The third stop on the 2019 National Walleye Tour is at Sault Ste Marie in Michigan. This fishing opportunities here are almost endless, as it sits on the St Mary's River that runs the short distance between Lakes Superior and Huron. It's not unheard of for competitors to travel over 100 miles to reach a favourite marque. Conditions on day 1 aren't ideal, as there is no wind and the anglers are presented with flat calm waters. Local pro David Atkinson starts by trolling spinners over an area of rock piles that he knows, but to little effect. One summer tactic that proves popular is "shivering" where a glidebait is jigged on deep structures. With less than half the field making the 5 fish limit, the overnight leader is David Kolb with a total of 30.97lbs. But sitting just behind him is last week's champion John Hoyer, hoping to go back to back. Whilst David is trolling, John is casting baits and after his co-angler Robert Olson hooks a couple of big ones early doors, it looks like game on!
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