Anglers Insight Marketing Heads to Akaska, South Dakota

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 Aug 9th, 2010 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Aug 9th, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Updated July 9th, 2010

AIM Heads to Akaska South Dakota in 2010!
AIM Pros to compete in prestigious South Dakota Walleye Classic

Event #4 – Akaska, SD

On August 12-14, 2010 the AIM Pro Walleye Series™ will travel to Akaska, South Dakota to fish the expansive Lake Oahe on the Missouri River to fish the South Dakota Walleye Classic. AIM will partner again with the South Dakota Walleye Classic to stage a huge regional event. Anglers will have literally hundreds of square miles of the fertile Missouri River to explore. This event will place teams on the river at the peak of the late summer bite and will provide exiting competition with no slot limit restrictions or culling limitations.

History of the South Dakota Walleye Classic and Festival
This Professional Walleye Fishing tournament and Festival began back in 2007. George Kessler, a resident of Akaska, SD and Aberdeen, SD was on the South Dakota Board of Tourism.  Governor Rounds and the Board of Tourism had a program for developing areas of Tourism in South Dakota. They were looking for communities that could encourage and attract tourist during a normal slow time, usually August. George approached Brad Schilling and several other residents of Akaska and asked if they thought a National walleye fishing tournament would attract tourist, and would the people and community support this type of project. Brad Schilling and Dick Sorensen members of the Akaska Men’s Commercial Club approached the Commercial Club and Club overwhelmingly voted approval of this project.

Classic Schedule Of Events

Come & Experience
Professional walleye fishing first hand at the annual South Dakota Walleye Classic. This international walleye tournament will also feature a rodeo, bull-o-rama, kids games, arts in the park, Confederate Railroad Band, and the Dustin Evans Band. This
event showcases one of South Dakota’s truly majestic landscapes, the Missouri River.
Bring the whole family and enjoy each day’s activities and professional walleye fishing.


South Dakota Classic Schedule of Events PDF

Some of the top AIM Pro Anglers enjoy fishing South Dakota enough to put their name behind the advice to get out and fish and hunt in SD and spread the message that South Dakota is a premier destination for some of the best walleye fishing in the world. Here’s the proof:

John Schneider
Bruce Samson
Keith Kavajecz
Mike McMaken
Brian Keller
Pat Neu
James Keller
John Kolinski
Gary Parsons
Mark Martin
Marianne Huskey         
Chase Parsons
Joe Okada
Robert Blosser
Todd Riley
Tommy Kemos
Mark Brumbaugh
Brett King
Mike Gofron
Ross Grothe
David Andersen
Tom Gatzke
Scott and Marty Glorvigen
Perry Good
Richard Boggs             
Gil Mollet
Tommy Skarlis
Scott Duncan
Jessee Buechel
Tom Backer
Rick Olson
Chad Schilling
Lynn Jurrens
Dennis Gulau 
Scott Allen
Matt Corradi
Brandon Carpenter
Greg Yarbrough
Dan Plautz
John Tennessen
Scott Steil
Dave Van Oss
Doc Johnson
Jim Carroll
Aaron Deal
Ron Seelhoff
Rich Mealey
Kirt Hedquist
Curt Lopau
Nick Schertz

AIM South Dakota Walleye Classic 2009 Videos:

                                           Video One:

Mike Gofron WINS 2009 SD Classic

                                           Video Two:

2009 AIM Angler of the Year Todd Riley at Akaska

South Dakota Hosts and Anglers Insight Marketing Pros Chad Schilling, Rick Olson, and Lynn Jurrens are displaying the all new South Dakota Wrapped Rigs, and traveling the country as fishing ambassadors for their home State.

Chad Schilling, South Dakota Pro

South Dakota couldn’t have a more dynamic trio as ambassadors, these three catch fish, and no matter where they travel as professional anglers, always want to get back home to some of the best Walleye fishing in the World.

