National Walleye Tour Championship Part 3

National Walleye Tour Championship Part 3


[Narrator] Devil’s
Lake, North Dakota This is the 2019
NWT Championship And we’ve got 87 of the best
professional walleye anglers in the country,
qualified to fish. On day one, competitors
faced high winds, falling temperatures, and a difficult bite. When all was said and done It was Illinois’
Mike Gofron on top with five for 28.22 – I finally found some
dumb ones this year (laughter) [Narrator] Day two was
pushed for weather delay when competition resumed,
conditions had calmed. The bite was on. In the race for the Lucas
Oil Angler of the Year Wisconsin’s Tom Keenan
came into this event chasing points leader Bret King who was looking for
back-to-back titles. – That’s the goal,
I went into Devil’s try to seal up another
Angler of the Year race. [Narrator] Bret got the
tournament off to a good start but faltered on day two,
relinquishing the lead and potentially the
title to Tom Keenan. Checking in on the top three, we’ve got Tom Kemos red-hot John Hoyer in second and Walker, Minnesota’s
Dusty Minke in control. – I’m leading right now
and it feels really good [Narrator] Now, we’re
down to the final day. We’ve got ten pros
and ten co-anglers each looking to claim
the title, the trophy and a piece of the biggest
purse in tournament history. It’s championship time. – The entire National Walleye
Tour comes down to this the final day of
our championship where only ten pros and ten co’s head out onto Devil’s Lake
to determine who’s champion. And you know what? There’s less than one fish’s
weight separating those top ten this could be
anybody’s championship. [Narrator] As the top
ten get ready for launch here’s a look at the qualifiers. Notably, in sixth and
fourth place respectively, we’ve got Adam and Kent Andersen sons of the legendary
late-great walleye angler Dave Andersen. Former Angler of the Year
Tommy Kemos is in third. Landing in second, this is John Hoyer’s third
top ten finish this season including a win in Marinette. And sitting on top
is Dusty Minke, cashing a check in seven
of the last 11 events. This is his fifth top ten and he’s looking
to close the deal – I’m feeling really good.
Feeling really relaxed and confident this week. I was a little disappointed that I didn’t bring
five fish in yesterday but the four fish I brought
in weighed just fine so I’m feeling good. Let’s go get ’em. [Narrator] Checking the
purse on the pro side there’s 245,000$ up for grabs including a
mercury-powered Ranger boat for first and second place. All right, getting right
into tournament coverage. We’ll start things
off with Tommy Kemos and co-angler Dave Albrecht. [Tommy] Well yeah
I’m feeling good any time you got to go at a
shot at winning a championship it’s an awesome feeling so it’s been a tough
season for me this year and this is a
great way to end it so the cool thing is I’m
going out, I got no pressure I’ve been here before,
I’m throwing striking jigs it’s my favorite way to fish
with the jig stick in my hand so I’m gonna go and have fun I’m just looking forward
to going fishing today. [Narrator] Fishing a
seam under a bridge Tommy is drifting
crankbaits in the current targeting suspended fish and he’s all alone. [Dave] Perfect, that’s
a good sign he’s got one – Fish! Scoop ’em! Scoop ’em! Scoop ’em! [Narrator] With one in the boat Tommy makes the same cast.
