That’s right, John “you know the name!” Hoyer cast his way into a 2nd-place finish, sacking up 50.82 lbs and a $22,809 payday. #ChaChing
Had all of their fish by 8:30 am the last day: #dialed
> “I was basically bass fishing in musky spots. Would cast into the thickest cabbage, snap the bait hard as I could to clear the cabbage, and they’d bite it on the fall. Was letting the bait freefall as fast as it possibly could, and they’d absolutely inhale it.”
When Hoyer says he was snappin’ the bait hard as he could, he’s not kidding. Check the blisters he got after doing it for 8-ish hours on day 1…before ‘frenemy’ Korey Sprengel was nice enough to bum him a pair of SIMMS SolarFlex Gloves so he could keep his head (and hands!) in the game on day 2:
He was fishing the north side of St. Joseph’s Island and actually spent most of his practice trolling #9 Berkley Flicker Minnows in the same area. Was initially dropping waypoints to avoid hitting the cabbage with his cranks….
> “I found this pattern the day before the tournament. I had one nip at my bait, so I threw back out there, ripped it through the cabbage and caught a 7-lber…spent the rest of my practice trying to find every strand of cabbage I could. Depending on the spot, it was between 8-16′. If it had rock + cabbage + current = it was an A+++ spot.
> “Had 3 hours to find every strand of cabbage possible in a 5-mile area. Once I found an additional 20-some spots, I had the confidence to run through all of them almost blind come tourney time. Can’t stress how much of an asset my Lowrance SideScan is…enabled me to find the cabbage quickly, and to be able to position my boat the perfect distance from the weededge….
> “It’s kind of like taking first in that it hasn’t really sunk in yet. I wasn’t on the same class of fish as Kolb…my fish were all so close to the same size, so 2nd feels unbelievable.”
Well-deserved dude! Go and get ’em next week.
Sutton long-shanked ’em for 3rd.
IL pro Bill Sutton cracked 41.54 lbs of Soo melons putting him just 0.02 lbs outta 2nd place last year…so he got 3rd and $16,936:
> “We were fishing a rock bar that sets up very similarly to a wing dam. We were pitching Northland Long Shank Fire-Ball Jigs tipped with a full nightcrawler…working the base of the rock bar in 13-15′.”
If you haven’t had the chance to see ’em yet (where ya been?!) here ya go:
> “We were making a 30-mile run to the St. Joseph’s channel. The current set up a lot like a wing dam. Today the wind shifted and shut down some of the current, but…I stayed there and grinded it out.”
Said his Okuma Dead Eye Custom rods — paired with Okuma RTX spinning reels — also played a big part:
> “These fish were native river fish. A 22” fish fights like a 30-incher in that river. And I’m not really much of a jig fisherman — I was out of my comfort zone — so those rods were a huge help.
> “To take a top 5 against this caliber of fishermen, I’m happy with that.”
Good luck to all the NWT pros hitting “The Soo” next week!!!