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Getting Back to Basics wins top honors for Mquoid and Rosen in Devils lake tournament
While using basic techniques and keeping their rigs as simple as possible, pro Kevin McQuoid of Isle, MN, and co-angler Don Rosen of Rosemont, MN, brought in the winning weights and received the top prize money on the final day of the last of the regularly scheduled Wal-Mart RCL tournaments of 2001.
During his eight days of pre-fishing, McQuouid found a tiny pocket of fish within the huge waters of Devils Lake. The walleye were stacked right on top of each other within a small area along a rock strewn shoreline, approximately eighteen miles from the launch sight at Spirit Lake Marina in the town of Spirit Lake, North Dakota.
Simple rigs equaled bigger walleye
"I found that simply holding the jig two inches or so off bottom and holding it still, seemed to be what those walleye wanted," said an ecstatic McQuoid just moments after the official weigh-in. "Oh we caught a few by pitching the jig out a little ways and hopping it in, but the motionless action of that jig hanging vertical under the boat really caught the most fish."
On day four, McQuoid found the walleye would no longer touch a leach tipped jigs and it quickly became obvious it would be a crawlers-only bite. Ironically, the picky walleye that wanted this crawler and jig duo, were bigger. "We also caught a few of the weighable fish each day while using these same baits under a slip bobber," he added. "However, it was that jig and crawler that would really shine through."
McQuoid's spot had extremely muddy! water conditions, but this didn't seem to hamper the walleye bite. "You could not even see what kind of fish you were fighting until it came splashing to the surface," said McQuoid. Beside walleye, he and his co-anglers sorted through a few northern pike and stripped bass during the first three days of competition.
McQuoid also knew that there was a good trolling bite going on and had
a few spots lined up just in case his jigging spot didn't keep producing.
"Trolling was producing some big fish for me in the afternoon during pre-fish,
but not with the consistency of my morning jigging hole,” commented McQuiod.
“In fact, on day four, we had our winning fish by eleven in the morning
and came back to the launch area and hung out until everyone else came
The co-angler and his winning techniques.
His first two days found him and his pro companions t! rolling crankbaits behind leadcore line. "Both of the pros I fished with produced some great fish these first two days, some on the new jointed Rapala Shad-Raps, and others on Cotton Cordial Wally Divers," said Rosen.
However, with the luck of the draw on days three and four, he found himself camped out in McQuoid's hole, and catching some great fish. "The spot Kevin found was only the length of a semi trailer, and I found out just how good this spot was right away. After Kevin explained how these walleyes were hitting, I lowered my jig, and came up with a seven-plus pound walleye within the first five minutes of," Rosen stated graciously.
In addition to fishing the tournament as a co-angler, Rosen also had the opportunity to pre-fish with his son, Bart Rosen. Devils Lake was Bart Rosen's first tournament as a pro angler, and his father was proud to be there with him.
The tournament was smooth sailing
Reynolds is now working diligently on the next, and final Wal-Mart RCL
Walleye Circuit stop for the 2001 season; the championship on the Fox River
and Green Bay, in Green Bay, Wisc. Both McQuoid and Rosen plan on fishing
the championship with the other 199 pros and 199 co-anglers who also qualified
for the championship and will be competing for part of the 1.4 million-dollar
purse on Oct 2-6, 2001.
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