The next generation of walleye anglers is comin’ in hot. How hot?
[Reminder: walleyes 19.5-28″ had to be released…allowed 1 over 28″ per day]
> Max: “I knew the wildcard in this tournament would be the ‘overs’. Each day I was kind of downtrodden and then, boom, it would happen right at the end.”
Ran to the Knights and Bridges area — near the CAN line, just south of the Garden Island complex — where BIG female walters were feeding on tullibees:
> “In the morning, they’d sit up closer to the [sharp, jagged rock structure] and then slide out into the abyss during the day. Were smaller fish on the bottom, but I was intentionally fishing above them.”
Fooled ’em running custom-painted #9 Rapala Deep Tail Dancers on leadcore at 2.4-2.6 mph. Baits were done up in the “Hail Mary” color by Viper Custom Tackle:
Ran 5-7 miles further north (near the islands) to catch his 4 biggest ‘unders’ each day pulling custom-painted #7 Berkley Flicker Shads (purple, chart and pink) on leadcore:
> “I could get a limit [of unders] within an hour every day up there. Bet we caught 75 fish [the last day] on a sand-mud flat in 15’…they’d position just off the bottom. Had a limit by 10:15 and only upgraded 1 time.
> “Knew I had a good day, but honestly didn’t think I had won. The anglers in front of me were just outstanding…Nick Schertz, Brett King and Robert Blosser…didn’t think I had enough to beat them.
> “It’s absolutely crazy to win this. Was great to see Dylan win the last one…so happy for him. It’s great to see the next generation showing up — really makes me happy.
> “For any young anglers out there that are looking up to me, I want this to be an example of why you never, ever give up. It’s been a rough journey leading up to this. I stuck with it…kept my head in the game and worked harder than I ever thought I could. This was an incredible experience…what every walleye angler dreams of.”
Keep doing your thing, dude!