Schilling wins 2011 AIM Walleye Championship

For more information, photos and full results see

For more information, photos and full results see

Chad Schilling literally ‘powdered’ the Oahe walleyes again on day

three jigging up another AMM CRR weight of more than 35 pounds, to take the win

on his home waters with more than 111 total pounds. He was confident going

into the event he could hold his own against the rest of the AIM field

with a strategy of staying local. His wish was to fish a longer day

avoiding the long runs many of the rest of the field were making. He

traveled less than twenty miles fishing an area bridge, and had the

entire spot to himself.

Chad had only looked at the pillars he was fishing briefly leading up

to the event, hoping to avoid pointing his spot out to any of the rest

of the field. The strategy paid off with his first Professional Angling

Championship winning a Lund 2075 powered by a Mercury 300 Verado and

fitted with a Mercury Pro Kicker, custom Lund trailer and travel cover.

The rig is valued at over $60,000.00.

He won today wearing his wife’s pink lip gloss.

No, that wasn’t part of the plan, or some sort of superstition Pro

fishermen live…it was actually a complete accident. Chad grabbed the

wrong lip balm tube this morning after a completely sleepless night, and

much to his Co Angler’s delight, continued to apply the bright pink

gloss all day, oblivious to the fact he was…well…sort of glowing, and

completely missing the correct application of the gloss for the effect

it was intended to offer.

Brett King was leading the JJ Keller Angler of the Year race coming

in to the Championship, and had a tough and very personally

disappointing day yesterday, placing him well back of Ross Grothe and

Robert Blosser until he came to the stage today. Robert and Ross both

had respectable days, but Brett King crushed the ‘Eyes today CRRing

30.61, enough to regain yesterday’s lost points and take home the AIM JJ

Keller Angler of the Year trophy and a check for $10,000.00.

Texan Kevin Audrain took second qualifying for the Championship

through the AIM Sanctioned Series. He spoke of the lack of water in his

home state due to severe drought, and how fishing here in South Dakota

was a treat; especially with all the walleyes he boated every day. Kevin

was using a gaudy spoon he said he’d usually not have used, but the

walleyes were all over it here so he kept that as his top presentation.

The top ten at the AIM International Championship:

Chad Schilling

Kevin Audrain

Robert Blosser

Mark Brunbaugh

Ross Grothe

Brandon Carpenter

Dan Plautz

Brett king

Scott Duncan

Keith Kavajecz

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