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Old 07-27-2011, 12:06 PM
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Default AIM Announced the Championship Tournament Opportunities for Sanctioned Series Angler

AIM Announced the Championship Tournament Opportunities for Sanctioned Series Anglers.

The 2011 Championships are scheduled for September 15 – 17 in Akaska, SD.
Plymouth, WI – July 27, 2011
Over 50 tournament circuits have chosen to partner with the AIM Pro Walleye Series™. These Sanctioned Series tournaments have accepted the offer from AIM® to provide an invitation to the members of their "Team of the Year" to the 2011 AIM International Walleye Championship and/or the 2011 AIM International Team Championship.

There are TWO opportunities for competition:
1. The invited anglers who accept invitations to the Pro-Am Championship will then have the opportunity to compete alongside the AIM Pro Anglers that have qualified through the AIM Pro Walleye Series.
2. The team members who accept the invitations to the Team Championship will compete against the other teams in this “tournament within a tournament”.

AIM International Walleye Championship™
September 15 – 17, 2011
The year-end Championship will be hosted by Akaska, SD and located on the expansive waters of Lake Oahe. Akaska has hosted qualifying events in 2009 and 2010. In both cases the number of walleyes – and the fan support was phenomenal! AIM Pro Anglers qualify for the Championship by their participation in at least one of the qualifying 2011 AIM Pro Walleye Series tournaments. Each Sanctioned Series may extend an invitation to both members of their top team to compete as Pro Anglers. All AIM rules apply to all competitors, regardless of their qualification process.

AIM International Team Championship™
September 15 – 16, 2011
The year-end Team Championship is a special tournament staged for the top teams of the AIM Sanctioned Series. Each Sanctioned Series may extend an invitation to their top team to compete together against the other teams. The teams will ONLY compete against the other teams for a separate purse and prize package and participate in a separate weigh-in. The Sanctioned Series teams will compete based on the AIM rules – including the AIM Catch-Record-Release™ format.

With these separate tournaments, each AIM Sanctioned Series has the opportunity to nominate up to FOUR anglers to receive invitations to the TWO Championships:
A. Up to TWO anglers who accept the invitations to compete as Pro Anglers in the AIM International Walleye Championship.
B. TWO angler team members who accept the invitation to compete as a team in the AIM International Team Championship.
C. Each Sanctioned Series organization is responsible for choosing the invitation recipients. Alternates may be substituted if the top qualifiers are unable to accept these invitations. It is then the responsibility of the qualifying anglers to complete their registration. Team entries are limited to the first 30 entries on a first come basis.

Note: there is no requirement to qualify to enter the Pro-Am Championship as a Co-angler. Co-angler entries are accepted on a first-come basis until the field is full (and a waiting list will be maintained.)

Further information about AIM as well as up-to-the-minute updates about tournaments can be found at the AIM web site: www.aimfishing.com. The AIM International Walleye Championship at Akaska, SD on September 15 to 17 will also crown the 2011 AIM J. J. Keller Angler of the year who will receive a $10,000 cash prize.
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