This post is provided by The South Dakota Walleye Classic committee.
The South Dakota Walleye Classic tournament will continue the 2011 changes made for its upcoming 5th annual event as a TEAM/ Co-Angler format. “The team event with a co-angler was very successful” reports George Kessler, Tournament Director”
The format will again be a two man team event with a third co-angler placed in the boat each day of the three day event. Kessler says “To my knowledge, this format is the only of its kind in major tournaments”
Kessler added “This year we are going to push very hard for more State and Regional entries” “Anglers Insight Marketing”(AIM) Pro Series will not be a part of the Classic this year as that contract was not renewed for 2012 but we will none the less be looking at some of those Pros to enter as well.” “AIM and its format of “Catch Record and Release will be missed” Over the last three years, AIM has helped propel our event into what it is today” says Kessler.
The event will be held August 9th 10th and 11th and it will again launch from the Swan Creek boat ramp near Akaska. The Team pay outs will total $60,000 based upon a full field of 60 boats. The Co-angler payouts will total over $7500. The entry fee will be $1000 per team and $300 per co-angler.
Kessler says “Akaska will continue to do its popular and successful Festival surrounding the tournament”
This years Festival will again feature the Johnny Holm Show, Bull O Rama as well as a Saturday street dance, numerous vendors, kids fishing day as well as the arts in the park. The committee is also working on new events for family enjoyment to be added as well.
For more information, contact George Kessler at 605-380-1176 or Bill Waeckerle at 605-850-9738