Great Lakes Angler Blog

Husband/Wife Team wins New York Walleye Tournament

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Share |

DUNKIRK, NY – A  fishing team made up of two couples won the AMARA-CAN  Walleye Classic, one of the bigger tournaments on Lake Erie, this past weekend.  The event was hosted by the New York Walleye Association.  Team Innovative Outdoors consists of Jim and Kim Skoczylas, of Sheldon, New York and Jim and Diane Steel, of Alexander, New York. The tournament took place on Lake Erie and ran out of the City of Dunkirk harbor on July 7 and 8.

The team began fishing on Thursday with Jim and Diane's daughters, Katie & Ashley Stanley on Thursday to prepare for the upcoming tournament.  On Thursday, Ashley, 10 years old, brought in a 10 lb walleye. The team fished again on Friday and caught 13 fish.  Whenthe tournament began Saturday, Team Innovative Outdoors was in Group B.  This group was allowed to fish from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..  Each team is allowed to weigh in a maximum of five fish per day with a minimum length of 20 inches each. Their total weight for Saturday was 42.58 pounds,  enough weight tolead the 82-boat field.  Most of their fish were caught using lead core line and Torpedo Divers on worm harnesses, some of which they make themselves. Sunday morning, Group B departed at 7 and had to be back in to weigh at 2pm. The team was excited and nervous going into day two knowing that in a lot of years, the leader on the first day doesn't actually win the tournament.  The team stuck to their same program and same location as the days before.  They ran out East of Dunkirk and were fishing in about 80 feet of water.  The day became even more stressful when they had not caught any fish in the first two hours.  The tension on the boat was definitely higher.  Thankfully the bite turned on and the team caught some nice fish.  The team weighed in another 5 fish for a 2nd day total of 37.72.  Their two day total for 10 fish was 80.30 lbs.  They were unsure if this would be enough to win the tournament. After the teams from Group B weighed in they were still in the lead but still very nervous.  They team kept their fingers crossed and waited for Group A to arrive back at the docks and weigh in a hour after them.  They not so patiently waited for the official results.  The team was ecstatic when they learned they had just enough to take 1st place and $2,350 in prize money.  The team was presented with the trophy and prize money by the City of Dunkirk mayor. This was the team's (and team members) very first tournament win.  The 2nd place team had 79.96 lbs. There were cash payouts for the top 10 teams as well as the biggest fish of each day.  The Wavetamer team lead by Captain Don Ruppert weighted in the biggest fish on Saturday at 10.38 lbs.  On Sunday, Jeremiah Crowe weighed in the biggest fish of the tournament to take the prize.

Jim and Jim are the founders of Innovative Outdoors, a local hunting and fishing supply company they recently started a few months ago.  They are focused on bringing the latest and greatest hunting and fishing products to the WNY area.  They are currently endorsing and selling a full line of Torpedo Products and Traxstech Fishing Systems.  Torpedo Products consist of Torpedo Divers, a full line of snap swivels, trolling wire and roller tips.  Torpedo Products are designed to maximize your fishing experience.  They promise to be innovative and provide real fishing solutions.  Traxstech has a full line of tracks, rod holders and downrigger mounts.  Just this year they revealed their new high-tech downrigger.  Traxstech are focused on outfitting boats to gain maximum effectiveness to fish better.  Having a well laid out boat allows your fishing equipment to improve your technique and presentation.  For more information about these products or Innovative Outdoors, contact them at info@innovative-outdoors.com.

In the past five years, Jim and Jim have rapidly advanced their fishing to a new level.  They were fishing mostly for fun in small open boats.  Last year Jim & Jim decided to take their fishing passion one step further and get their U.S. Coast Guard Masters Captain's Licenses so they could take others out fishing too.  Since then they have purchased bigger boats and started the process to take their passion from fun to a part-time business.  They also began concentrating on more tournament fishing as well.  Jim Skoczylas, owner of Ultimate Adventures Sportfishing, captains a 26' Baha.   Jim Steel, owner  of Dream Catcher Sportfishing  captains a 23' Grady White.  For more charter information, you can contact Jim & Jim at the email address for Innovative Outdoors above.

