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Tournaments and Fishing Fun
National Walleye Tour Championship, Devils Lake, ND
A behind-the-scenes look at practice and tournament days of the National Walleye Tour Championship on Devils Lake, ND. Unfortunately, our two big fish videos didn't take for some reason but you get to see most of the other catches. Baits used were #7 Rapala JigNRap and a 3.75 ZMan StreakZ and Jerkshadz.
National Walleye Tour, Lake Francis Case. South Dakota
Just wrapped up the 3rd stop of the National Walleye Tour on Lake Francis Case. I haven't fished this end of the reservoir in three years and I sure do miss it. Great fishing with loads of good fish to be caught using several different methods. I didn't do so well in this tournament as the bite really slowed come tournament days. I was pulling Spinner baits and spoons over and through the trees. As well as rigging slow death rigs with crawlers to suspended walleyes over and in the trees.
National Walleye Tour Lake Winnebago
Tournament #2 of the season is a wrap from Lake Winnebago. Tossed back a few fish early on day #2 that cost me a check but that's what you get when going for a top 10. Rule #1 you have to bring in a limit (failed that) rule #2 your bag has to be bigger on day #2 than on day #1 to move up. As always Lake Winnebago was full of fish and action doing several different presentations. My Co-anglers were great and we fished hard all day. Finished 55th and kept some points for the championship. Next stop Lake Francis Case.
National Walleye Tour, Spring Valley, IL
The first stop for 2023 on the National Walleye Tour takes place on the Illinois River out of Spring Valley, IL. It was a tough bite with brutal weather conditions leading up to tournament day. The tournament weather was good but the fishing didn't get much better as anticipated. I was able to squeak out a 9th-place finish with 18 lbs. I pulled Leadcore on St.Croix rods with 15lb Seaguar Gold Lable Fluorocarbon leaders in front of Rapala Jointed Shad Raps #5. The key was to go slow .8-1mph in 10-12' fow.
BIG 10 Showdown. Lake Sakakawea, North Dakota
Here's a little peek at Chris and Brian's tournament days at the BIG 10 Showdown. This tournament is always run smoothly and is full of great anglers making for some great competition. Weights were very tight this year making every ounce count. We pulled leadcore line in 20' FOW for most of this and Northland Tackle Rumble Shads were the hot bait.
2022 National Walleye Tour Prairie du Chien, WI (Brian Bashore)
Here is a little look at how my tourney went on the Mississippi River out of Prairie du Chien. Had the wrong SD card in day two so missed a lot of footage and the batteries didn't hold up well on day 1 for some reason but nonetheless here are 15mins of fish catching. Salmo #7 Executors were the hot lure for me as well as Rapala SSR #7 and I was cranking upstream at about 2.5mph. Loads of weeds floating down the river made this a challenge but a super small split shot a few feet above the lure and constant ripping of the rods to clear the weeds kept my baits in the strike zone. Caught some slot fish each day (over 20") and tossed back a couple 16.5 and 17" keepers on day 1 that cost me a check. Oh well..
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Lake Cascade Jumbo Perch Fishing
Was able to get up to Lake Cascade for a couple days with some good friends from ND and chase after some of these JUMBO perch we have all been hearing about. Beautiful scenery and lots of perch in this lake. The bite was a little finicky but all of these perch were a good size and we had action pretty much all day. My best fish came on a Northland Tackle teardrop jig with a small piece of worm. It's a bucket list fishery but get there soon while it's still good.
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