With one day to go among the top 10 to crown the champion of champions, Wild 4 Outdoors and Crystal Farms pro, Jimmy Bell missed the cut to fish on the final day and ended his season by claiming 16th place at the 2012 FLW Walleye Tour Championship out of the Quad Cities on the Mississippi River. Jimmy made the 2.5-hour run north to Pool 14 three times to catch three fish, in fact day two’s fish was an exact twin to today’s fish. He was consistent and while first place is the only thing good enough for these pros, Bell would agree that his season was a complete success.
The bite seemed to pick up judging by overall numbers of fish, and Bell’s heartbreaker was releasing a 26.5-incher that missed the slot by half an inch. Part of the game, but that fish would have put him on the water in the morning. “I was just happy to catch the fish that I caught considering the conditions. I was also very proud of my friends, teammates and fellow competitors, Ross Grothe and Tommy Skarlis. We had a great season and I’m thankful to have shared it with them!
This marks the end of the 2012 season and 2013 is going to be interesting as a new professional walleye circuit is emerging and going to change the direction of the industry with a revitalization of walleye excitement! Stay tuned for details. From all of us at Wild 4 Outdoors, thank you very much for your continued support, this was done for you!
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Again, the weather will be key in today’s success rates. Jimmy Bell is the only Wild 4 Outdoors team member to make it through the first cut and will be fishing to make the top 10 tomorrow. With the catch rates as they are, he needs two to three decent fish to have a shot. But, that is very doable on the spots where he is spending the majority of his time.
Bell will be making the 2.5-hour run north to hit some spots that have been producing the right fish not only during the tournament, but also during practice where teammate, Tommy Skarlis stuck a pig that would have likely topped 10 lbs. If he can find a couple good fish and one big one, Bell will not only make the cut, but also have a shot at the title.
Today’s weather is a bit nicer overall, but the bite will likely remain difficult making one to two bites the focus. Rather than expecting a limit or a single big fish, just weighing fish under these circumstances is key. Bell weighing two fish for a combined weight of over 4 lbs is a prime example.
Weigh-In this afternoon will take place at the River Center in downtown Davenport beginning at 4 PM. Be sure to check in this evening for more videos and photos as Jimmy Bell will share the details about how the day went.