MWC Leaders Try To Hold On By Rigging
Lake Pepin and the Mississippi River were almost like glass when the 72 teams fishing the MWC tournament out of Lake City took off for the final day of the event at 7am this morning.
Leading the pack is Justin Schneider and Aaron Sands, who weighed five fish for 32.27lbs yesterday. Their game plan for today is going to be the same as yesterday. They are going to go out and try to get 5-7 bites, but don’t think they will come quite as quick as they did yesterday.
They are live bait rigging the river using creek chubs, moving very slow at .1 to .2mph fishing the slack water next to areas of fast moving current. The area is very wooded and full of snags. “A lot of other teams have been breaking off,” said Schneider. They have been able to pull a lot of fish out of the snags by using Suffix Titanium 10lb line. They have also been using VMC red 1/0 hooks, which have given them the hook sets they need to pull the fish out of the wood.
The second place team of Robert Apple and Brad Linton have a total of 29.89lbs after day one. While they hadn’t done a lot prefishing, when they got to their spot yesterday, they started pulling out big fish every now and then, so they stayed there all day. They had a total of seven bites yesterday and are going back to the same spot today. They are using three-ways with a jig and a Berkley Power Leech.
Sitting in ninth place is Jim Preissner and Michael Olson with 22.54lbs. They plan on going out to do the same thing that they did yesterday. “We’re going to go back and rig with some big creek chubs. We sat on one spot all day yesterday and it took us all day to get our five bites. We are hoping to do the same today,” he said. With the calmer weather, Preissner expects to see bigger weights coming in today.
It will be 82 degrees with 10mph NW winds when the teams return at 3pm today.
Join us at Walleye Central for coverage of the final day.