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AIM MN Championship Report
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AIM MN Championship
8/7/14 Pre Fishing
I spent bits and pieces of the week before this final day of pre fishing on the lake as I live only 32 miles from Big Winnie so I was on fish prior to this day. The spot we fished mainly on the tournament days we didn’t fish this day as I knew there was good fish there. That spot was in Cut Foot Sioux, which is known for above average size walleyes for Winnie. The spots we did find decent fish on were some of the north main lake humps, one included the question mark, and the others don’t have names. Most of those humps are holding a lot of fish right now on top and on the edges. North East Center Bar has a great amount of fish on it also. I used a very wide variety of presentations on this day to locate the best bite and biggest fish. Crawler harnesses with gulp plastic crawlers worked very well for eater to medium size fish along with slow death rigs and killer crawlers which are also plastics at 1.0-1.2mph on center bar. We ran plastics instead of live bait because of the number of bait stealing perch are overwhelming. Next presentation was lindy rigging jumbo leeches and Red Tail Chubs on Center Bar and a couple spots in Cut Foot. One spot in Cut Foot that held decent eaters was out from Bowens Lodge in Cut Foot and the bar to the north of that. The technique that stood out for me was jigging Rapalas. I use this technique a lot in the Bemidji area lakes for active summer fish. I basically snapp them hard, in the fishes face, as a reaction bite. #7 and #9 in rainbow trout and blue tiger excelled for us. Once the fish are located on the graph we would start jig rapping and pick off one or two fish in no time. Then would go mark another pod and jig rap those. Most of the time Ryan Hylla and I would drive around on the structure until we marked a couple then throw it in reverse and back up over top of them and Wham, we were hooked!
8/8/14 Day One
We launch boat 40 at 7am and made the 13 mile run to Cut Foot Sioux and found 10 other boats on our spot. We did pre fish with another team and I shared this spot with them. They where there also, Team of Tyler Wolden and Jake Bonsack. Both they and we started jig rapping on a large pod of large walleyes. They hooked up first with a 25.75. Then us with 21.25. Then they caught a 25.75, 26, 25.75, and 22” fish and we had a 24.5, 27.75, and 22 all by 8:30am. Then everybody saw all these fish being caught and switched to jig rapping. This spot is off Seelye Ridge. Once that bite died we switched to rigging red tails. We ended up coming in with 24.55 lbs for our best 5 fish and Tyler and Jake had 31.4 lbs. Before announcing the top teams after day one I was called into the trailer to look at a fish picture. We marked a fish down .25” off. Our first fish of the day we marked down as 21.5”. That fish got thrown out and left us upset as we were in 4th and dropped to 12th and 20.6 lbs. A mistake that will always be in the back of my head!
8/9/14 Day Two
We launched boat 5 today but being the second slowest boat in the field of pros we ended getting to that spot 2nd to last. Tyler and Jake showed up in their 618 ranger 8 minutes after us after the 13 mile run. All 15 boats were jig rapping and we only seen 1 fish caught doing this. I wasn’t marking much either. I had one fish get off and at 8am we switched to rigging medium size red tails. Most of the boats left that spot by 9am but we had 2 fish on the scorecard by then and they were pretty good so we figured we would grind it out all day there. We caught roughly 10-12 walleyes and most being over 20” Our best 5 were 21.5, 22, 23.5, 23.5, and 24.25 for 24.36 lbs. We bounced back decent after our big mistake from the day before. Tyler and Jake were the leaders after day one but only had 16lbs on day two. They ended up taking 2nd and Ryan and I took 5th with 44.98 lbs and only 9 fish!!! Without that mistake we would have taken 2nd place honors. The top 5 teams also got a free paid entry to the Border Battle Shootout against the top 10 teams from Wisconsin this spring shooting for a $40,000 top prize. Thanks to all my sponsors this year! Fishaddictions.com, Kenkatch Tackle, Skeeter Boat Center, Xstinkd, Striker Brands

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Re: AIM MN Championship Report
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Nice report and awesome job in the tourney. Sounds like you guys did pretty dang good and maybe that one fish would have made ya a little more dough. Oh well.

Posted on: 2014/8/16 8:50
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Re: AIM MN Championship Report
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Is Kenkatch the guy who makes (or at least used to) those awesome short shank jigs? Ben's was the only place that carried them and I would like to get a BUNCH.

Posted on: 2014/8/18 16:05
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Re: AIM MN Championship Report
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Nice job Chaz and Ryan

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Re: AIM MN Championship Report
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Al Kendall was the man, a great guy and fisherman, he passed a couple of years ago, his jigs were GREAT

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Re: AIM MN Championship Report
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Well done guys. Were you using Al's jigs?

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Re: AIM MN Championship Report
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There has been a new owner for a few years now. And yes i love Kenkatch Tackle products. Wouldn't represent there products if i didnt.

http://www.kenkatch.com/ check em out

Posted on: 2014/8/19 14:58
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Re: AIM MN Championship Report
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I'm confused?What does AIM stand for?someone using the Americam indian movement title for something else?Help me out please.I am dumbfounded.Is it aNative tourney?

Posted on: 2014/8/19 15:09
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Re: AIM MN Championship Report
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bemidjiEYEhunter wrote:
There has been a new owner for a few years now. And yes i love Kenkatch Tackle products. Wouldn't represent there products if i didnt.

http://www.kenkatch.com/ check em out


Looks nice quality. Might have to give there living rubber line up a try for big predators.

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I'm confused?What does AIM stand for?

AIM stands for something to do with angling marketing.

Posted on: 2014/8/19 15:42
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Re: AIM MN Championship Report
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dew2 wrote:
I'm confused?What does AIM stand for?someone using the Americam indian movement title for something else?Help me out please.I am dumbfounded.Is it aNative tourney?


I believe its Anglers Insight Marketing. And no its not a Native Tourney, wouldnt that kinda be racist? Its a tourney for anyone who wants to fish it.

Posted on: 2014/8/19 15:56
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