Sheldon Hatch

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Named to Team Canada

Once again it is great to represent Canada and fish at the highest level in the Professional walleye world. This is going to be another great tournament and if you get a chance to make it out to Brimley MI don’t miss the end of day weigh-ins.



Anglers Insight Marketing
Published September 21, 2011

Plymouth, WI – September 20, 2011

Bay Mills Resort & Casinos is located in Brimley, Michigan on the shores of Lake Superior. From the resort’s boat launch anglers have access to Lake Superior, the Saint Mary’s River system, plus downstream from the international locks at Sault Ste. Marie, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. For the past two years Bay Mills Resort & Casinos has successfully hosted a special invitational tournament for the top AIM Pro Anglers from the previous season and is now ready to host an international tournament.

In 2012, Bay Mills will introduce a new tournament format – a special invitational tournament which will be open to 30 Pro Anglers from the United States and 30 Pro Anglers from Canada. Rod Jones, General Manager of Bay Mills Casinos said, “This is a great opportunity to showcase the area fishery which literally forms the border between the U.S. and Canada. Our past experience with the AIM Catch-Record-Release? format demonstrates that we can highlight the great fishing the area has to offer with zero impact on the local resources.”

Jones continues, “What better way than to bring together the top 60 professional anglers from both sides of the border to experience the vast outdoor resources of the Great Lakes. Bay Mills is committed to making this the most lucrative tournament of the year for these walleye fishing pros.”

The Bay Mills Can-Am Invitational will be held on May 31 – June 2, 2012. Three unique features will be incorporated into the tournament. First, each of the 60 Pro Anglers will receive $300 from Bay Mills Resort & Casinos at registration – before the tournament even begins – totaling $18,000. Second, the Can-AM Pro Anglers will also be competing for Team Bonuses.  Each Pro Angler will be competing as a member of an American or Canadian Team with each Pro’s C-R-R weight being added to their respective team’s weight.  The Team with the highest total C-R-R weight will each receive a $250 bonus – that is another $7,500. Third, because of Bay Mills Resort & Casinos’ sponsorship, the complete cash prize and bonus payouts will exceed 150% of the Pro Angler entry fees.  This will make the Bay Mills Can-Am Invitational the most lucrative walleye tournament in 2012.

Entries in the Bay Mills Can-Am Invitational will be accepted in early 2012. Pro Anglers, and Co-angler partners wishing to participate, are encouraged to reserve these dates now.

For more information about all the facilities and special events at Bay Mills Resort & Casinos, please go to More information about AIM as well as up-to-the-minute updates about the 2012 tournament schedule can be found at

Anglers Insight Marketing, LLC™ (AIM) is a unique tournament organization which is owned by stockholders, the majority of which are Professional walleye anglers. AIM Professionals are among the All Stars of professional fishing, with cumulative HUNDREDS of years of tournament experience, including countless tournament victories, series championships, and Angler of the Year titles. This insight and knowledge is now being employed to provide the finest tournament experience for the participants, and the maximum exposure for the host tournament sites and corporate partners.

December 1st, 2011 by sheldon

Ezelo Walleye Institute Continues to Grow

National Professional Anglers Association
Published April 28, 2010

Since 2008 NPAA members Sheldon Hatch (#928) and Gord Schultz (#553) have continued to grow their Ezelo Walleye Institute (EWI) on the Bay of Quinte. They are pleased to announce the addition of Fin-tech Tackle Company as an official sponsor of their school.

Each day the students will start their day in the classroom learning techniques such as trolling, jigging, rigging, bottom bouncing, electronics and boat control. In the afternoon they take the classroom on the water in their tournament boats so the students can put into practice what they learned.

While presenting seminars Sheldon and Gord have found the information is difficult for anglers to digest. The classroom and on the water experience reinforces the learning process and makes for a fun and educational weekend.

Once again this year the school will be held at West Lake Willows Resort

For more information on EWI and future class dates please visit

For more information on Fin-tech and their products please visit

April 29th, 2010 by sheldon