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This past weekend I had the opportunity to fish the ALS Walleye Tournament on Island Lake near Duluth. I have fished several tournaments in the past and this is BY FAR the most organized and well worth the money tournament. The entry fee is only 300 bucks/boat. There is no money pay out as it is a fund raiser for ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). First place was 4 round trip airline tickets. But for the 300 smacks, you get a gift bag of merchandise that comes close to totaling $150. You also get 2 dinners included from Famous Dave's BBQ. Awesome!! Many celebrities also fish in this and you have the opportunity to meet them. Some that were there this weekend were Kent Hrbek, Darby Hendrickson, Jimmy Johnson, Dean Blaise, Willie Mitchell, Andrew Brunette and Derek Plante. Kent, Darby and Jimmy host the event. This thing even makes the Duluth news.

The purpose of this post is just to let you guys in on a great tourney for a great cause and to brag that my team took 8th out of 207 boats.


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Way to go Ben Trod! grin.gif Sounds like you had lots of fun and enjoyed your celebrity life.

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Ben I was also a apart of that tornament, this was my 10th year with the walleye torney, when this thing started with kent, jimmy & also one that wasn't present was ole babe wink. (dink) but i'm glad you had a good time hope you keep coming back, Kent & I are very close friends we filmed a KHO show with darby & willie friday afternoon while prefishin, this tourney is very touching exspeccialy at the awards dinner, seeing what this lousy sickness does to people as you seen in the films, as far as the fishin went it could have been a better day as far as weather, ole well that's fishin, the main thing your out there for is fighting for a cure!!! great to here you enjoyed stay in touch. hope you can spread the word, it's nice to hear from people like you, with great comments, from the friday night supper to the last minute of the weekend, you meet people that you can really call your FRIENDS.

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    • CigarGuy
      Nice job Bob! Fishing off the neighbors dock sucked for us. My gang is coming up Thursday night till Monday, this will be our opener, we'll hit it hard. It's a bummer my dock is mostly under water and the lift isn't in. Thanks to the neighbor around the corner for letting us park on shore at there place next weekend.
    • SkunkedAgain
      Well, I chose my screen name for a reason. 😆 Congrats to everyone
    • Bbobber
      I had a great weekend the weather was decent and fishing was good. I caught 5 walleyes 21"-25", 4 northerns largest was 32" and a 17 largemouth opening day. 2 more walleyes, 2 crappies 2 northerns on Sunday all on jig and minnows.
    • DLD24
      We had a good opener as well we could have kept limits opening day, but just kept enough for a fish fry. Then Sunday had our little friendly tourney and everyone had a pretty good day. Pulling cranks and jigs n minnows caught fish.  
    • Kettle
      Water temp today 45-50. Few fish, windy and cold 
    • Tominator692
      Had a great opening weekend. Son and I boated 51 walleye between Saturday and Sunday. Plenty of small stuff but no problem getting some nice keepers. This is a pic of the best weekend fish for us. 
    • fishingstar
      I was on Rice this weekend also. Seen boat lifts with water up to the canopy. I was the only one to catch a fish out of the hole campground It was about a 6" crappie.
    • BWpineisland
      We had a pretty good weekend. There were two couples and we limited out both Saturday and Sunday. The eyes we kept were all 15-17”.  We caught many 10-14” eyes and one 26” which was returned to the water immediately. All on a variety of jigs in 18-35’ of water. As usual the women out fished both of us😀
    • Bloatlord
      Wrong area, sorry.
    • Raven77
      I will second the advice on watching out for floating debris.  We saw a lot of floating logs and deck sections this weekend.  Also, most hazard and navigation buoys were not out yet.  I wonder how many lower units and props were destroyed this weekend?  It would be dicey if you don't know the lake.
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