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News : Lindy Pro Team Takes 2012 MTT Championship
Posted by LSF on Sep 25, 2012 (1625 reads) News by the same author

Baudette, Minn. – Keeping your focus when it’s all on the line in a championship walleye tournament is tough enough without facing mechanical issues first thing, but Lindy pros Eric Nesius and Mike Christensen shook off the distraction to win the two-day Minnesota Tournament Trail Championship on Lake of the Woods Sept. 13-14.

2012 MTT ChampionshipThe tournament was based out of Border View Lodge on the Rainy River, and on day one of the tournament the Lindy team didn’t even make it to the main lake before overheating alarms began sounding. Forced to return to the ramp to clear debris from the boat’s impeller, they lost more than 45 minutes of precious fishing time.

“Talk about trying to keep from getting rattled right off the bat,” Christensen said. “It’s just one of those things. You have to try to forget it and keep your focus.”

Once the boat’s system was flushed, the team began a rough 1 ½-hour ride to their primary area in what was predicted to be 5 to 10 mph winds. “If you use a little North Dakota logic on the weather report you add those two numbers and multiply by 2,” Nesius said. “It was a long boat ride.”

After trolling Lindy Shadlings, River Rockers and Cotton Cordell Wally Stingers for mixed results, the team switched tactics and began jigging with Lindy X-Change jigs. With an unpredictable wind, Nesius said, the ability to increase or decrease jig weight without the wasted time of retying was important. With the tough luck and delays the team had experienced, every minute in the water was big. They put six keepers in the livewell and released more that fell in the slot. The team ended day one in the middle of the pack with 9.25 pounds.

2012 MTT ChampionshipWhile the winds were calm as Day two began, the team knew they had a lot of ground to make up. Each team is allowed to weigh in two “overs,” fish over the 28-inch limit, and Nesius and Christensen were fishing hard for these trophies. While the teams can weigh these bigger fish on day one or day two, only four overs were weighed in the first day.

After thoroughly working their primary area the team realized the fish had relocated. The team’s secondary spot about ¾-mile away, however, held a big surprise. “The sonar was on simulating mode, and the number of fish we had on the graph was unreal,” Christensen said. “The fish had moved due to a combination of normal seasonal migrations and boat pressure. These fish are coming out of the Lake of the Woods basin and had just started staging on some of the deep basin structure.”

Trolling Lindy Shadlings and Cordell Walleye Stingers the team quickly filled a limit, but the bite shut off as quickly as it began, and they still didn’t have any 28-inch plus trophies. Using the superstitious “last cast,” the team boated a fat walleye that measured 29 ¾-inches. Two heart-breaking 27 ½-inch fish followed that, then another one a half-inch over 28. They then upgraded their limit of keepers and headed to the weigh-in with a sack weighing 24.90 pounds and the win.

The team’s biggest fish weighed 9.70 pounds and the other a touch over 8 pounds. For the Championship victory, the team won a Skeeter Boat/Yamaha Motors package worth $35,000.

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