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In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail
LAST UPDATE 08/12/01
In Fisherman
Professional Walleye Trail

Pinnacle Rods and Reels RealTree Eastern Pro-AM
  • Day 1 Press Release Dunkirk New York Aug 8-10
  • Day 1 Pro Results Dunkirk New York Aug 8-10
  • Day 1 Am Results Dunkirk New York Aug 8-10
  • Day 2 Press Release Dunkirk New York Aug 8-10
  • Day 2 Pro Results Dunkirk New York Aug 8-10
  • Day 2 Am Results Dunkirk New York Aug 8-10
  • Day 3 Press Release
  • Day 3 Pro Results Dunkirk New York Aug 8-10
  • Day 3 Am Results Dunkirk New York Aug 8-10
  • 2001 Angler of the Year Standings
  • 2001 Top Amateur of the year standings
  • 2001 West Division standings pro
  • 2001 West Division Standings amateur
  • 2001 East Division Standings pro
  • 2001 East Division Standings amateur
  • 2001 PWT Champoionship Roster
  • Maps of tournament sites Your one stop resource for quality fishing maps
  • PWT Rideshare information
  • PWT Mailing List
  • 2002 Tournament Schedule
  • Catch the PWT  Walleye action on TV
  • Press Release for Dunkirk New York 07/31/01
  • Schedule of events
  • Wisconsin Pro Trolls; Leads
    Lake Erie PWT Tournament

    Dunkirk, New York....Fishing Lake Erie's eastern basin  produced big catches for the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail  touring pro anglers.  They were competing on day one of the Pinnacle Rods and ReelsRealTree Eastern Pro-Am, for a share of the $240,000 purse.

    With two days to go Thursday and Friday, Aug. 9 and Aug. 10,  Bill Ortiz, Dodgeville, WI, a past PWT winner, leads the pack.  He  weighed a five fish tournament limit for 35.11 pounds.  He fished with amateur Ron Gray, Grand Blanc, MI.  Each day the amateurs fish  with a different pro angler, using the pro's gear, boat and bait.

    In second place are pro Scott Gerner, Chilton, WI, and  amateur Scott Herbolsheimer, Tekamah, NE, who scored with 34.25  pounds.   The third place partners were pro Byron Peterson, Blair, NE  and amateur Kevin Novak, Clarendon, NY.   They weighed 33.76 pounds.  A total of 19 anglers are within 10 pounds of Peterson.  The highest  ranking New York pro angler with 26.97 pounds is Bob Hollingsworth,  Kenmore, fishing his first PWT tournament.  Well respected in New York tournament circles with many top places in local events, Hollingsworth is in 10th place. 

    Most anglers enjoyed the relatively calm conditions with seas in the "light" range (less than two feet)  most of the day, building to some three-footers later in the day.  Competitors could run any direction, fish their best tactics and return to Chadwick Bay Marina in comfort. 

    Anglers used various equipment to present crankbaits or spinner/crawler combinations at the exact depth, from 15 feet under the surface to bottom-bouncing for walleyes right on the bottom 70 feet down.  To reach the customary depths of 35 to 55 feet, anglers used leadcore line, diving planes (Dipsey Divers), weights from two to five ounces clipped on their lines and down-riggers.  The eastern basin depths within PWT boundaries dipped to 100 feet.

    With 25.44 pounds, pro Chief Kim Papineau walleye pro of Escanaba Michigan  Kim Papineau, Escanaba, MI, re-captured the In-Fisherman Angler of the Year lead.  He is followed by three anglers, Pete Harsh Professional Walleye trail touring Pro Pete Harsh, Perry Good pro walleye fisherman Eagan MinnesotaPerry Good and Gary Gray Walleye fishing pro Oshkosh Wisconsin Gary Gray, within seven pounds, a race which won't  be settled until Friday, the final day of 
    the PWT season.  Championship spots for the Dee Zee Eastern Division 
    and from the touring pros will be determined, as will the Mercury Top Amateur and the RayMarine Rookie of the Year.

    Lake Erie lived up to its big fish reputation with all Bass Pro Shops big fish awards to anglers with walleyes exceeding 9.66 pounds.  Claiming the $1,700 day one first prize was amateur Tom Gonya, Toledo, Ohio, with a 10.90 pound walleye.  Amateur Richard Franklin, Louisburg, Kansas, had a 10.26-pounder for $1,050.  Pros Peterson and Keith Eshbaugh, Washington, PA, weighed 9.69 and 9.66 pound walleyes for $900 and $750.  A total of 10 walleyes over nine pounds were weighed.

    The final two weigh-in days and festivities take place in downtown Dunkirk, right on the waterfront and adjacent to the Four Points Sheraton.  Bleachers are set-up, and walleye fans can meet and \greet the top walleye professionals in North America.  The show is free of charge and begins at 3 p.m. each day.

