Ranger/Yamaha Pro Spencer Deutz Educates Future Anglers at MWC’s World Walleye Championship
Published September 20th, 2017
The Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) has made Stoney Point Resort on Minnesota’s Cass Lake their final regular season stop since 2011. Due to its popularity, the MWC decided in 2017 they would make Stoney Point Resort the host for the 2017 World Walleye Championship.
Unlike an MWC regular season event, the World Walleye Championship is a 3-day battle with the top 41 teams from the 2016 season. The anglers were supposed to fish the first day of competition on Thursday September 14th, however mother nature had other ideas. After a four-hour fog delay, day-1 was cancelled making it a 2-day shootout.
The fog lifted and day-2 was a go. All 41 teams headed out on the lake with high winds and rain forecasted in the afternoon. At 3pm, the first flight of boats started weighing their catch, all hoping to stay in the hunt to be crowned World Walleye Champions. Cass Lake area residents has always had a good showing to watch the MWC weigh-ins and this rainy/windy day was no different. Hundreds of fans and a few weather braving future anglers cheered on the anglers as they brought 195 walleyes across the stage.
Following the weigh-in, 11 future anglers who braved the rainy/windy weather gathered in front of the Ranger Boats trailer where Ranger/Yamaha Pro Spencer Deutz taught them the importance of Aquatic Nuisance Species (ANS) and how to keep our waterways safe and clear from these dangers. They also learned on the water safety, fish identification and much more. Each future angler was given their own rod/reel combination courtesy of the National Professional Anglers Association’s (NPAA) Future Angler’s Foundation (FAF), a ANS water bottle and a pair of sunglasses from our friends at SunButter Sunflower Butter.
The following day, the Future Anglers returned to watch Ranger Boats Pro Tommy Skarlis and Jeff Lahr be crowned 2017 World Walleye Champions. Over two days, they weighed 10 walleyes for a total of 28.03 pounds.
NPAA Members who helped with the Future Angler clinic include: Spencer Deutz #552, Zach Axtman #512, Chris Holte #1012 and Bryan Lang #627. MWC Anglers who also helped were Ron Deutz and Steve Axtman.
Contact Spencer Deutz @ 701-361-2521 for more information about this event.