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LAST UPDATE 07/21/01
Professional Walleye Trail
$50,000 on Michigan's St Mary's River
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan . . .Pete Harsh landed five walleyes on the final day of the Northeast Pro-AM Sault Ste. Marie, MI to capture the $50,000 victory. This is his third In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) win. He did it with a total weight of 47.71 pounds.
Harsh has averaged $5,400 for every PWT tournament fished; won money in 15 of 24 events over the past four years; and qualified for Championships every year he competed. His speciality is precise boat control with a Mercury 175-horsepower outboard, which he steers with a tiller arm. He not only uses the big motor to get to his spots, but positions the boat with the same unit.
Placing second on the St. Mary's River was pro Joe Lundquist,
Bass Pro Shops big fish of the tournament, worth $2,150 was caught by Mike McMaken, Cedarville, MI. It weighed 8.87 pounds. On day three, the largest walleye, 8.24 pounds, was landed by pro Brad Davis, Jackson, WI. He earned $1,650. Amateur Richard Whitlock, Goodrich, MI won $1,000 for a 6.11-pounder. Amateur Mike Davalle, Wauconda, IL caught a six pound walleye worth $875. Pro Lundquist's 5.66 pound walleye paid $775.
Special awards included the T-H Marine $500 honors to pro Christensen
for the highest placing pro with the most fish released. He caught a limit
each day, and was one of only a few pros jigging rock piles. Christensen
and Keith Kavajecz, Kaukauna, WI, were the only anglers with limits all
three days. The Coleman Cool Under Pressure award of $900 for the
pro advancing the most places, 62,
The PWT Key Award was presented to Sault Ste. Marie
Overall, the In-Fisherman Angler of the Year leader is Gary Gray, Oshkosh, WI. At the end of the season, the Angler wins $22,000, including a Mercury OptiMax outboard. Gray will go out as the number one angler when the PWT tour stops in Dunkirk, NY, Aug. 8-10. In the Dee Zee Eastern Division, Nick Homayed, Dearborn Heights, MI, sits in the pole position; knowing that his ninth place performance could help him qualify for the Championship or even become the Raytheon Rookie of the year, a $3,000 award. Amateur Tourigny, with a first and a tenth place finish, has an opportunity to become the Mercury Top Amateur (an award worth $4,000) and qualify for the Championship.
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include: Sault Convention & Visitors Bureau: 800-647-2858
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