Well, that’s a wrap with day one of the inaugural H2H PWS event on the Detroit River in the books.
It was no surprise that rod in hand was the number one technique seen by our field of 32 anglers. Vertical jigging with soft plastics produced a lot of 18” male fish. This vertical jigging tactic helped fill the WeighLive App for many of the anglers, but none as fast as our day one leader, Isaac Lakich.
It only took a matter of minutes before fans got to hear Isaac’s drag scream out with the first ever scorable fish in a PWS event. From that moment on Isaac never looked back netting over 53 pounds of walleyes. Isaac’s performance set him up nicely in the H2H PWS format poising him to potentially advance to the Great 8 and find his name in the money bracket on day three.
Lakich was not the only angler to put together a winning program, Nick Schertz also showed fans that pre-fish scouting could pay off in a big way. Nick needed to make a few, if any, minor adjustments in the river where he was able to land over 33 pounds of walleyes on day one while pitching a jig and plastic.
Despite our leaders being off to a great start, each of our 32 anglers are still in the hunt to make the Great 8 bracket and everyone fishes day two. Even anglers that struggled to find their groove today can cover a lot of ground and advance on days 3, 4, and 5 – truly making the H2H a format that will keep you on the edge of your seat. To see the entire field’s unofficial day one results click here.
Despite the great numbers of fish caught today, the mighty Detroit River did not expose a lot of the giant walleyes we all know it produces. Most of the fish came in under the 4-pound mark. The biggest fish of the day was landed by David Kolb who managed to boat a beautiful 6+ pound fish.
Day two on the Detroit River is sure not to disappoint as we get set for another exciting day of fishing with 32 of the best walleye anglers in the nation dropping lines in at 8 AM EST.