Skarlis Holds On at Dubuque, Lampman Challenges
Jun 23rd, 2011 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Jun 23rd, 2011 at 5:59 PM
The AIM Walleye Tournament out of Dubuque on the Mississippi has been a story of ups and downs, most of which have been associated with water levels.
Today Rob Lampman was WAY up, after getting a full day on his fish. He’s locking through, and yesterday only had two hours to put his limit together, CRRing 7 for 24.1 pounds after fighting the time element of the barges and lock system. Today he put it together CRRing 7 more for 33.23, and a total of 57.33.
That was still only enough for second. Day One leader Tommy Skarlis put four in the net for 12.07, and a total of 63.12, holding down first place going into the final day almost 6 pounds in the lead. That isn’t much when considering what these two river rats have weighed in the last two days. The ‘two Pro two Day Total’ is over 120 pounds.
There’s some reason for speculation whether Tommy was on his best bite today. No doubt Rob was, but he has several other areas he’s confident in according to his interviews over the last two days. The AIM Dubuque tournament now officially a Shootout!
Harry Miller, a well known tournament organizer and angler from Bellevue made a strong move today as well, adding 23.19 to yesterday’s 21.4 to take over third going into the final day. He’s definitely a threat as well, but has a much more difficult task that will require Skarlis and Lampman to stumble badly for the win.
Robert Blosser is just three pounds behind with 41.96 in fourth, continuing his consistent streak during his AIM career. Clayton Feiburger, a local Pro, moved in to fifth with 40.03.
Current JJ Keller Angler of the Year leader Brett King slipped into sixth with a 12.68 pound weight today, but is more than determined to make up that weight tomorrow. Seventh is Keith Kavajecz, eighth is Joe Okada, ninth is Ross Grothe, and tenth is Scott Hamel.
The top 16 return to the water tomorrow morning fishing for the $30,000 first place cash and prizes, and a total prize payout of over $50,000.00. The top 5 will spend the day under the watchful eyes of the AIM fans watching their every move on the exclusive AIM GPS Tracker Navionics Map. Look for the link on the AIM website tomorrow morning at http://www.aimfishing.com.
The field will be cut to 16 Pros for the final day, competing for over $50,000 in cash and prizes including a new Mercury powered Crestliner Boat and $5000.00 cash for the win.
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. The next tournament is the season ending AIM International Walleye Championship at Akaska, SD on September 15 to 17. This tournament will also crown the 2011 AIM J. J. Keller Angler of the year who will receive a $10,000 prize.
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