A blanket of mist threw a hush over this years
top 40 MWT qualifiers as they snaked out of the
in search of this years Championship title. With $10,000
and a years worth of bragging rights at stake,
for the past few days the seekers of this grand prize
have been as quiet as the morning fog. They would have you
believe there are no fish in these lakes.
Although asked often I also stopped
doing reports on the lake weeks before this. It's
the championship, it's suppose to be tough!
I was riding with Tournament Director Ken Shear
and at 7am sharp he started the boats out into
They wasted no time spreading out across the lake with their
tackle stowed safely away from any prying eyes.
Quickly the last boat faded out of view and settled in
for a full day of competition.
That's when we took a little inspection trip north
across the lake and up the
It was a perfect morning and a beautiful ride.
On the way back Ken wanted to
work on his spoon jigging techniques and I wanted to show
him there are plenty of walleye in these waters. We pulled into
a spot were I knew there were schools of shad and good bottom
cover in 16 foot of water. Using a silver spoon the size of the bait fish
he cast out into a school and let it flutter to the bottom.
The action and the spoons reflection was a close match for the
flashing flutter of the prey darting through the curtains of
sunlight that penetrated the clear water.
It did not take long, second cast and out came
a nice 18 inch marble eye and a smile from the boss.