About a week ago, I received the first copies of my new book called, "Walleye Trolling: Tackle, Techniques and Systems Used by North America’s Best Walleye Tournament Pros and Guides," which I co-authored and self-published with FLW magazine contributor and professional walleye guide Ross Robertson.
I spent most of this summer and fall working on a walleye fishing book called Walleye Trolling that I co-authored and published with Lake Erie guide Capt. Ross Robertson. In the book, I wrote a short summary of professional walleye angler Bruce Samson’s tournament strategies for targeting big fish. By “big fish,” I mean the biggest fish in the lake hosting the tournament – the type of fish that will win tournaments when you catch them, but that often cause you to strike out in competition.
Plautz discusses his rock-spine pattern, his favorite crankbaits and winning the 2012 Walleye Championship
In the process of this transition, FLW Walleye Fishing will cease publication following the November/December 2012 issue, but that doesn’t mean we want to lose you as a reader.
Mercury pro takes $85,000 on biggest stage in walleye fishing
DAVENPORT, Iowa – You couldn’t have written a better script to end the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour season and the final day of competition in the championship. For in the end, it was the man who took the lead on day one of the event and stuck with his gut all week to surpass the 1-pound, 5-ounce deficit that faced him as he began this final day.
Chevy pro carries 1-pound, 5-ounce lead into final day
DAVENPORT, Iowa – This week on the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities had been a humbling experience for some of the best anglers in the walleye world. It seems as though some days the river is willing to give, but on others it can just as easily take away. Without question there has been one angler who has seen the many faces this system has to offer.
South Dakota co-angler grabs walleye championship title
DAVENPORT, Iowa – In his first full year on the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour, Tom Weihoff of Pierre, S.D., wasn’t even sure he would make it to the championship. After a rollercoaster ride of a season, Wiehoff accumulated enough points to punch his ticket to the biggest stage in walleye fishing.
Chevy pro takes commanding lead after day two of FLW Walleye Tour Championship
DAVENPORT, Iowa – Most of the dock talk this week about what it would take to do well in this tournament led to either catching a limit or bagging an over – a walleye bigger than 27 inches. Today was the day that the fans in the Quad Cities got to see a Mississippi River giant.
Tough fishing dominates day one of National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Championship
DAVENPORT, Iowa – When you take the top walleye anglers in the world and put them on a body of water with a sub-par bite, you expect to see the cream rise to the top. And that was exactly the case on day one of the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Championship on the Mississippi River.
Opening day of competition for National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Championship could prove difficult
DAVENPORT, Iowa – With a season that began on the Mississippi River in Red Wing, Minn., it seems only fitting that the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour should wrap it up back on the mighty Miss. After a seven-year hiatus, the FLW Walleye Tour returns to crown a champion in the Quad Cities.
Tour heads to Quad Cities Oct. 25-28
DAVENPORT, Iowa – The National Guard FLW Walleye Championship will visit the Mississippi River and the Quad Cities area Oct. 25-28 to crown walleye fishing’s top angler of 2012. Hosted by the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, the tournament will feature 42 of the world’s top walleye pros and co-anglers fishing for the sport’s biggest award – $100,000 cash in the Pro division and $15,000 cash in the Co-Angler division
24-year-old pro wins first title after tight finish
ESCANABA, Mich. – The National Guard FLW Walleye Tour features the best anglers in the world of walleye fishing. Many of the anglers struggle throughout their careers to win a title at an event. For young Korey Sprengel of Beaver Dam, Wis., he proved this week that he has what it takes to hang with the pros. Though, for Sprengel, this victory may have been too close for comfort.
Schilling clinches AOY title
ESCANABA, Mich. – Before the final event of the 2012 National Guard FLW Walleye Tour even started this week many of the anglers were doubting weights would break the 20-pound mark. Day one seemed to set the bar pretty high, but the bite picked up on day two and the weights reflected that. Mercury pro Korey Sprengel of Beaver Dam, Wis., gave himself over a 2-pound lead when he weighed in the largest bag of the tournament at 28 pounds, 6 ounces. With that weight, Sprengel moved from fourth after day one to take the top spot with a two-day total weight of 53-13.
Dempsey, Frevert assert slim lead on day one
ESCANABA, Mich. – With only a few days of practice and a last-minute entry to fish in the event, Ryan Dempsey of Oneida, Wis., seems to have made a very wise decision. Along with co-angler Bruce Frevert of Centerville, Iowa, the duo brought the heaviest bag on day one to the scales with 27 pounds, 15 ounces. This gives them a very slim lead of only 4 ounces heading into tomorrow.
Final regular season stop of FLW Walleye Tour is under way
ESCANABA, Mich. – Bays de Noc marks the fourth and final stop of the regular season this week for the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour. This fishery has long been known with the Tour anglers to be a place where you can hit a home run or completely strike out. And as the anglers made their way out of the harbor this morning, it seemed as though that theory will be tested this week.
Final event of season set for August 2-4
ESCANABA, Mich. – The National Guard FLW Walleye Tour on Bays de Noc will visit Escanaba, Mich., Aug. 2-4 for the final tournament of its 13th season. Hosted by the Bays de Noc Convention & Visitors Bureau, the tournament will feature as many as 150 of the world’s best walleye pros and co-anglers casting for top awards up to $63,000 in the Pro Division and $10,500 in the Co-angler Division.
Mercury pro grabs first title in first 2012 event
PIERRE, S.D. – Just a few months ago, John Campbell from Marco Island, Fla., thought his days of fishing professionally were done. After suffering a neck injury he couldn’t even cast a spinning rod only a mere eight weeks ago. Only a few weeks ago, Campbell finally felt he was well enough to give the Lake Oahe National Guard FLW Walleye Tour event a try.
Mercury pro looks to secure first tour title
PIERRE, S.D. – Calm winds and warm temperatures on Oahe made for a tough bite today. While most of the weights reflected that, one of the few anglers who was able to match their weight from day one was Mercury pro Danny Plautz. He brought another solid limit worth 15 pounds, 13 ounces to the scales, bringing his two-day total to 31-4 and giving him the lead.
Jurrens, Joy lead tight race among anglers
PIERRE, S.D. – Slot tournaments generally come down to who makes the best decision in keeping fish over the slot or letting them swim with hopes to catch a bigger one. With just 1 pound, 2 ounces separating the top five anglers it seems many are making the right decisions. The duo of Ranger pro Lynn Jurrens and his co-angler from Bemidji, Minn., Lowell Joy made the right choices and brought in 17 pounds, 11 ounces worth of Lake Oahe walleye. They lead the tournament going into day two with only an 8-ounce lead over second place.