Day one of Cabela’s 2008 NTC Walleye Tournament wraps up

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 Jun 13th, 2008 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Jun 13th, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Boats launch on Day One (Cabela's NTC Photo)

Saturday, June 14, 2008 – Mobridge, S.D. – Saturday morning dawned with clear skies and light, variable winds. The day promised to bring the nicest weather in nearly a week to Lake Oahe. High winds and thunderstorms dampened spirits on Friday as anglers fought the elements to bring in walleye. In spite of the weather, there were some impressive catches with several five-fish baskets over 13 lbs.

Spirits were high this morning as teams anticipated great lake conditions and good fishing. With only a few ripples on the water and a possible high near 80 degrees, several NTC team members removed raingear for the first time since Tuesday.

As the boats assembled in the east bay launch area of Indian Creek Recreation Area, smiles and waves were abundant, and it was clear that everyone was expecting a great day. Friendly "Good morning!" greetings were common, and many of the team members swapped stories and caught up on old times with friends until the official tournament boat arrived.

Boats ready for takeoff on Day One (Cabela's NTC Photo)

At precisely 8:00 a.m., tournament director Matt Kettler started to let the boats out onto the water one at a time. Local residents gathered on a nearby point to watch the procession of colorful watercraft.

With only a few pounds separating the top 20 teams, nearly everyone expects an exciting weigh-in this afternoon. Since the first day's results were so close, even teams not currently in the top 20 have a chance to pull ahead if they bring in a couple of really good fish.

Preparations are underway for this afternoon's weigh-in. The stage is set up in the parking lot of the Beadle Ford dealership in Mobridge, and everyone is welcome to attend. Cold drinks, snacks, Cabela's products and NTC souvenirs will be sold all day. If there aren't any more weather surprises, we'll know the 2008 National Team Champions by early evening.

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