Day Two of MWC at Devils Lake Cancelled-Dircks and Blake Take the Win!
August 23, 2010
After the day one weigh in, Jon Dircks of Devils Lake, ND and his partner, Curtis Blake of Grand Marais, MN were sitting in first place with a 5 fish limit weighing in at 19.70 pounds. There was talk of big winds forecasted for the second day of competition and there wasn’t anyone more hopeful for a “Blow Day” than the team sitting in first place.
“We only had one keeper fish in the box at Noon yesterday, and found them later in the day. I sure wish we could have fished today, because I think we could have advanced”, said Jason Feldner of Minnewaukan, ND, who finished in 11th place. Adding, “It was the right call. The safety of everyone fishing is the most important. That’s just the way it goes. There’s always next year. Mother Nature is Mother Nature”.
Waking up to winds that were already blowing at 15-20mph out of the SSW, with a forecast calling for sustained winds from 25-35 with gusts to 45 as the morning progressed, the event was cancelled.
The day one winners took home a check for $11,000.00 and the Cabela’s Angler’s Cash Bonus Award of a $500.00 gift certificate.
Asked how they caught their fish the day before, Joh (pictured on left, above) spoke first…
Jon: We started off slip bobbering in some trees, and we pulled one good one out right away, and we actually rolled a couple nice fish, they were biting light on jigs. We decided to another spot and picked one real good one. You know, it was one of those one fish spot deals. Then, we started trolling, because we had done well trolling during prefishing, and we didn’t get any trolling at all. So, we put some things together, and decided what to do and tried a couple things that didn’t work, so we ended up pitching crankbaits in the spot where we caught the big ones at. The last half hour there and picked up three real nice fish right at the end.
MWC Co-Tournament Director and MC, Dan Johnson, asks: Any specifics on the crankbaits?
Curtis: We were using, (he looks at his partner and smiles) what was it called again?
(Laughs from crowd)
Dan Johnson: Short term memory loss here….he’ll remember as soon as he’s off the stage! (More laughing)
Jon: #5 Purpledescent Rapala…it worked pretty good. (Grin)
Curtis: Yeah, and I was throwing a Perch colored one and he was cleaning my clock out there. The purple one was working a lot better. Ah, hooks on the bobbers…we were using red steel hooks, the bigger ones were liking those. Like he said, we missed a couple nice fish out there, a couple real light bites, but that last fish that he got it just got really exciting! It hit it, and he was coming in, it fell off, I had another big one on, and I lost mine. He was sitting right by the side of the boat and that sucker came right up and hit it. I mean, it was just flopping on the surface, and BOOM! Got it in the net! (He let’s out a “Whoot” and the crowd laughs again).
Taking home the second place cash prize of $5,000.00 and the Lowrance Bonus Award of $500.00 is the Fargo, ND team of Ron Deutz and Spencer Deutz with a 5 fish limit weighing 19.21 pounds. “Our main spot was a bobber spot in the trees in about 5 feet of water. In practice, we never got any until 9:30AM, so we figured we’re going to try a different spot, and at 9:30 we were going to leave. We figured the first spot we went to, where we were pulling bouncers with crawlers, with about 15 or 16 other boats…some of these guys were there…and, we just wanted to get one big one before 9:30… the rod went back and we missed him. 9:30 came and we left without the big one. We went in there and in probably about two hours we had five decent ones and then we left, because we thought we would be able to get back there today, but unfortunately, we’re not, and we did get two other upgrades at another spot”, said Ron.
Landing in third place with 18.51 pounds is the Kansas team of Jim Perry of Tonganoxie, KS and his partner, Aaron Wagner of Oskaloosa, KS. They took home a check for $3,330.00 along with the Ranger Boats Ranger Cup Bonus Award of $1000.00, the U2-Oxygenator Bonus Award of $200.00, the first place Berkley Premier Team Bonus Award of $500.00, and the second place Big Fish Award of $660.00.
In fourth place is the Fargo, ND team of Chad Maloy and Don Denning with 18.39 pounds. Their take home pay was $2,420.00 plus the 2nd Place Berkley Premier Team Bonus Award of $300.00. Dan Johnson asked how they liked winning the “Kid’s Fishing Tournament” on Friday, and Chad replied;
Chad: We had a great day on Friday! We did the Youth Tournament, and our partner, Dylan, ended up catching all the fish. Don drove the boat, and I just did the netting. We got three nice fish and he ended up in first place! On Friday, we hoped to repeat. And, today, we would have rather have been fishing, and duke it out on the water, but it didn’t work out with the weather. We’re happy with the way it ended up.
Dan Johnson asks Don, “Are there any specifics on the presentation?”
Don: We were up in Pelican and we were trolling spinners along the weedlines, and also, we were doing some pitching on some points too.
Chad: Well, probably, the thing that worked best for us was using Northland spinners. The color that worked best for us was one called a “Golden Shiner”. It just has a golden tint to it.
Rounding out the top five places is Travor Diegel and Paul Steffen of Pierre, SD. Their 5 fish limit weighed in at 17.22 pounds.
Taking home the 3rd place Berkley Premier Team Bonus Award is the team of Brandon Carpenter of Rockwell, IA and his teammate, Josh DeKnikker of Sioux Falls, SD. The award is a Cabela’s Gift Certificate valued at $200.00.
The 1st Place Big Fish award went to Don Olson of Andover, MN and his partner, Randy Carroll, of Oswego, IL. Their cash prize was $1100.00 for a 7.59 pound Walleye.
The 3rd Place Big Fish award was given to the team of Jason Coester of Webster, SD and his partner, Bryan Gaikowski of Watertown, SD. Their prize was valued at $440.00 for a 7.20 pound Walleye.
For full results please visit the Live Leader Board at www.liveleaderboard.com. Just click on the “Devils Lake” link associated with the MWC event at Devils Lake.
The next MWC event will be September 11 & 12, 2010 at Escanaba, MI. For more details, or if you want to fish or attend this event, please visit their site at www.masterswalleyecircuit.com.
Walleye Central will be traveling next week to Deer River, MN to cover the last AIM Pro Walleye Series event of the season on Lake Winnibigoshish.
Hope to see you all there!