Innovative Outdoors is very proud of this accomplishment.  It took great teamwork to get where they are.  Jim and Jim are seasoned fishermen of multiple species and have been fishing for many years. A few years ago their wives began fishing with them.  Even though Jim and Jim had fished this tournament for years, just last year the two couples fished this tournament together for the first time.  In a predominately male sport, it is exciting to see more women getting involved.  The second place team after day one was also made up of two couples, Chuck, Ruth, Chuck and Casey Mohr of Team Lake Affect.  They hope to inspire more women, more couples and more families to spend their time together out fishing too.
 


GlAngler Subscription

Recent Posts



Tags

Quantum Boats Betsy Magnum Flow-Troll Coast Guard weather Rovermax LR 100 Brian Brosdahl Rubrail Practical Sailor Marine Speakers USO IGFA Endura NAIFC Championship Headgear GPS for Lightning Connector Princecraft Bheestie Bag Walleye Mack's Lures Air show Moisture Muncher Walleye tournament Black Earth Creek Skamania Mania Lake Assault Lights bimini top BOLT Padlock Todd Sokolow Boat US Reef Runner Legend Gold Flat Slider 75 Extended Warranty Beckson Telescoping JIggler Long Rod Odd'ball Fin Spin jigs Homeport Marine Marketing Patrick Hurst Chaco Raritan Jack Links Smart Guide Publications Rain suit Downriggers B.A.S.S. SeaEra QC Kill switch One-Handle-Does-It-All System Safe boating Keep Kool Global Spectrum Okuma Power Ice Fishing McMurdo Lowrance Lakemaster Fishing Mack's Lure Radio Mark Zona binoculars New York Cliff Pace Marine NewsWire YUM Bristol Bay spinning rod Gene Larew Alabama Rig Bass lure Walleyes Ranger Boats MUSHING Black Velvet Uncle Norm's Promise Keeper MATE USA Wildlife Forever Tides Line Recycle Bin OHIO PRADCO DSC WileyX Interlux Wounded Warriors Boat maintenance Sportsman's rights Matt Straw Dave Mull Wind Power Invasive species CLASSIC Shelter Prosepec Electronics Chicago barrier BoatUS Angler Tournaments Bad Elf Izaak Walton League AKOYA Stabenow DuraSafe Airmar BoatUS Muscle Squared 65 DuraSafe Electronics Lock Aqualuma Asian carp AmVets Sunglasses Costa Del Mar Bass Pro Shops Games ice fishing, Bro Show, Traditions Media Ranger Aluminum Deep V Series Up Stream Hydration Back Pack Boat lifts Wild River series tackle storage Accon Marine Bass Lighting Sharpeners EZ Splice Fasteners Home Port Marine Marketing Ravenswood Media Plano Tracker Marine Bass Pro Shops Gift Card National Guard TRAC Ecological USCGA Hamlin Fiberglass tiller Ryan Kleckner Shipping Michigan City, Indiana Costa Fuel iPilot Link Youth 1675 Pro Guide Weather Buoy Lake Huron Manistee Pharmaceuticals treestand injury Aqua-Vu Angler Mark Chmura Navigation Honda Alaska Chronglobal Indiana DNR mudsnail Aqua Vu FLW Triton Boats Soo Locks Gull Lake Marine Size limits New Lures Jeff Gustafson YUMphibian splice Mr. Twister Bait head Evinrude ShowSpan South Haven Fishing Clubs Tom Neustrom Mazurek Marine Radio Rushton Gregory Bass Pro Shops Four-Person Dome Tent with Screen Porch toilet Dave Mull Blog Orca Fin System Line The Harry Lure WeatherStation Nautical Minn Kota Forage Minnow Swim bait Brite Wash Humminbird U.S.S.A. Bob Schmidt Yamaha ATV Shurhold Tim Popfinger Speakers Bass Pro Electronics Rig'N Tails Holland Bibs Kayaks LineGrabber Shoremaster Knives Normark yachtpaint.com University of Buffalo Soul5 Tackle Labs tree stand injury Aquatic AV Dogs Buff Clam PulseTech Oculus Gear ABT X-2 Countdown Gill NA Audio Davis Instruments Smart