Our very own Gary Speicher just got a write-up in the Cedar Rapids Gazette. The main article can be found here.
At age 63, in his first year of professi
onal walleye tournament competition, Cedar Rapids angler Gary Speicher has qualified for the lucrative National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Championship to be held next week on the Missouri River in North Dakota.
“A lot of the pros have called and congratulated me. It’s going to be a great experience,” said Speicher, who has competed as an amateur co-angler on pro circuits since 2000.
Speicher, the proprietor of a popular walleye fishing website (www.walleyewisdom.com), said his move this year to pro status has been a quantum leap.
“My biggest ‘aha!’ has been discovering just how much time the pros spend getting ready for a tournament,” he said.
While co-anglers “just show up and jump in the boat,” the pros are responsible for all the equipment and a sound game plan based on extensive pre-tournament scouting and practice, he said.
Speicher, who has never fished the Missouri River in North Dakota, said he
hopes to have a week of practice under his belt when the tournament starts Sept. 22.
Great work, Gary! We’ll be following you in Bismark this week!