Dave scoops up fish number 2. [Dave] That’s a nice
way to start, brother. Right now we just got here the bridge is open,
fish are biting We’ve been here for
about ten minutes we got two good ones, so. Three more like the
ones that we got now and we’re gonna be
having some fun today. [Narrator] Dusty Minke has
been on the move this morning his starting spot, a popular community
hole failed to pay off. Now he’s up shallow
throwing crankbaits with co-angler Rich Weiss. – This is if you see
the rocks on shore that’s what’s under the water and you got some trees mixed in. The biggest thing too
is getting wind blowing onto these spots and the
water’s a little dirty so it’s just perfect so we’re
just ticking those rocks and it seems to be, it’s kind of a fall pattern where these fish are
moving up shallow and chasing bait shallow
as the water cools off and we’re just throwing
some shad wraps. There’s one. [Rich] Got one? – Yeah get that bigger net Rich [Rich] Yep – I’m gonna come back here There it is [Dusty] That’s a chunky monkey [Rich] Yeah it is [Dusty] Might have to keep that we can play with bait right? – That’s right – There you go [Narrator] That’ll give
Dusty a bit of momentum While he resets
we’ll head to break. Coming up, Championship
coverage continues from Devil’s Lake. Right here on the
National Walleye Tour, presented by Bass Pro
Shops and Cabela’s. (dramatic upbeat music) [Narrator] This segment of
the National Walleye Tour is presented to you by Bass
Pro Shops and Cabela’s, your adventure starts here. By Ranger Boats, still
building legends one-at-a-time. And by Evinrude. Proven
power, proven reliability. (lone acoustic guitar) [Narrator] Welcome back to
Devil’s Lake, North Dakota. This is the final day of the 2019 National
Walleye Tour Chamopionship We’re down to our top
ten pros and co-anglers. There’s more than
300,000$ up for grabs including three Ranger boats. Getting right back into
Championship coverage, we’ll pick things up with
Minnesota’s John Hoyer and co-angler Drake McCarthy who at 17 is the youngest
angler to qualify to fish the championship. They’re fishing in a
crowd and by mid-morning have four in the livewell. – Yeah we’re fishing
this point we’re in it’s a little different
each day depending on when but 8 to ten feet of water it’s kind of a runway
out of this bay so that’s why you can see it’s
all spot-locked right here basically just waiting for the
waves of fish to come through and you’ll see if you’re in
the right spot for the day it’s just a little
travel road so little minor adjustments
to get it right and once you start
getting action we just basically are making
the same cast over and over but it’s cool I see ’em
on the Lowrance side scan when they come through and it’s basically
every time that happens something will go down. Just mark that one. Just marked ’em on the Lowrance Drop the bobber right
between the boaters. We’re gonna port. Bring that up. Ready? – Yep [John] Net ’em. Nice! Slammed right into the boat! (laughter) He’ll drop the bobber
right in behind the boat. – Think it’s a 21-incher. – Okay, get your bobber back on. – All right – 22, we gotta keep that one. Five alive buddy. Nice. [Narrator] Moving on. This is Tom Keenan and
co-angler Jeremy Heenan Fishing the final
event of his career Tom will close it
out winning one of the most prestigious
titles in the game. [Tom] Mathematically I
have one angle the year. Which takes even more
of the pressure off now it’s time to go for the win and I don’t know what’s
going to happen today we got our third change in
weather three days in a row which I think is awesome it’s changed things up
and I just gotta go out and catch a bunch
of fish and do well. [Tom] Got ’em! Hope he’s big enough though. – Nope. Dang! How ’bout you get him off? – ‘Nother big three pounder. – Not big enough Dang it! Sober Shiner’s
pretty hot right now Just need one big bite. [Jeremy] Nice Walleye. Not quite
big enough for what we need [Tom] We think We’re still gonna bump ’em. – Let me see ’em. I think he’s — Whoa is he fat. – It is fat – Well, I tell you a
big North Dakota fish is only 18-and-a-half
inches long and he probably weighs
close to three pounds Great fish, just
not great enough. All right! Back at her. [Jeremy] We gonna
hit Seer shore? [Tom] Yeah, we’re gonna whip
around here in a second. [Narrator] Back on the leaders, Rich Weiss has hooked up
and Dusty makes the scoop. [Dusty] Yeah! (Laughter) – Nice job Rich. – We did good, we did good. We got another one on the boat. – That thing’s eating weeds.
