PIERRE, S.D. – Ninety-seven degree heat didn’t seem to slow down the walleye bite on day two of the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour. However, the gamble of letting the 20 and 22 inch walleyes go that were caught early in the day in hopes of getting a bigger walleye over the 20 inch slot mark did. Danny Plautz of Madison, Wis. and his co-angler Wayne Olsen of Humboldt, S.D. were among the lucky few who managed to land a 28 ½ – inch walleye after letting a 20 ½-incher go early. But it wasn’t easy; they were sweating it out until about 2 p.m. before they were able to make good on the decision. After that they never caught another fish, but their five walleye limit weighing 15-13 was enough to put Plautz in the lead with a two day total of 10 walleyes weighing 31 pounds, 4 ounces. Plautz now has a 1 pound, 4 ounce lead over John Campbell of Marco Island, Fla. who has a two day total of 10 walleye weighing 30-0 going into the final day of competition on Lake Oahe. Pros are fishing for a top award of $63,000 while co-anglers are battling it out for a top award of $10,500. The Pierre event features 103 pros and 103 co-anglers representing 15 states and Canada. The final day of the FLW tournament is today with the weighins taking place this afternoon beginning at 4 pm at the Super Walmart Store in Pierre.
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