Dewey’s 2nd-place finish at the Lake Erie event pushed him over the edge in the Angler of the Year race – meaning he was the most consistently good angler through every National Walleye Tour event in 2022. Way to put it together the ENTIRE season dude!
Get this: In the last 3 NWT events, Dewey has finished 2nd, 1st and 2nd. Earlier this month, he also won the National Team Championship on Lake Oahe. 🔥 #EnFuego
Some details below from this NWT Insider Report on Dewey’s 2nd-place finish:
> While Hoyer uncovered the shallow weed pattern, Hjelm helped expand it.
> “After John discovered this, we built on it to where we had about 8 spots. We didn’t exactly know the true potential, but we knew it had some good ones. Because it was John’s deal, I went and trolled the first day. On day 1, he got all that weight from only 1 spot. So from then on, I joined. I took half, and he took half. We just rotated through the spots. It was a big enough area where we never saw each other. In fact, I never saw another boat.”
> Hjelm would cast the larger 4.6″ Champ Swimmer in HD Bluegill while his co-angler would throw the smaller 3.8-incher in HD Yellow Perch.
> “…finding the edges with SideScan…we’d drop waypoints and pick our way through. Rocks weren’t a big deal. It was more a matter of finding the right weedbeds. There was bait, probably shiners or little perch, and they would use those weeds for cover.”
> Hjelm would rip the swimbait and then let it completely free fall. Half the time they’d hit it on the fall, and half the time they’d hit it on the rip.
> “You’re ripping it through the grass, and it’s cleaning your bait off too. At times, I would change my cadence as I could see them chase on my ActiveTarget. This might be my new favorite way to fish. It was an unbelievably fun tournament.”
> For winning AOY, Hjelm receives paid entry into each of the 4 qualifying events of the 2023 season. His 2nd-place championship finish earned him an upgraded boat package, for being a part of the Ranger Cup program, Ranger 620FS with a 250-horsepower Mercury outboard, plus $15,000 cash and $2,460 in Anglers Advantage money for a total payout of $107,455.
> “The money and the boat packages, that stuff all comes and goes. It’s about the trophies that will forever sit in my house for everyone to see. Every time I look at those, I’ll have the memories of this tournament and this year. That means more than anything to me.”
Simply amazing, man! 🤯 WHAT. A. YEAR.