Anderson Takes Lead at Baudette Lake of the Woods AIM
Aug 17th, 2012 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Aug 17th, 2012 at 6:55 PM
The cold front that moved through the area yesterday slowed the bite considerably for most of the field, but veteran Walleye Pro Sam Anderson apparently didn’t get the memo.
Sam CRR’d a seven fish card for 57.75 pounds to take the lead. Sam has fished the area before, and actually felt he could have had a better weight if the fish were going as well as they were in practice. Mike Gofron is in second with 44.12, taking a run at the Angler of the Year for 2012. The AOY race is extremely tight, and will not be predicted, much less decided, until the end of the tournament tomorrow. If the bite turns back on as most of the Pros predicted on stage today, it’s going to be a shootout for the 2012 AIM Fishing Angler of the Year Title.
Pro Rick Olson is in third by virtue of the biggest single fish ever caught in an AIM event, a 32.75” fish that added to a respectable balance of the seven on his AIM CRR Card for a total of 43.84. Rick said he was on a big school of fish, and expects the weights to skyrocket tomorrow as the water settles down from the huge winds yesterday.
Justin Schneider is in fourth with 39.5 pounds, Ross Grothe has 38.63 to hold down fifth, Keith Kavajecz is in sixth, Jim Carroll in seventh, Mark Martin in eighth, Gary Parsons in ninth, and Gill Mollet rounds out the top ten.
Expect the current leader board to scramble while the weights come in tomorrow if predictions from the stage today come true. Prefish weights well into the 60 and even 70 pound class were not uncommon during the week before the front that caused the cancellation of Day One. Reports are that it doesn’t really matter where one stops to fish on this part of LOTW, walleyes will be caught. It’s finding the truly big fish and getting the necessary bites converted to the net that will be key to taking home the Lund/Mercury first place package valued at $35,000.00
The 42 boat field will leave the landing tomorrow at 7:30 AM, and will weigh in at 5 PM tomorrow in downtown Baudette. Join us at http://www.aimfishing.com for the live weigh in.
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