H2H PWS Chautauqua Lake – Championship Day 4 Recap

Oct 14, 2021

Lance Kozic

Day 4 of the 2021 PWS Championship Event on Chautauqua Lake started with thick fog cover and four anglers anxious to get their lines in the water!

Our matchups competing to advance to the final championship included Isaac Lakich vs. Josh Wiesner and Justin Schneider vs. Joe Okada. Anyone that has followed us this week knows that this is one of the most intense FINTASTIC4 Days we have ever seen!

Isaac Lakich vs. Josh Wiesner

The Isaac Lakich(1) vs. Josh Wiesner(5) is a heavyweight bout. As we all know, the PWS AOY winner Isaac has been a fierce competitor all year and not an angler anyone wants to face. We saw Isaac switch gears yesterday after 10 AM when he got into a DINKFEST, but his competitor Josh Wiesner would not let that happen today.

Isaac struggled to find quality fish, and when he did, it was too late. Isaac found a late morning bite window and was able to catch three walleyes for almost nine pounds. Josh made a last-second move on his way out to his spot this morning because he saw a flock of birds on the water. Shortly after stopping, Josh used his electronics to spot baitfish and eventually walleye marks. After lines in, it wasn’t long until Josh was getting into a rhythm. Josh’s first fish was a 5 pound and 7-ounce walleye that gave Josh early morning confidence, the lead over Isaac, and the front-running seat to win the tournament’s Big Fish contest sponsored by Power Pole. Josh continued his morning by recording six walleyes for 28 pounds and 10 ounces compared to Isaac’s three scorable fish for 8 pounds and 15 ounces. Josh will move on to compete for the 2021 PWS Champion first place finish and a check for $50K!

Justin Schneider vs. Joe Okada

The Justin Schneider(14) vs. Joe Okada(2) matchup showcased two anglers using different techniques to put them in the FINTASTIC4. Justin Schneider had a rod in hand all week where he was making adjustments with reaction baits, such blade baits, in and out of shallow and deep water. Searching for active fish, Justin was able to catch several walleyes today, however, most of them were under the two-pound mark. When time expired, Justin recorded one legal fish giving him a weight of 2lbs-5oz.

Joe Okada had a strong week and an angler no one wanted to fish against today. Today, Joe started with the same trolling technique in the spot he has had to himself all week. One of the most consistent things about Joe’s week is that he hasn’t found many walleyes under the two-pound mark. Right back to work, Joe boated a nice fish early. Unlike yesterday, however, Joe’s additional fish did not come right away. Joe left the door open all day for Justin to take advantage. Luckily for Joe, Justin did not have much luck in his spots. Joe ended up catching one more walleye and finished the day with 6 pounds and 15 oz. Joe’s bite slowed down today and tomorrow could be anyone’s game when Joe and Josh square off for the first-ever PWS Championship Title and a $50K prize! Be sure to catch all of the details from the anglers by tuning into the AFTERSHOW with Andy Cleveland tonight from 6 PM – 8 PM EST on our Watch Page, Facebook, or Youtube.

  1. Monie Carpenter says:

    It was so cool to watch Joe’s technique trolling and using his forward or in this case his reverse facing sonar and being able to watch his lures and the fishing coming to it! Always fun to learn something from these guys!

  2. I have enjoyed watching the Head to Head Pros this week on Chautauqua. As a guide here, I’m not surprised at what they are experiencing. This is a place where you need to run and gun plus play the wind. Hope the HTH anglers have enjoyed their visit to Western New York.
    Frank Schoenacker

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