Let the Tournament Games Begin!

The excitement of competitive walleye tournament fishing was captured by a great FLW Outdoors photographer last year while Tommy Skarlis from Dorchester, Iowa and I were teamed up for the first day of the FLW event at Red Wing, Minnesota.  Our last fish was the biggest caught up on a small wing dam below the big dam.  After the weigh-in, the photographer told us to grab the big walleye out of the release boat and upriver we went.  He rolled up his pant legs and jumped into the Mississippi and took a series of photos with Tommy and I.  This is my favorite!  Look closely and you’ll see the big walleye swimming with a jig in her mouth waiting for me to net her–after a series of photos, we let her go to be caught by some lucky angler again.  Thanks, Tommy, for a great day on the water!  And, good luck to all the professional and co-angler partners as we head to the second FLW Walleye Tour event at Spring Valley, IL, on the Illinois River April 29-May1st!   Spike

  3 comments for “Let the Tournament Games Begin!

  1. David
    April 6, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Dark colors, dark days. Light colors, light days. Rapala Shadrap #5

  2. Zach Douglas
    April 6, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Good advice! Hair jigs are in this year but I don’t know if they’ve ever been out or they’re just more popular. We used to use hair jigs all the time as a kid.

  3. April 22, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Great shot Spike, Tommy is a fun guy! My favorite Tommy story came from last years Winnebago event. One morning Tommy was running a little behind for boat check, although they were calling for a boat number on the radio, so know one knew who was late. Finally he comes Tommy up the channel, through the check, and Sonny comes back on the radio reminding he needed a radio check. The response came back with the unmistakable voice of Tommy with a smile “I’m here, and my hair, is PERFECT!” Made the whole field crack up.

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