1. OH: Cappelli/Williams win NTC.
That’s the National Team Championship on Lake Erie. Sam Cappelli and Erick Williams racked up 107-lbs 3-oz over the 3-day derby to take home over $165K in cash/prizes!
> Their winning pattern was trolling deep-diving crankbaits at 1.6-1.8 mph to tempt walleyes hugging bottom in 37-45′. Three-ounce snapweights 125′ behind their planer boards helped get their baits into the strike zone.
Won by a 10-lb margin, despite some crazy on-the-water shenanigans. Get this:
> “We were reeling in a 7-lber, but a guy on a charter boat saw the fish at the surface, cast to it, and the fish eventually came off.”
Unreal. Live it up, guys!
2. WI: NWT Prairie du Chien.
The bite is tough, but sticks like Mark Courts (1st) and John Hoyer (2nd) were able to put together 20-lb bags on day 1.
> We’re using a lot of bass-style crankbaits because they have such an aggressive dive – they get down there so fast. The new Berkley Dredger and Digger have been working great. We also caught some fish on live bait when the bite was slower.
Nicely done fellas! Catch the final weigh-in live right here, right now.
3. MN: ONE Mille Lacs resorts gets $150K from state….
…thanks to rather-specific language tucked into an economic development law:
> “…small resort businesses located in the city of Isle with less than $350,000 in annual revenue, at least four rental units, which are open during both summer and winter months, and whose business was adversely impacted by a decline in walleye fishing on Lake Mille Lacs.”
So…ugh…what about the rest of the business hurtin’ heavy?
4. Boating fatalities up in ’16…
> In 2016, there were 5.9 deaths for every 100,000 registered recreational boats, a jump of 11.3% from the previous year. …alcohol was the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. Other factors included operator inattention, operator inexperience, improper lookout, excessive speed and machinery failure.
> Most boating-related deaths were caused by drowning (80%), and in 83% of those instances, the victim was not wearing a life jacket….
We know you guys are smarter than the first bullet, but please wear a PFD while running. There’s no excuse nowadays with hardly-tell-it’s-on life jackets like the Onyx inflatables.
5. Great Lakes water levels highest in 20 years.
All that rain. Ontario is up 3′ right now, and that lake is normally is about 193 miles long by 53 miles wide!
6. WI: Should license fees be raised?
Hasn’t gone up in 10+ years, unlike everything else in the world.
7. MN: Lake of the Woods bite hot.
Catching ’em a bunch of different ways, but heard the crankbait bite was starting.
8. Pure Fishing has new CEO.
Pure Fishing = brands like Berkley, Stren, Fenwick, etc.
Missed the link for the lightning-scare video in the last email – sorry! You can check the video by clicking right here or on the thumbnail below: