Well, the first major Walleye Tournament of the 2013 season is officially in the books! Mother Nature is always very unpredictable for this event, and this year was no exception! Anglers left the docks on Day 1 with temperatures in the low 20’s and 10-15 mph northeast winds! The cold weather hampered the already tough bite for anglers, as 60 teams were unable to land a legal Walleye on Day 1!
The weather on Day 2 was actually even worse! Anglers left the dock in slightly warmer temperatures than they did on the first day, but the winds had increased to 15-25 mph out of the northeast, and to make things even more interesting, 1-2 inches of snow in the forecast!
Despite brutal fishing conditions even for ice fishing, 130 teams braved the elements and fared much better than they did on the first day, bringing 23 limits in compared to only 2 limits on Day 1.
After it was all said and done, Teammates Clayton Freiburger and Mike Bisdorf claimed the top prize with a two day total of 18 pounds 15 ounces, which earned them $20,575 in total! The team reported catching their fish vertical jigging with a 5/8 ounce jig tipped with a Berkely Powerbait Ripple Shad and a Minnow.
The team targeted 16-18 feet of water and used a very subtle lift-pause-drop jigging motion to catch their fish. Their catch consisted of primarily Saugers, and quality ones at that. The team caught the largest fish of Day 2, a 3 pound Sauger which really helped anchor their spot on top of the leaderboard!
The next Masters Walleye Circuit event will be held on the Detroit River on April 12-14 in Trenton, Michigan. To get more information on the Masters Walleye Circuit, check out their website at http://masterswalleyecircuit.com/ or you can also check out Bear Solis Outdoors for behind the scenes pictures and video.