Day 3 of our Lake Wisconsin PWS Event started off with overcast skies and big fish expectations.
Perhaps, the topic on everyone’s mind was how will our leader Mike Gofron start the day after a zero on the card from yesterday? To our surprise, Mike’s morning was incredibly quite, but luckily for him so was his opponent’s, Jeremy Zimmerman. Mike and Jeremy made up our 1st (Mike Gofron) and 8th (Jeremy Zimmerman) matchup.
Skip ahead about 3 hours of not catching 2+ pound fish and both Mike and Jeremy fall into DINKFEST. DINKFEST eliminates the 2lb minimum for scorable fish and allows our anglers to weigh any walleye they catch to count towards their day’s total weight. DINKFEST started hot and heavy for Mike Gofron catching a flurry of under two-pound fish to give him some weight on the day and ultimately a victory.
On the other end of the spectrum, we had a matchup with Paul Meleen and Scott Duncan. A very interesting matchup, both anglers had opposite tactics on display where Scott started off trolling and Paul had rod in hand. Scott struck first early in the matchup catching a 3 lb. 9 oz. walleye that set the tone right away. Just shortly after Scott’s fish, Paul answered back with a hen that tipped the scales at 7 lbs. 2 oz. These two legal fish ensured that Paul and Scott would not enter a DINKFEST matchup. Paul Meleen held Scott at bay for the rest of the day. This will be Meleen’s first FINTASTIC4 appearance.
Our other two matchups showcased the skills of Detroit River bracket angler Josh Wiesner and first-time GREAT8 angler Mike McCormick. Again, we saw Josh with a rod in hand that proved to be a tactic to target scorable fish where he caught an early 2 lb. 9 oz. fish to give him the edge against a trolling Mike McCormick. McCormick finished the day with a zero on the card.
Our last matchup featured last minute hopefully Isaac Lakich and Marianne Huskey. Both Isaac and Marianne had a tough time figuring out the Lake Wisconsin walleye bite where they found themselves in DINKFEST. Isaac had a DINKFEST bite figured out catching multiple under two-pound fish to add up to a victory and an advancement into Day 4.