Five fish limits were brought in by 39 of the 46 teams fishing the MWC tournament on Lake Oahe today. The winner of the two day event will take home $9,160, in addition to any sponsor contingencies that they are eligible for.
After the first day of fishing, one team, Byron Larson and Ritchie Davis, was able to bring in a basket topping 16lbs. Prefishing was good for the team who found four spots to focus on. When they got to their first spot they got their biggest fish of the day. They then caught a 22 incher and let it go. They thought they were going to regret that, until a couple hours later when they caught another 22. A few minutes after that they were crushed when they caught a 5 pounder and had to let it go.
While they bounced around a little bit, they only hit three of their spots. They got fish on all of them, so they feel confident going into tomorrow. While they feel good about their live bait presentation, if we get a lot of wind, their bite could be affected. Their total weight was 16.25lbs and their biggest fish weighed 5.68lbs.
The second place team of Abraham Starck and Jeff “The Mobridge Miracle Man” Mistelski weren’t able to get a lot of prefishing in, but they found one spot producing fish. They waited almost an hour today before putting their first fish in the boat. “It panned out where we got a couple 17’s right away and then we got our two overs in the right order. It wasn’t until the last hour that we got the 19’s to close it out,” said Starck. The key for them was focusing on windblown points. Their five fish weighed 15.79lbs.
Don Denning and Chad Maloy are sitting in third place with 15.64lbs. According to Denning, they only had one good day of prefishing. When they got to their spot today they were the only boat there. Before 9am they had a 22 inch and 24 inch fish in the boat and ended up throwing a 26 inch fish back. They then hit the rest of their spots to look for unders they could upgrade. Denning feels that the cloud cover this morning helped the bite, as it seemed to slow down once the sun came out.
A total of 209 fish were brought to the scale today for 518.83lbs. The big fish honors went to Byron Larson and Ritchie Davis with a 5.68lb walleye.
The forecast is calling for winds at 19mph from the ESE tonight and 21mph from the north tomorrow with scattered storms. The boats will leave at 7am tomorrow morning and return at 3pm. They will then trailer to the Howe-Scherr Arena in Mobridge for the weigh-in.
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