Fall Classic Walleye Tournament Recap

The weather the day before Colorado’s one day Fall Classic Tournament to be held at Horesetooth was anything but favorable, but that didn’t stop some of the 17 teams from pre-fishing the tournament in cold, windy, sleety conditions; while other teams came to the tournament “cold” without any pre-fishing.  After the event was over it was obvious that pre-fishing was key as the top 4 teams had all been on the water in the few days prior to the tournament.  Fortunately during the night the cold front moved out bringing below freezing temperatures for the early morning boat check-in.  After the sun came up it turned out to be a beautiful fall day with a slight breeze making the tough bite more bearable.

The anglers reported using many different techniques from spooning, jigging, trolling crank baits, and using live bait.  The best producing techniques were definitely using deep water spoons – Reelbait Plane Jane, Fergie Spoons and Fle Fly sold at Cabelas, Bass Pro XPS Lazer Blade baits - and trolling crank baits, like Berkley Flicker Shad and Rapala Shad Raps.

The CWA decided to throw a twist into this tournament allowing each team to keep and weigh 10 fish.  The winning team of Dan Swanson and Josh Sheldon were the only team to take advantage of this rule as they brought 10 nice walleye to the weigh-in for a total weight of 19.13 pounds.  Not only did Dan and Josh win the first place award but they also won the Cabelas Anglers Cash as well as the coveted Fall Classic Tournament plaque.  Dan and Josh started in the morning catching their fish with spoons and switched to crank baits later to fill out their limit.  This technique obviously worked as they beat out the 2nd place team of Justin Jones and Barry Cundiff by more than 3 pounds.  Barry and Justin weighed a nice 8 fish basket for a total weight of 15.75 pounds and took home the second place check.  Barry and Justin caught all of their fish using jigging spoons.  The third place team of Eric Ewing and Curtis McCormick trolled crank baits to catch their 6 fish weighing 9.43 pounds and giving them the 3rd place check.  The 4th place team of Ray Deichsel and Mitch Petersen didn’t go home empty handed as they caught the big fish of the tournament weighing 3.52 pounds and took home a nice trolling rod from Cabelas. 

The Mixed Team competition was fierce in this tournament as close to a third of the teams were mixed couple teams.  At the end of the tournament, the husband/wife team of Jeff and Georgiann Dewey edged out the husband/wife team of Warren and Jeanine Frederickson by winning them each a CWA sweatshirt. 

It was neat to see so many first time tournament teams join the fun and the team of Stuart Girard and John “Tiny” Stevens made a great showing bringing a 4 fish basket weighing 6.50 pounds to the scale.

At the end of the ceremonies, many people commented that they couldn’t believe the tournaments were over for this year and they were already anticipating next year’s competitions! 

Final Results

Overall Place Angler #1 Angler #2 M or Y Saturday  
        Weight # Fish
1 Dan Swanson Josh Sheldon   19.13 10
2 Justin Jones Barry Cundiff   15.75 8
3 Eric Ewing Curtis McCormick   9.43 6
4 Ray Deichsel Mitch Petersen   8.89 4
5 Dan Giordano Bob Giordano   8.50 6
6 Stuart Girard John "Tiny" Stevens   6.50 4
7 Jeff Dewey Georgiann Dewey M 5.07 4
8 Warren Frederickson Janine Frederickson M 4.51 3
9 Gene Metchske Chris Woodman   4.14 2
10 Matt Mascarenas Paul Ko   2.99 2
11 Cary Weaver Jeff Annis   2.09 1
12 Darrell Greer Brad Box   - -
13 Lonnie Snyder Ronnie Snyder   - -
14 Hank Barron Carmen Barron M - -
15 Bovy Hem Heather Groom M - -
16 Steve Robar Mary Robar M - -
17 Frank Becvar Lee Ledford   - -
Total 87.00 50
Tournament Stats:
Total Walleye 50
Ave. Walleye Wt. 1.74lbs
Big Fish 3.52lbs Deichsel/Petersen
Top Mix Dewey/Dewey
Cabela's Cash Swanson/Sheldon

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