The Cabella's Walleye National Team Championship first place winners are U.P. residents. This spring, Jaimee Tourangeau and Ross Neubauer won the three day tournament, beating over 200 teams. Their prizes included $30,000, two Ranger boats, all-star rings and trophies.
I was able to spend the afternoon fishing with them, and learning some of their tricks.
When I asked the winning walleye fishermen their biggest piece of advice, they both said it??s all about the hands-on experience.
??Just get on the water,?? said Neubauer. ??That??s the biggest thing because you can read as many books as you want, or watch as many TV shows as you can but just being on the water is going to be the biggest thing. Just like practicing to do anything.??
When selecting your fishing location, they agreed there is no rule of thumb for the waters?? depth.
??In the summer months, even towards the fall, we can catch fish in 60 feet of water,?? said Tourangeau. ??You know, when we??re down in Green Bay a couple weeks ago we had spots going in one foot of water or less where there were Walleyes in there.??
He also said if you do not catch a fish in about 15 to 20 minutes, it??s best to try another location.
As far as equipment goes, a new fisherman doesn??t need much.
They recommend a line with a sinker and floating jig head.
??You just tip it with a half night crawler,?? Tourangueau said. ??Use a big enough sinker so you can feel the bottom and if there??s fish there they??re going to hit. And, not just walleye.??
Finally, they each agree, the best time of day to go fishing, is any time you have available.