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Pine Knot Outdoors: Tournament tension


August 2, 2019

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Pine Knot Outdoors columnist Bret Baker displays one of his team's walleyes during the catch-photo-and-release TPWA tournament on Fish Lake Saturday, July 27.

Stretching out in front of us, dozens of boats jostled for position, awaiting blastoff. My oldest son, Joseph, and I tucked into the back of the pack; based on the 200-300 horsepower motors surrounding us, we weren't going to beat anyone to our fishing grounds. It was Saturday morning and we were competing in the Twin Ports Walleye Association walleye tournament on Fish Lake. Our anticipation built as the minutes ticked by. Our planning and preparation would soon be put to the test.

Tournament fishing is all about decisions. In the five minutes leading up to blastoff, we went over our plan....

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