Buechel Maintains Lead at Akaska
Aug 13th, 2010 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Aug 13th, 2010 at 12:00 AM
Jesse Buechel gained ground on the rest of the field today with a CRR total of 27.96 pounds for a total weight for two days of 66.89. Jesse is working a sophisticated system he employed in practice; he used his Lowrance HDS to find baitfish then a color underwater camera to indentify the type of baitfish the walleyes were feeding on, marking each area and matching the bait color to the forage.
Jesse’s lead was extended on a bite that was considerably tougher than yesterday’s to 11.23 pounds over second place Chase Parsons. Chase had a good day, weighing 24.89 for his second place day two weight of 55.66. Jason Przekurat weighed the day’s top ten best basket of 27.69 to take over third. Robert Blosser holds fourth with 53.52, Bruce Samson is in fifth with 51.58, Jarrad Fluekiger is in sixth with 51.71, Chad Schilling is in seventh, Joe Okada in eighth, Gil Mollet ninth, and Rich Boggs rounds out the top ten.
Tomorrow looks to be a tougher day as far as conditions go, with the following forecast: Breezy. Partly sunny with a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 70s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 25 mph in the afternoon.
Most agreed that big winds will slow success, but not necessarily the overall bite from today. Techniques in play include rigging, trolling cranks, and even jigging, if reports are accurate. Many of the fish are coming from areas not anywhere near as far away as the field traveled last year at Akaska. According to local Pro Chad Schilling, the reason is the much higher water.
Quite a few of the walleyes caught the last two days came from the brush and small trees that had grown on the bank during the lower water times the last few years. The field was cut in half today, with 26 pros heading home or helping with activities at the festival or the NPAA Kids and Family Fishing event, and the rest hitting the water at 7:00 AM sharp tomorrow morning.
Jesse Buechel rides the Bull again tonight at the Akaska Rodeo running in conjunction with the South Dakota Walleye Classic and Festival. Watch for video and a report later this evening.
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