Dubuque, Iowa Will Host the AIM Pro Walleye Series™ in June 2011
Jan 27th, 2011 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Jan 27th, 2011 at 12:00 AM
Plymouth, WI – January 25, 2011
Dubuque, Iowa will host the third tournament of the 2011 AIM Pro Walleye Series™ schedule. The Pro-Am fishing tournament will be held June 22 to 24, 2011. Like all AIM Pro Walleye Series™ tournaments, there are no restrictions on where the anglers can search for the limits of winning walleyes – as long as they return exactly on time to the check-in. The AIM® Pro Anglers will have access to literally hundreds of square miles of the Mississippi River and backwaters.
Located in the Tri-State Area, (where the Mississippi River creates a natural border between Wisconsin, Illinois, and Iowa) Dubuque is within a day’s drive of the largest cities in the Midwest (and the homes of many of the AIM® Pro Anglers.) Dubuque is Iowa’s oldest city, but is also the most innovative. Dubuque recently completed a nearly $400 million renovation of its riverfront. It is home to museums, historic sites, wineries, and art galleries. This is all in addition to its location on the river which is home to millions of hungry walleyes!
Katie Simmons, Sports and Events Manager for the Dubuque Conventions and Visitors Bureau welcomes the AIM Pro Walleye Series™ competitors to the area. She said, “When we were offered the opportunity to host the third AIM Pro Walleye Series™ of the 2011 season, we knew Dubuque would be a perfect fit. This sport has a considerable amount of community support and we are thrilled to help make this event a success in any way we can”.
This AIM Pro Walleye Series™ tournament will feature the exclusive AIM Catch-Record-Release™ (CRR™) format that uses digital photo technology to verify each fish as it is recorded on the Official Scorecard. The fish are then immediately released – where they were caught – and NOT transported to the landing. This means the Pro Anglers can continually upgrade their catch all day, every day. CRR also means that NO “dead fish” penalties will be assessed at the weigh-in. With this format, the angler who catches the 21 largest walleyes over the three day tournament will win!
The other exciting element of this event is that since anglers do not keep the walleyes in possession, the protective slot of 20 to 26 inches will not come into play. With all of the big fish that roam the river in the Dubuque area, the possibility of a new AIM Pro Walleye Series™ record could overtake the current record held by 2010 Angler of the Year, Robert Blosser at 21 fish for a whopping 139.46 pounds.
The CRR format is significant because traditional “catch and release” walleye tournaments have not been permitted for many years on this stretch of the Mississippi to protect this regions great fishery during a time of year when fish mortality might otherwise be high. The exclusive AIM® CRR format was instrumental in receiving a tournament permit that did not require the total harvest of all fish (that is, a “kill” tournament). The entire Dubuque community has worked hard to build this walleye fishery and we at AIM® are very proud to have this opportunity.
Entries are now being accepted for both Pro Anglers and Co-anglers. The Co-angler entry fee is $250 for two days of fishing, each with a different AIM® Pro Angler. After Day Two the number of Pro Anglers is reduced to the top 50% of the field. Half of the Co-angler field will also be selected to fish an additional day for free!
Further information about AIM as well as up-to-the-minute updates about tournaments can be found at the AIM web site: www.aimfishing.com.
Anglers Insight Marketing, LLC (AIM) is a unique tournament organization which is owned by stockholders, the majority of which are Professional walleye anglers. AIM® Professionals are among the “All Stars” of professional fishing, with cumulative HUNDREDS of years of tournament experience, including countless tournament victories, series championships, and Angler of the Year titles. This insight and knowledge is now being employed to provide the finest tournament experience for the participants, and the maximum exposure for the host tournament sites and corporate partners.
Additional AIM Marketing Partners:
South Dakota Office of Tourism, Bay Mills Resort & Casino, Lund Boat Company, Mercury Marine, Crestliner Boats, JJ Keller Fishing Team, Navionics, Fin-Tech Tackle, John Butts Outdoors, Rutting Ridge Outfitters,
Oahe Wings & Walleyes, Optima Batteries, Worldwide Marine Insurance,
Pier of d’Nort piers, Me and My Catch photo replicas, Reef Runner Lures, The Judge Tournament Ruler, Rite in the Rain Paper, G2 Angling, E-Z Lube Systems, Transducer Armor, Gemini Sports Marketing, True North Companies