back when I was a kid. I was always telling mom that I was going to be a professional angler when I grew up. I’ve cashed a lot of checks, had a handful of top 10s, but to finally win one, it’s amazing. To do it on Lake Oahe, it’s extra special. The last tournament my dad fished was here back in 2016.”
Full scoop on how the bros caught ’em here. Few quick details below on this crazy bite:
They were trolling cottonwood trees that topped-out at 45-50′ in 85-100′ of water! Had 2 leadcore rods in the front and 2 with 8-oz snap weights off the back. Ran 12′ leaders of 10-lb Berkley FireLine and trolled at 2.0-2.3 mph.
Said that #9 or #11 Berkley Flicker Minnows were the top producer, but also caught fish on Rapala Jointed Shad Raps and Berkley Flicker Shads. Color was not important:
> Kent: “It was more about putting the bait in front of their face. I could see the fish on my Humminbird. It looked like lights on a Christmas tree. Some trees are in 45′, some 50′ with an occasional high one. I think the fish were keying on that 40-50′ range. That’s where the most active fish were. I knew if I went and trolled the trees for 6 hours, I was nearly certain I was going to get 2 of those big, big bites each day.”
> Adam: “It’s pretty cool to go one and two with my brother. It’s hard to imagine that even happening. We’re kind of beside ourselves. And we get to go fish one more tournament [both bros qualified for the NWT championship on MN’s Otter Tail Lake] which should be a structure tournament, right up our alley. It was a heck of a week for us.”
Absolutely amazing, fellas!!