McQuoid crowned champion with stellar rookie performance in National Walleye Tour final
“It’s a lifelong dream that I’m chasing and it came a lot sooner than I expected,” Eric said after the final weigh-in. “It was a perfect picture for a few days.”
McQuoid fished from 8 to 16 feet and managed to locate very large fish, several over 25 inches. Once he was on a good fish, he would follow them until they took the hook. One in particular, he threw about 20 times before he finally got the upper hand.
Thursday, up 7.5 pounds from the other nine top anglers, McQuoid, of Isle, Minn., And his co-angler David Landsteiner, of Claremont, Minn., Needed no have the best take before the last day. That didn’t stop them from having a hold that once again surpassed the entire peloton. They brought back five fish weighing 19.21 pounds. It was over 6 pounds on the closest team and over 14 pounds on second place during the three-day tournament.
In a competition that is usually an ounce difference, this was a huge performance, according to professional angling veteran Kevin McQuoid, who saw his son, Eric, take the win 20 years later. his first win as a professional fisherman in the circuit, when little Eric was still in childbirth.
Kevin McQuoid hugs his son, Eric, after he was named Northwest Territories Champion on September 24, 2021, at Otter Tail Lake. Michael Johnson / Forum Communications
“So many of these tournaments are won in ounces, not even pounds,” said Kevin McQuoid. “For him to come into this final day 7.5 pounds ahead was phenomenal.”
“His baptism took place on a boat launch,” said Karen McQuoid, Eric’s mother. The McQuoids are a family of anglers that have come together until now. When he announced his victory, his parents could not have been prouder.
“It continues to refine, it’s really special to watch, I really like it,” said Kevin McQuoid.
“We love to see him develop his confidence in himself and himself,” said Karen McQuoid. The couple explained that Eric got up late to finish his homework for business classes he was taking at Bemidji State University. Eric hopes to stay on the tour for years to come while he completes his business classes. He hopes to continue the family tradition of running a guiding service like his father and grandfather.
His performance helped him bring home a new boat and $ 30,000 in cash, with a total value of $ 121,535. His co-fisher Landsteiner also returned home with a new boat.
Ten of the Midwest’s top professional walleye anglers gave it their all on day three of this Cabela’s / Bass Pro Shops National Walleye Tour championship. The tournament began with 40 professional co-anglers and 40 amateurs who advanced to the season points classification from the four regular season legs of the circuit. The first two days of the championship, Wednesday and Thursday, brought the crème de la crème to the top and the top 10 professional and amateur anglers jumped into action on Friday.
The day started off with cooler temperatures and rain, but quickly turned to blue skies, with cooler temperatures in the 60s with a breeze that allowed boats to roll on Otter Tail Lake. A fisherman commented that it was just a little too windy.
Accepting his first place trophy, Eric McQuoid shared that he has lost his best friend, his grandfather and his great-grandmother in the past year.
“I could really smell them in the boat the last few days,” he said.
Drake Herd is carrying his bag of fish caught on Friday September 24, 2021 on Otter Tail Lake. Michael Johnson / Wadena Pioneer Journal
Fisherman of the Year
Drake Herd, Alexandria, Minn., Pro-angler took home the angler of the year award and was sixth in this event. Herd finished four times in the top 10 in the Northwest Territories and 87th on Lake Erie, which could have kicked him out of the roster, but he still performed well afterwards.
“It’s an incredible feeling to hold this trophy,” said Herd.
Now, in addition to the tour, he said he was ready to spend the winter, duck hunting and some ice fishing.
“To have four top 10s and set a Northwest Territories record is amazing and I couldn’t be happier,” said Herd. Accepting the award with his children and his wife around him made it all the more enjoyable.
With five events, Herd brought back 44 fish with a total weight of 156.93 pounds. Her biggest day was a total weight of 24.98 pounds.
The fishermen shared that they caught up to 30 fish a day using both plastics and live minnows. Even a handful of fine pike and sturgeon hit the lure. Herd was impressed with the big fish coming out of the lake.
“The guys were catching a lot of fish everyday,” Herd said of Otter Tail Lake. “It’s healthy, there’s anything from 14” to 28 “that these guys used to bring.”
PRO ANGLERS DAY THREE (Total weight)
1. Eric McQuoid, Isle, Minnesota – 58.55; 2. Tom Huynh, Moorhead, Minnesota – 44.88; 3. Ed Stachowski, Canton, Michigan – 43.88; 4. Kent Andersen, Amery, Wisc. – 43.63; 5. Max Wilson, Campbellsport, Wisconsin. – 39.24; 6. Drake Herd, Alexandria, Minnesota – 37; 7. Wayne Van Dyke, Spruce, Michigan – 36.77; 8. Brian Bjorkman, Fargo, ND – 36.65; 9. Jason Przekurat, Stevens Point, Wisconsin – 35.75; 10. Jarrod Fredericks Estelline, South Dakota – 34.35
CO-FISHERMAN DAY THREE (Total weight)
1. David Landsteiner, Dodge Center, Minnesota – 49.54; 2. James Youngblood, Markesan, Wisc. – 41.78; 3. Troy Cox, Bono, Arche – 39.02; 4. Steve Beasley, Macomb, Michigan – 38.79; 5. Neal Wilkinson, Larkspur, Colorado – 36.15; 6. Jason Treberg, Chaska, Minnesota – 34.28; 7. Chris Stassen – Marshall, Minnesota – 34.16; 8. Greg Ballering, Milwaukee, Wisc. – 33.59; 9. Chris Reinhardt, Mondovi, Wisc. – 33.12; 10. Ed Neal Wilkinson, Larkspur Colo. – 32.61; 11. John Herd, Alexandria, Minnesota – 21.22.