Yamaha pro Spencer Deutz and his wife, Carley, brought in 29.86 pounds to take home the winnings for the final AIM Weekend Walleye Series at the Devils Lake AWWS Warrior Boats Open in North Dakota on July 10.
The Moorhead, Minn., couple used their skills and 7/8-ounce Rapala Jigging Raps — an increasingly popular lure typically used during the winter — with the husband-and-wife team fishing deep rock piles for most of the day.
“Raps are very popular now for summer, but fishing the rocks you can go through a ton of them,” Deutz said in a statement. “But you had to move or you wouldn’t catch anything. If we didn’t at one [spot], we picked up and went to the next spot ... our first fish came right away in the first five minutes, a 21-3/4-incher.”
“We had three good fish over 25 inches,” he said, and that made the climb into first place easier. “We had one at 9 a.m. and two more with like 20 minutes left to go in the day. The bite was good all day. Using jigs, it’s just a reaction bite. I think they see something and just grab onto it. We caught a lot, but the big ones were one here and one there.”
Deutz and his wife were at Devils Lake to fish a young angler tournament on July 9 in their Yamaha V MAX SHO 250/Ranger package and decided to enter the AIM Weekend Walleye Series final, as well. The couple took home $4,500 for winning the final Open of the tournament.
Minnesotans Dave Randash, of Dilworth, and Ed Piekutowski, of Moorhead, finished second, taking home $2,000 for a 25.55-pound bag.