Sunday, February 16, 2014

AIM Unveils Weekend Walleye Series For 2014

Anglers Insight Marketing has been running professional level Walleye Tournaments for the past 5 years with the CRR (Catch, Record, Release) Format.  With limited success at the professional level, AIM has decided to bring their unique format to the weekend tournament angler. 

There will be two separate divisions (Minnesota and Wisconsin) which will have three qualifying tournaments each.  There will also be a Wild Card Event that will count for both divisions on the Mississippi River on June 29.  The Wild Card Event was designed to give anglers a fourth option to fish three AIM events in case of scheduling conflicts with other events.  Jim Miller has been named the Tournament Director for the Minnesota division, while Denny Fox will head the Wisconsin division.

The Minnesota division will kick off on May 18 on Ottertail Lake, then travel to Lake Mille Lacs on June 8 for the second qualifier.  The final qualifier will be held on Leech Lake on July 13.  For those who qualify for the championship, it will be held on August 9-10 on Lake Winnibigoshish.

The Wisconsin division will begin in Winneconne on the waters of the Winnebago system on April 27 before heading to Green Bay on May 11.  The third event will be held on Lake Winnebago on July 13.  Championship qualifiers will be fishing Green Bay on September 6-7.

Entry fees have been set at $300 per team for all qualifiers, and $500 for the state championship events.   There will also be a $35 AIM angler membership fee per angler that must be paid prior to fishing any AIM event.

Payouts for the state qualifiers( Based on 100 Boats) are as follows below.  The winning team in each state qualifier will also win a paid entry into the 2014 AIM Pro Team Challenge Event on Green Bay, which is a $1250 value and gives teams a chance at winning over $30,000 in this event, not to mention an opportunity to compete against the best anglers in the business!

1st-     $8,000.00                  9th-      $900.00
2nd-    $2400.00                   10th-    $800.00
3rd-    $1800.00                   11th-    $700.00
4th-    $1500.00                   12th-    $600.00
5th-    $1300.00                   13th-    $500.00
6th-    $1200.00                   14th-    $400.00
7th-    $1100.00                   15th-    $300.00
8th-    $1000.00

Payouts for the State Championship Events (Based on 100 Boats) are as follows below.  The Grand Prize for both events will be an Alumacraft Escape 165 tiller boat which will be teamed with a Yamaha F40 Tiller motor plus $4,000 cash.
1st-            Alumacraft Escape 165 Tiller powered by a Yamaha F40 Tiller plus $4k                  
2nd-            $8,000.00                    9th-      $1000.00
3rd-            $2400.00                     10th-    $900.00
4th-            $1800.00                     11th-    $850.00
5th-            $1500.00                     12th-    $750.00
6th-            $1300.00                     13th-    $650.00
7th-            $1200.00                     14th-    $550.00
8th-            $1100.00                     15th-    $500.00

Additionally, AIM will take the top 5 teams from each State Championship and the top 5 teams in each Team of the Year race and hold the AIM Border Battle Shootout in 2015.  These 20 teams will compete against each other for a chance to win a Warrior 1898 DC Boat teamed with a 150HP Yamaha Outboard!  Date and location of this event has not yet been finalized.

Anglers can register for State Qualifiers online at, or a paper copy of the registration can be printed and mailed in with a check as well.  Teams will have until the Wednesday at midnight (CST) prior to each event to register for the tournament.

More information on the AIM Weekend Walleye Series on specifics of takeoff locations, rules, and tournament hours are still being finalized and will be released soon.  You can also check out their website at for more information.-

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