UNION SPRINGS, N.Y. (Aug. 23) — Focused fully on gaining momentum after the past few tournaments, pro angler David Walker showed he was a force to be reckoned with at the Bassmaster Elite event on Cayuga Lake.
Launching on the third day with 32 pounds, 13 ounces, the Cabela’s/GEICO For Your Boat angler was in the hunt all day to grab a spot in the final 12 according to Basstrakk. Unfortunately, his 15-pound, 6-ounce bag fell just short of the final spot, but his total weekend weight of 48 pounds, 3 ounces was nothing to hang his head over.
“It was a good thing that today was so overcast,” Walker said. “With the overcast conditions I was able to fish fast. The really good news was I could cast and retrieve because I had a strong wind at my back. I could basically cover a lot of water, which was what I needed to do today. Yesterday it was sunny and slick, which made you move along and pick your targets.
“Today I was much happier with the conditions and it showed in my results. I caught a lot more fish today than I did yesterday, but that’s because I never really got a big fish to bite. The first day is the one that really carried me through this event where I caught my biggest fish of the weekend. Today, a three- or four-pounder got away that could have really made a difference. It was just within a few hundred yards of the big one the first day. It really was a shot to the gut when that fish came off, but as the day went on I caught another good fish that made me feel better about my chances.”
Heading to Cayuga Lake in crunch mode, Walker was focused on gaining as many points as possible towards the Angler of the Year tournament. His solid performance all weekend not only gained him valuable points overall but gave him a solid gap over the cutoff spot. If his success continues next weekend, Walker will be solidly in the chase for the Angler of the Year title.
“All in all no matter the finish it was a good day and a good weekend,” Walker said. “It was all about getting a good solid finish and securing points for me. I just really wanted to get out of this thing with my head held high, and that’s really what I feel like I accomplished.
“I got the fish the way I like to, I caught a lot of fish, and I felt like I made the right choices this weekend. I’m not going to get in the truck and go home tonight thinking, ‘Oh, I wish I would have done this or I wish I would have done that.’ With as many fish as I have caught this weekend, to lose one, I’ll take that percentage any day.”
Cabela’s/GEICO For Your Boat angler David Walker caught 48 pounds, 3 ounces in a solid performance at the Bassmaster Elite event on Cayuga Lake.
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