Guide to Freshwater Fishing NMEA Marsh Madness Andrew Semprevivo Bug bite relief Matt Serbenski Rods The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls Jeff Wenzel Bethel University boat rental WFN On board Whale Team Aqua-Vu New Zealand Silver Horde Launch ramp JBL Soft Jigwobbler Whale Pumps JVD Iaconelli LCWCC Owners tournament Green Bay Jerky Foul weather gear Boating GPS Speedometer CMP Global STRATTEC Bro Brosdahl Jeff's Tackle Shop Rugged Shark Apps EVOLVE FISHING CO Brown trout Gravity Ascend Wake Fishing Pro Polish Shoes Dave Genz Tools iPhone 360 Niagara Falls CUSTOM JIGS 'N' SPINS Yamaha Oshkosh Ranger VS1780 blue marlin Tyee Bait Holder BASSMASTER CLASSIC Synergy Outdoors Northland LineSnubber Swedish FireKnife ATV Venice, Louisiana Costa Sunglasses Rapala Scholarship Evolve Gunnison, CO Tournament Grade Circle Hooks EZ BoatPort Cannon Faria Bug repellent Spreads iPilot Church Tackle Glacier Glove spoon Oakley Sunglasses News Technology Vick Footwear Z-Man TRAC Lund Boats Ryan Wilson Larson Electronics marlin Volvo Penta Traxstech Reese Smartfind S20 Personal AIS Beacon Crankbait Net Tight Lines Jewelry South Haven, Michigan Lund spreader light Glorvigen Accessories Fish America Foundation Catfish Balog Swim Whizz Husky Jerk cruzin Insect repellent Rescue River Fishing inReach Hobie Strike King Northwest Indiana Steelheaders ONIX Hunting Lake Erie Optima Frabill Swanson-Russell Chatterbait ODNR Whistler Spoon jeffstackleshop.com Video Tackle Bag Mosquito repellent Seakeeper gyro Autotether Kindle book Radial Bristol Bay Salmon SeaLife Cameras hardbaits Safety Salmon Unlimited of Illinois Boat Covers Traditions Topwater Berkley Fish Hawk XD4 Gary Giudice Side Imaging Barry Brown Marine Knife sharpening Thermacell Martin-Flory Acme ASA Ice Features HELLA USSA Lead iPad LakeMaster Western States Version clubs Gary Dollahon Alaskan Earth Day Lake Ontario exotic invader Blue Collar Outdoors Olcott, NY Kayak Onyx Milennia MIL-iDock KVD BASSMASTER Frigibar Great Lakes Troller Fort Wayne, Indiana Tip-Up Trade Shows Records Marine Lighting Goby Trout Unlimited Ultimate Flannel Shirts Delorme Macho Minnow Contaminants Camera mount Chargers Ranger Grunden's Skarlis Mustad Pop-Up LED Bowlights Wedding Ring Rough Weather InvisaSnap Catch & Cook Innovative Outdoors VMC Kevin VanDam Lock Army Corp of Engineers Wisconsin RAT FINKEE Boating safety USCG www.bigweeniebrand.com Turning Point Props Batteries Hevi-Beads Corey Schmidt PLB Side Thruster Grady-White Lures Port of Indiana Dunkirk, NY Clay Dyer Green Bay, Wisconsin Big Bear Products Rippin Lips Serious Shine Ditty bag Baitcast Fishing Pole BBQ Lighter Rain gear Steve Wood Salmon SOG Ethanol Ultracoat Plano Tackle Boxes Angler 175T Shock Wave Snow-Shoe Tip-Up Insurance John E. Phillips News/Social Kurt Mazurek Cabela's Traditions Media Hobie Pro Angler Torpedo Divers Brandon Newby FRIDAY FUNNIES Legend Extreme St. Croix Rods Spencer Yachts Streams Monel Metal Fiberglass boat Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo Sheldon's Tommy Skarlis Slide Moor Lake Michigan Multi-species Muskie Lure Titan Chain Sport Shows ABT dock lines Lake trout great lakes Tournament Scott Martin Sphaera Aluminum Deep V Series Rippin' Lips Michigan Mike Seymour Storage St. Croix Conservation Lake Superior Contest Marcum Custom Jigs & Spins EZ Dock redfish Deep Sea Diver Jonathon VanDam RedHead LOTSA Multitools Sun protection Sunstream Boat Lifts Bait Rigs eZSplice exotic species Mag Light Ditch F-Series Storm Gear Michigan DNR

Archive