Chad Schilling is a South Dakota fishing and hinting guide, and an AIM sponsor.
Chad Schilling, owner/operator of Oahe Wings & Walleyes. Since an early age, Chad has dreamed of two thingsbeing a professional fisherman and owning his own hunting and fishing lodge. In 2004, his dreams began to materialize with the construction of his lodge, Antler Ridge, home of Oahe Wings and Walleyes. The dream became reality in 2007 after he was awarded the title of PWT Rookie of the Year. In his first three seasons as a walleye fishing pro, he accumulated 7 top ten awards, numerous money finishes, along with a number one ranking amongst professional walleye anglers in 2008.

Lynn Jurrens has followed a childhood dream to become a promotional fisherman in the North Country’s highest level of competitive walleye fishing. He resides on Lake Kampeska near Watertown, SD with his wife, Kate, and four year old daughter, Carter.

Lynn Jurrens, South Dakota Pro

He started tournament fishing as an amateur on the FLW tour in 2003 and fishing local tournaments. In 2007, he took his hobby to the professional level. Three full seasons on the FLW tour and three events with the angler owned AIM Pro Walleye Series have provided an incredible background of experience. He has earned checks in 10 out of 17 events he has fished with a win in the prestigious South Dakota Walleye Classic on Lake Oahe .

Lynn is known for his passion for the outdoors in his home state of South Dakota. This small town South Dakota boy grew up fishing and hunting with his grandfather, Morris Dokken and friend, Cliff Falken in Toronto, SD (population 201). The past 20 years, he has explored all regions of the state including his favorite Lake Oahe in the cental SD and the Black Hills of the west. His plans for 2010 include the five tour stops with the AIM series.

Veteran angler Rick Olson has done it all when it comes to walleye fishing. Enthusiasm and hard work paid off in a steady climb up the tournament ladder. The South Dakota native received his first visibility as a tournament angler by winning numerous events throughout the Missouri River reservoir systems. The years that followed led to prominent status on the Professional Walleye Trail, the North American Walleye Anglers circuit, the FLW Walleye Tour and most recently the new AIM Walleye Series.

Rick Olson on the water at an AIM Tournament

Rick`s determination to be a champion has led him from the Rookie of the Year title in his first year following the pro tour to the World Championship title in 1994 followed by two Angler of the Year awards, the Professional Walleye Trail AOY in 2000 and the FLW Walleye Tour AOY in 2001.

Rick is one of the steadiest and most respected anglers on the pro tour. He has qualified for 29 Championship fields and racked up 41 top ten finishes since joining the pro tour.

Why visit South Dakota?
Fishing and boating – two great ways to enjoy South Dakota’s lakes and rivers!

Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor activities in America. More people fish (40 million) than the combined number of people who play golf and tennis.
If you are looking for the excitement of having a fish on the line…
…the relaxation of a quite day by the lake…
…a chance to enjoy quality time with family and friends…
…try year-round fishing in South Dakota.
Your adventure begins here.

South Dakota has acres of lakes and miles of rivers tempting boaters, from a rowboat on Grandpa’s stock dam to sailing the mighty Missouri River reservoir system.Learn more…

South Dakota is renowned world-wide for its pheasant hunting, and rightfully so. Did you know that only twice in the past 20 years has the annual pheasant harvest been under 1 million roosters, and those “down” years of 1992 and 1997 were both over 900,000.

Pheasants are just part of the hunting package you can enjoy. We offer a variety of game animals in a variety of settings: forests, river bottom, grasslands, mountains, and the vast Missouri River reservoir system.

Follow our links
to find your source for information on wildlife, access areas, laws, and getting your license. Your adventure begins here!

Coming To Akaska?
See South Dakota After AIM’s Walleye Tournament!

If you are coming to South Dakota next week for the AIM tournament that’s the centerpiece of the third annual South Dakota Walleye Classic in Akaska Aug. 11-15 and you are not planning on touring more of this unique state’s attractions afterward, you’ll literally be missing the boat.
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