IWT Two Day Walleye Tournament

I fished a IWT (Illinois Walleye Trail) Walleye Tournament last weekend and here is how it went.

Fishing was tough but we found fish in a few spots. In most places fishing was tough as nails, so this was a big find being able to find a bite at all. We started out in our best spot and caught a couple fish and a couple that were in the slot range that had to be thrown back. So we ran to our next spot and there was a boat on it, so we went to the next wingdam down and it didn’t take long to catch a couple nice keepers. We decided to keep looking but found boats on every spot so we went back to where we started. Another nice fish in the slot range and another keeper. Now we had our limit but we had a couple small fish that we needed to throw back, so we went back to where we caught a couple only to find that boat fishing just above us, who saw us catch 2 fish, had moved in on the exact spot and wouldn’t budge. We ran around checking other spots but nothing. That was a hard pill to swallow that those guys moved in where they saw us catch fish, but I guess we should have never of left. We handed them fish on a silver platter.

At the weigh in we were in about 5th place.

Since we had almost last blast off we should have been close to first blastoff on the second day, but they told us they were going by rankings instead, so the regulars that fished all the tournaments got to go before us. And first to blast off was the guys that stole our spot and they went straight to it. We went ahead and fished the same wingdam since it was our spot that we found our on own, but again those guys wouldn’t budge from where they saw us catch fish. After about 45 minutes and only catching a catfish, I was getting itchy to go to our other spot and I didn’t want to sit there and watch them catch fish so we did leave and that proved to be a fatal mistake because our other spot died. We ran all over the river but couldn’t get anything going. We only caught 2 small Sauger and one Walleye so that set us back to 7rh place, just out of the money.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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