CRR At The AIM International Walleye Championship

Anglers Insight Marketing LLC' (AIM) announces that the exclusive Catch-Record-Release' format will once again highlight the Lake Winnibigoshish fishery at the AIM International Walleye Championship'.The AIM Catch-Record-Release' format was unveiled in 2009 with the creation of the AIM Pro Walleye Series'. While there are many very good, proven tournament formats to choose from, AIM's "CRR" system proved to be both revolutionary and entertaining. For years many tournaments have required fish to be brought to the weigh-in for measurement and/or weighing.In contrast, CRR requires that the Pro Anglers take digital photos on the official AIM Judge ruler. These photos are compared with the official scorecard record that each Pro Angler turns in daily. Every walleye is immediately released where it was caught. No fish are transported in "livewells", in some cases for many miles from where they were caught.At the same time, CRR eliminates the possibility that the anglers are subjected to "dead fish" penalties for fish deemed unreleasable. In many cases, a penalty of only one pound will alter the tournament results. (Several AIM tournaments have had first and second place separated by LESS than one pound!)CRR also eliminates the decision process when local fishing regulations include a "slot". In the case of Lake Winnibigoshish - the site of the AIM International Walleye Championship' - the slot allows each angler to harvest only ONE walleye over 26 inches and NO walleyes between 17 and 26 inches.In 2009, AIM Pro Angler Todd Riley won the Championship by weighing over 100 pounds of Lake Winnie walleyes. ALL of these walleyes were "slot fish"! Instead of tournaments being decided based on lucky decision making, all AIM tournaments are won by the Pro Angler who boats the biggest baskets of walleyes over three days.When asked about the AIM Catch-Record-Release' format, Riley was very enthused. "I once had the chance at a victory but lost it due to a dead fish penalty. That will never happen again with CRR." he said. "I love this format. All you need to do is catch fish. There is no worry about what order you catch the fish, or which fish to keep and which ones to release. And when we can come to a fishery like Lake Winnie and showcase the quality of the walleyes it is a win-win for us and the local community. Plus, every walleye is right back where it was caught and anyone can go out there and try for it tomorrow!"The Pros fishing the AIM tournament aren't the only ones excited about the CRR format.Gord Pyzer recently took part in the LUND Angler Young Angler (AYA) International Walleye Championships who have adopted the CRR format and had nothing but good things to say. Read about it in his blog.
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