With the first qualifier for a set Semi-final spots the anglers were ready for what could be either a good or bad day of fishing. With lake conditions of water temps anywhere from 62 to 68 degrees and fish from pre-spawn to post-spawn depending on which lake you fished, it was going to be a “hit or miss” proposition for all. And to add to the spottiness of the fishes moods the winds increased to 20+ mph which made more than half of the West Okoboji (the big lake) virtually unfishable but like always someone always seems to figure out the puzzle.
With local knowledge and a desire to make a statement Jerry Pape set a pace that was too much for anyone else to match. With a winning 5 fish bag of 22.15 lbs. Jerry set the tone of seeing what the lakes were capable of producing. On the non-boater side Doug Paterson won with 13.87 lbs.
Congrats to Jerry and Doug.
The following tournament results are as follows for Qualifier #1.
Boaters Division Semi-final Qualifiers
Jerry Pape 22.15 Jerry Pape B
Mike McKnight 21.20 Mike McKnight B
Tony Taylor 17.73 Tony Taylor B
Jerry Avis 17.64
Mark Borchers 17.03 Doug Patterson NB
Jacob Her NB
Non-Boaters Division Russ Seaman NB
Doug Patterson 13.87
Jacob Her 10.83
Russ Seaman 7.70
BB Terry Svendsen 5.27
Ranger Cup Jerry Avis