Monday, May 24, 2010

AIM tournament and kayak sales

BAY CITY-Talk to anyone who spent time on the water during last week's AIM pro walleye tournament and they'll tell you to a person they have never seen Lake Huron and specifically, Saginaw Bay, in such a cooperative mood.
For the three-day tournament the worst the water got as about one-foot waves. "You could head anywhere at full throttle and have a nice, smooth ride," Muskegon resident and long time professional walleye angler Mark Martin said.
While Martin finished down the list; 23rd, his experience was shared by other veteran Bay anglers.
"This has been truly great," Bay City resident Don Luenberger said. For a person who spends much of the winter fishing the bay's hard water, Luenberger was happy for fair weather. "We caught fish every day both in the river and in the bay," he said.
The overall winner was Jarrad Fluekiger from Alma, Wisconsin with 98.52 pounds. AIM (Anglers Insight Marketing) is the first pro tournament utilizing CPR (catch, photograph, record) instead of a live weigh-in.
Spectators can keep track of standings live through The next event is the Bay Mills Invitational, June 3-5 at Brimley, MI.
A few miles up the road from the AIM tournament, Frank's Outdoors in Linwood was the place to be for test-paddling a variety of kayaks. Chief among them were the sit-on-top fishing variety, with Hobie leading the way in sales.
That probably has to do with the Mirage Drive system that utilizes pedal power. Another key factor for many prospective buyers was the boats stability.
Which kayak is for you? That's an individual thing. It's best to get out and paddle as many different models before making a choice.

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