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LAST UPDATE 08/12/01
Professional Walleye Trail
New York PWT Tournament Lead
Dunkirk, New York....Averaging nearly seven pounds, Dodgeville, WI pro Bill Ortiz, holds a commanding lead in the RealTree Eastern Pro-Am. With Friday, Aug. 10, the third and final day, Ortiz plans to continue his trolling pattern on Lake Erie.
The In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) contestants faced typical Great Lakes weather which matched the forecast. Southwest winds pushed the surface swells up to five feet high, which made boat control tougher, and the ride back considerably longer. Trolling was the prevailing tactic, with a mixture of crankbaits and spinners/crawlers favored.
The key to the lake's eastern basin in front of Dunkirk, NY, was to match the exact depth where walleyes were feeding. The winds scattered fish from the calm conditions on day one.
Ortiz' two-day total is 66.35 pounds, with pro
Big Fish were again the rule, even though not as many crossed the stage on day two. On day one, 331 walleyes were weighed, and today, 204 made it to the scale. Working closely with the Northern Chautauqua County Conservation Club and the Southtowns Walleye Association, many of the fish were filleted and frozen for distribution to local soup kitchens and charities.
The Bass Pro Shops Big Fish Awards were highlighted by a 10.04 pound walleye by amateur Rich Sidor, Clarendon Hills, IL. He won $1,700. The second prize of $1,050 went to amateur day-one leader Ron Gray, Grand Blanc, MI. He had a 9.74 pound fish. Third, and $900 was claimed by amateur Robert Ruhland, South Wales, NY, for a 9.47-pounder. Amateur Luc Richer, Cornwall, Ontario, won $750 for his 9.28 pound walleye.
The third and final day weigh-in festivities start at 3 p.m. Friday,
on Dunkirk's waterfront. The PWT contestants and staff conduct business
at Chadwick Bay Marina, with headquarters adjacent to the Four Points Sheraton.
The public is invited to meet and greet the pros at this time.
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