We’ll keep it in there (Laughter) Good job. [Narrator] That’s two
for Dusty and Rich Back on John Hoyer
and Drake McCarthy – Fish. Oh it’s a big one. Super frisky. Net ’em. Yes! Woo! (laughs) Yeah buddy. Oh he just nipped it then
he came back and smoked it. All right, that’s
the one we needed. So this one just replaced
the 20-and-a-half incher. See how long she is. 26! – 26? – Yeah dude. [Narrator] They’ve got a limit. Anglers are allowed eight,
weighing their best five and this one is going
in the livewell. – Really bad action. Sick. [Narrator] Hoyer and McCarthy
are making a run at the title stay with us. Coming up, we’ll bring you
the final hours of competition from Devil’s Lake and the 2019 National
Walleye Tour Championship presented by Bass Pro
Shops and Cabela’s. [Narrator] The
National Walleye Tour presented by Bass Pro
Shops and Cabela’s is also brought to you
in part by Triton Boats We take America fishing. Mercury Marine, go boldly. By Lowrance, find,
navigate, dominate. And by Power-Pole,
swift, silent, secure. Welcome back to Devil’s
Lake, North Dakota. This is the Tour’s
third championship here. With both excellent
fishing and amenities, Devil’s Lake is one of the
favorite stops on the circuit. [Suzie] Well we’re
a centrally located in the state of North Dakota. About 8,000 people
live in our community and we’re the
largest natural lake in the state of North Dakota. Well, you know, we’re known
for the structure in our lake. You can fish however
you want here. It’s a fun lake to fish because you can do any
techniques that you want. So if you go to
www.devilslakend.com you can find all the
information on things to do we also update fishing
reports weekly. So if you wanna come out
you can fish with a guide or if you wanna come out
on your own with a buddy or your family we
have reports on there to get you started. [Narrator] Getting back
into tournament coverage we’ve got just a few
hours left in the day. We’ll pick things up with
tournament leader Dusty Minke and Rich Weiss. With two in the livewell,
they’re runnin’ and gunnin’ looking for a
couple of good bites to close this thing out. – We switched to full lead core out here on the main lake. Caught a big one
doing this yesterday it’s just kind of
a big fish pattern here on this road. My style is we’re kinda
getting one here one there and keep going. Hopefully we can get
a couple of good bites here pulling lead. [Narrator] Back on Tommy
Kemos and Dave Albrecht – That’s the one [Narrator] Still on the bridge and it continues to pay off. [Tommy] We pulled in here
and the current was moderate and the fish were
biting really good. I mean every time I made
the right cast I got bit. And then the current started
pumping pretty hard here and the fish repositioned. They can’t help it, they
swim up into the current so they’re positioned
on these corners now [Dave] Oh yes! [Tommy] And Dave is
making it rain walleyes. – Looks like an upgrade. – Yup! Told you dude. – All right!. – See you stuck with it. – So we gotta have
’bout what, 22 in there? – Yeah. Well they gotta be giant now. – Yeah we got 7 fish,
we got one to play with. It’s hard to throw
a five-pounder back and it’s hard to throw
four-pounders back too and there’s a couple
fours I got in there that I kinda wish I
wouldn’t have kept but we got one to play with and we’re just gonna have
to catch a giant now. I think if we can
get a seven-pounder we’re gonna win the tournament so that’s what we need
to do is catch a seven. [Narrator] Checking back with
John Hoyer and Drake McCarthy with seven in the box they need one good
fish to close it out. – Fish [Narrator] Casting up
shallow, John sets the hook and Drake reaches for the net. – It’s a walleye. – Okay get ready. [John] Net it. Net it! Buddy! (laughter) We’re gonna keep her. It’s a half-pound upgrade. We’re done. Nice day. Man, we had some
more water to fish. We got probably a half-hour left but what’s done is done. Pretty sweet feeling now huh? – Yeah? – All right well, now it just matters
what everyone else did. (laughs) [Interviewer] How you feel
about what you’re bringing in? – I feel really good. It’s our best weight that
we’ve had in three days I mean, we couldn’t
have done anything more with what we caught so we’ll just see how