    The PWT is part of PRIMEDIA, Inc., America's leading producer of targeted media headquartered in New York City.  PWT sponsors
    include: Chautauqua County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 716-357-4569 and the City of Dunkirk, 716-366-9858, with support from the Southtowns 
    Walleye Association and the Northern Chautauqua County Conservation 

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    Pinnacle Eastern Pro-Am
    Lake Erie, Dunkirk, NY, August 3 - 10, 2001

    Friday, August 3            Open fishing; launch at any ramp
    Saturday, August 4         Open fishing; launch at any ramp
    Sunday, August 5           Open fishing; launch at any ramp
     5 - 7 p.m.                      Mandatory pro registration; amateurs may also register    PWT tent next to 4 points Sheraton
    7:00 p.m.        Anglers Advisory Meeting. Members: 
    Scott Fairbairn, Mark   Martin, Jeff Taege; NPAA rep Rick 
    Olson; Rocco Papendrea; Amateur rep John Solek

    Monday, August 6        Open fishing; launch at any ramp
        8 a.m. - 4 p.m.        Amateur registration PWT tent
        6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.        Pro Photo Night by In-Fisherman            Launch ramp by Chadwick Bay Marina

    Tuesday, August 7        Open fishing; launch at any ramp
        8 a.m. - 3 p.m.        Amateur registration  PWT Tent
        Noon.            All contestants off the water
        Noon - 2 p.m.        Media Luncheon Sheraton 4 Points
        3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.    PWT Amateur School: Recommended for 
    all Amateurs
        4:45 p.m.        Meal (chicken BBQ) sponsored by Chautauqua Visitors       Chautauqua County  Fairgrounds,  Bureau, Dunkirk Observer, Jamestown 
    Post Journal        Central Ave, Dunkirk
        6 - 7:30 p.m.        Mandatory Rules meeting for all contestants

    Wednesday, August 8        Tournament Day 1
        6:55 a.m.        Opening Ceremony 
                Ceremonies & Weigh-in at
        7:00 a.m.        Contestants depart 
            PWT Stage next to 4 Points Sheraton
        9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.    Tour for contestant families and 
    media; departing from 4 Points Sheraton
        3:00 p.m.        Weigh-in Ceremonies begin
        3:15 p.m.        Flight #1 boats # 1 -45 return
        4:00 p.m.        Flight #2 boats #46 - 90 return
        4:45 p.m.        Flight #3 boats #91 - 135 return
        7:30 p.m.        Fellowship of Christian Anglers 
    meeting            Days Inn
                    guest speakers, Mike & Sally Simpson 
                Hwy 60 & I90 (exit 59)

    Thursday, August 9        Tournament Day 2
        6:55 a.m.        Opening Ceremony 
                Ceremonies & Weigh-in at
        7:00 a.m.        Contestants depart 
                PWT Stage
        9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.    Tour for contestant families and 
    media; departing from 4 Points Sheraton
        3:00 p.m.        Weigh-in Ceremonies begin
        3:15 p.m.        Flight #1 boats # 91 - 135 return
        4:00 p.m.        Flight #2 boats #1 - 45 return
        4:45 p.m.        Flight #3 boats #46 - 90 return

    Friday, August 10        Tournament Day 3
        6:55 a.m.        Opening Ceremony 
                Ceremonies & Weigh-in at
        7:00 a.m.        Contestants depart 
                PWT Stage
        9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.    Tour for contestant families and 
    media; departing from 4 Points Sheraton
        3:00 p.m.        Weigh-in Ceremonies begin
        3:15 p.m.        Flight #1 boats # 46 -  90 return
        4:00 p.m.        Flight #2 boats #91 - 135 return
        4:45 p.m.        Flight #3 boats #1 - 45 return
          6:00 p.m.        Awards presentation from main stage

    Sally Simpson                         218/824-2542
    In-Fisherman PWT                218/829-3091 FAX
    Two In-Fisherman Dr.
    Brainerd, MN  56401

    Anyone looking for a ride, rider, or someone to share lodging and expenses with, can be posted on the PWT info bulletin board.  Please provide your name, city, state and dates of travel, and any other pertinent notes you wish to include on your board posting and Email it to pwtinfo@aol.com. Since this will be public information, it will be up to you on how much information you wish to display on the board, such as addresses and phone numbers. After a note is posted and an arrangement is requested, we will forward the name, address and phone number to the appropriate party(ies).   This information will not be disseminated with out the consent of the parties involved. The point person coordinating the bulletin board information is Randy Tyler, can be reached at home at (708) 425-0996  Future possibilities for the website could include information like travel tips, lodging information, landings, local bait stores, etc.  Hopefully, this “networking” will make traveling for all contestants’ easier, more cost effective, and safer, as well as promoting PWT fellowship.  Your input, comments and suggestions are welcome and appreciated.

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