Citing that the safety of its teams, the communities it visits, and the letter and spirit of Wisconsin’s stay-at-home order come first in controlling the spread of COVID-19, the AIM Weekend Walleye Series has taken the extraordinary step of postponing its next tournament, scheduled for the Wolf River at Winneconne, Wisconsin, Sunday, April 26.
“We all know all our teams and you, Fan Nation, are just itching to get onto the water, or watch our teams do the same, but we at AIM do not want to risk the health of our teams, or that of the communities we visit,” said Denny Fox, AIM National Tournament director.
“We absolutely hate to delay the start of our season, but for the sake of everyone, we feel we must until it is safe to do so,” Fox said. “No one has ever been through this before with a disease like this. It is highly contagious, and it is deadly. We all must do our parts to flatten that curve and protect everyone, and most of all, save lives.
“Just one person carrying COVID into one of the communities we go to may infect the lady at the gas station, the attendant at the hotel or the live bait guy. In turn these people could infect many. The small communities we visit just cannot afford and are little-equipped to be pandemic hotspots because of AIM, or any other tournament. We not only bring state teams entered to each of our events. We potentially bring teams from out of state. We bring families of team members. We bring spectators and entrants, and AIM staff. We will not risk their health or the health of our host communities. That’s why it is so important to get this right.”
Early next week, AIM contestants will be sent a survey to voice their opinions on what to do going forward. “We’re already working on plans so that when each state is ready, and when we know we are ready to have a safe, and fun tournament, we will be ready to go.”
AIM has already announced a weekend double-header coming up on Green Bay in Oconto July 18 and 19, with a potential payout of $51,000, or $25,500, including $9,000 to the winner of each for a 100-boat field.
All teams who registered for the Winneconne event will be contacted via email.
As we are doing, please follow government guidelines regarding large gatherings and stay near
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