> “The spots I’m hitting are where the fish live — it’s just a matter of getting the right cast on them. I got on ’em early in practice, and that gave me the advantage of getting dialed in on color. That’s important because as soon as the light changes, their color preferences change.
> “[Day 1] we were done at about 1:30 pm. That was only our fifth fish, so we had one to play with, but we decided to play it safe.
> “My wife still hasn’t forgiven me for last year at the championship when I was 6 or 7 minutes late on day 2 and it cost me [making] the cut.”
How confident is Tommy in his casting program? He had the stones to remove his kicker motor and take the trolling rods out of his boat…. Helps when you’re catching rock melons like this in practice:
Heard the locals were crawling all over Tommy’s spot:
Word is they’ll pick up where they left off tomorrow. Hope you whack ’em man!
Parsons dances into 2nd.
Chase Parsons is in 2nd place with 42.79 lbs and is “shivering” 10-ish miles from Kemos. Looks like he’s using one of Moonshine Lures‘ half dozen (or so) purpley colors. Great shot:
> “We had 9 bites and caught 7 fish today. We’re fishing a rock stretch that’s not as wind dependent as you might think.
> “Both my co-angler and I used the Shiver Minnow. Tommy was the one who figured out the pattern, and quite frankly, we just tried to expand on it.
> “We’ve caught ’em casting in 6-footers. At no time in the 5 days of practice did we use a trolling rod – not for one second. It’s crazy how Green Bay has transformed into a caster’s paradise.”
Shivering also happens to be the name of Chase’s favorite dance move:
Okada’s throwing combo punches for 3rd.
Joe Okada is also making the long run up north where he cracked 5 for 42.49 with a combination of casting and trolling. Imagine catching a bag like this — in a single day — and not be leading the tourney:
Joe started and ended his day trolling. When he casts, he targets specific spots with Rippin’ Raps, Shiver Minnows and other (secret?) vertical baits. Says there’s way less fish up north, but they’re the right ones:
> “I’m only getting 3-6 bites per day. It sounds cliché to swing for the fence, but these are areas where you don’t get many bites. I just have a good comfort zone up there.”
Impressive place to find a “comfort zone” man! Difference between NWT pros and us is they can keep their composure while fishing for a single bite every 1-2 hours. Rest of us are having anxiety attacks in our local 7-boat league fishing for an $84 check:
Celebrities walleye fish too…?
Us common folk aren’t the only ones who love chasing gravel lizards: A-listers Luke Bryan, Bradley Cooper and Russell Crowe have also been known to dabble:
Julian Kamohara Pinney cracked his new PB with this 13.3-lb razorback he caught casting a BFishN Tackle Moxi (chart/green core) to the edge of high summer weeds. Did you even know they had walleyes in Utah? Biggun:
This 31″ mud melon was caught vertical-jigging a 3/4-oz jig with a 4″ Walleye Assassin Turbo Shad (white) paddle tail. Biggest fish we’ve seen pulled from a pothole in the Kmart parking lot:
Have their top pros from across the continent in one room showcasing the new for 2017-2018 products. Jason Mitchell gets to see/use/test most of it years before even the guys that develop it do…so someone please make sure he’s awake and listening. 😉
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