Ranger/Yamaha Angler Spencer Deutz Educates 53 Future Anglers in Devils Lake, ND
Published July 27th, 2017
Walleye anglers from 14 states and two countries made their way to Devils Lake, ND for the second to last stop of the Masters Walleye Circuit’s (MWC) 2017 regular season. This stop on the schedule consistently has large numbers in the field and at the weigh-ins.
On the morning of Friday July 21st, 80 two-man teams gathered in the waters at Grahams Island State Park preparing for the first day of the two day tournament. The winds were calm and the sun was high as the teams throttled down into the open waters of Devils Lake. After numerous days of pre-fishing, the teams all started on their number one spots anywhere from 100 yards to 25 miles away from the launch.
With the maximum of seven walleyes allowed in the livewell and a no cull law in effect, teams started showing up at the scales four hours after take-off. At 3pm, the scales opened and 73 of the 80 teams brought at least one walleye on stage. As teams crossed the stage, 53 Future Anglers cheered and were in shock as Ranger Boats and Airwave Pedestal pro anglers Troy Morris and Corey Heiser brought in a massive bag of five walleye weighing just over 32 pounds. However, those 53 kids had other things on their minds!
Following the day-1 weigh-in, National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) member Spencer Deutz #552, led a Future Angler Youth and Family Fishing Clinic with help from Ranger Pro Zach Axtman #512. Gathered in the shade to the south of the stage, the Future Anglers learned about Aquatic Nuisance Species and how to keep our favorite waterways safe from these invasive creatures. They also learned on the water safety, fish identification, casting techniques and much more. The kids even had the opportunity to sit in Spencer’s 2017 Ranger Boat supplied by Moritz Sport and Marine in Bismarck, ND if they wished. After the clinic, each kid walked away with a free rod/reel combination courtesy of the NPAA’s Future Angler Foundation.
In all, 53 Future Anglers and 21 adults attended the clinic.
On day two of the event, gusty winds caused some teams to change their techniques to allow them to bring fish to the scales. On this day, 70 out of 80 teams brought at least one fish to the scales with the last team to weigh being the day-1 leaders, Morris and Heiser. In the end, they were edged out by only 6 ounces to the 2017 MWC Devils Lake winners Jeff Erickson and Jered Worden.
For more information about the event, contact Spencer Deutz @ 701-361-2521.