it all shakes down. [Interviewer] How’s it
fishing with this guy? – Drake? He’s an all-star. He will be a force
to be reckoned with on the National Walleye Tour. He’s only 17 so I think
I’ve got a few more years before I have to worry about him but when he does
I’ll be taking note where he’s fishing for sure. [Narrator] And with that, we’ll close out tournament
coverage and head to break. Coming up, it’s time
to crown the champions. For extended coverage, keep
an eye on our Facebook page. This is the National
Walleye Tour presented by Bass Pro
Shops and Cabela’s. [Narrator] The
National Walleye Tour presented by Bass Pro
Shops and Cabela’s is also brought
to you in part by TH Marine, quality
marine products. Berkley, Fishing Evolved. And by Lucas Oil
and Marine Products. Welcome back to Devil’s
Lake North Dakota and the final moments of
the 2019 Championship. Tom Keenan closed out his
career with a fifth place finish and more importantly, winning the Lucas Oil
Angler of the Year award. – What a great way
to finish a year. I had four great
finishes this year. I had four money finishes. I caught a limit
every single day which is a great accomplishment because we had some
terrible bites this year and I’m very very
proud of that stat. [Narrator] Tommy Kemos
stepped to the scales adding 24.59 for a
3-day total of 67.30 Kemos has the lead. – I’m grateful. It was a phenomenal week. I’ve got the best
sponsors in the world and the best support at home so it was a good week. [Narrator] Up next, John
Hoyer brought five for 24.59 giving him 67.73 and the lead
with one angler left away. We’ll turn it over to
Chip Leer for the call. – Dusty Minke, your weight on the National
Walleye Tour Championship stage looks like it’s gonna lock 21.84! John Hoyer, National
Walleye Tour Champion! John Hoyer I’m gonna slide
over here and give this to you. I’m going to ask you
guys to come up here and grab these fish here. And get up here and we’re gonna get
around right around front John Hoyer slide around
on front of the stage because this is your 2019
Championship Champion! John Hoyer! – I don’t know how to explain it it’s pretty surreal. It definitely isn’t
going to settle in. I mean this is the second one
this year, it’s ridiculous but I will say one thing though the second year I ever
fished Devil’s Lake I went to an FLW weigh-in here and that was one of the
first times I really thought I wanted to fish tournaments because that was the first
real weigh-in I’d ever been to and that was back in like, 2005 so now full-circle seeing this beautiful trophy it’s amazing. [Narrator] And
there you have it. In his 2nd year as a pro John Hoyer picks up his
2nd win of the season. He’ll take home a prize
package worth nearly 100,000$. On the co-angler side 17-year-old Drake
McCarthy picks up the win and a Ranger Boat prize
package worth 26,839$ – It’s been a grind ever
since I started fishing co and every single
pro I’ve fished with I just have to thank them for putting ’em where
I’m at right now. Feels good. [Interviewer] How old are you
and what did you win here? – I’m seventeen years
old and I won a boat. [Interviewer] How
cool is that dude? – It’s amazing. [Narrator] And finally, congratulations to Tom Keenan
and co-angler Robert Olson your 2019 Lucas Oil
Anglers of the Year in their respective divisions. – Feels great. It feels great. From the time I had
cancer and sitting in not the hotel room but
sitting in the hospital and watching this program I thought you know,
if I get better I’m gonna do this and here I am four years later, cancer free and I won Angler of the Year. It’s pretty awesome. – The 2019 Championship
comes to a close and what a stunning finish. John Hoyer’s hot
streak continues as he is crowned
champion here today along with co-angler
Drake McCarthy. What a fabulous year
we’ve had at 2019 and we look forward to
seeing you next year on the National Walleye Tour. Get to our website
and sign up today. [Narrator] The
schedule’s out for 2020. Head on over to
nationalwalleyetour.com for information
and registration. You can also look us up
on Facebook, Instagram or watch your favorite
episodes on outdooraction.com. This has been a
CarecoTV presentation. Thanks for watching and we’ll see you next season.

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