Yamaha Pro Spencer Deutz Wins AIM® Weekend Walleye Series at North Dakota’s Devils Lake AWWS Warrior Boats Open
ICE FISHING LURE IN DEEP ROCK PILES HELPS MINNESOTAN TO STEAL WIN FROM DAKOTAN COMPETITORS
DEVILS LAKE, North Dakota – July 15, 2016 – Yamaha Pro Spencer Deutz and his wife, Carley, from Moorhead, Minn. brought in 29.86 pounds to take home the winnings for the final AIM® Weekend Walleye Series at Devils Lake AWWS Warrior Boats Open on Sunday, July 10.
The win was accomplished with their skill and with the use of 7/8-ounce Rapala® Jigging Rap’s® – an increasingly popular lure typically used during the winter – with the husband/wife team fishing deep rock piles for most of the day.
“Rap’s® are very popular now for summer, but fishing the rocks you can go through a ton of them,” Deutz said. “But you had to move, or you wouldn’t catch anything. If we didn’t at one [spot], we picked up and went to the next spot . . . our first fish came right away in the first five minutes, a 21-3/4-incher.”
“We had three good fish over 25 inches,” he said, and that made the climb into first place easier. “We had one at 9 a.m. and two more with like 20 minutes left to go in the day. The bite was good all day. Using jigs, it’s just a reaction bite. I think they see something and just grab onto it. We caught a lot but the big ones were one here and one there,” he said.
Deutz and his wife were at Devils Lake to fish a young angler tournament on Saturday, July 9, in their Yamaha V MAX SHO® 250/Ranger® package, and decided to enter the AIM®Weekend Walleye Series final as well. The couple took home $4,500 for winning the final Open of the tournament.
Second place finishers were two more Minnesotans, Dave Randash of Dilworth, and Ed Piekutowski, of Moorhead, with a bag of 25.55 pounds, who took home $2,000 for a 25.55-pound bag.