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

Pinnacle Rods and Reels Eastern Pro-AM
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  • Michigan Walleye Pro Takes PWT
    Honors in New York Tournament

    Dunkirk, New York....Winning his first major walleye tournament and $50,000 was pro George Barach, Barryton, MI.  He scored the Storm Fishing Lures Heavyweight catch of the Aug. 8-10 Pinnacle Rods and ReelsRealTree Eastern Pro-Am on the final day to cap the victory.

    Weighing a 5-fish In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) limit every day, the only pro to accomplish this task, Barach  had 38.75 pounds Friday, and a total of 89.26 pounds.  He won a 20-foot Lund boat, 200-horsepower Mercury and Eagle trailer plus $19,000.  The Storm award paid $475 and for presenting the most releasable fish to the scales, he won $500 from T-H Marine.

    Barach also finished in first place in the three Dee Zee Eastern Division tournaments, and won a Yamaha ATV.  He also qualified for the exclusive PWT Championship next month.  His tactics centered around black Dipsey Divers to take lines to the side and hand-tied double spinner rigs.   The spinners were copper with prism tape and purple and pink beads, made delicious with a night crawler on a set of number two hooks.  He concentrated on the 45 to 60 foot depths about 13 miles from Dunkirk.

    Day one and two leader Bill Ortiz, Dodgeville, WI, placed second with 83.49 pounds to win $14,500. Gary Gray Walleye fishing pro Oshkosh Wisconsin Gary Gray, Oshkosh, WI won  $9,500 for third with 75.04 pounds.  Gray was also awarded his first In-Fisherman Angler of the Year honors, one of the toughest  achievements in the world of competitive walleye fishing.  The award was worth $10,000 cash plus a Mercury OptiMax V-6 outboard.  Like 85 percent of the pros, he has run a Mercury outboard all year (in fact, all his life).

    Barach's final day amateur partner (the PWT is a pro-am format, with both anglers receiving the boat-weight) Greg Seese, Bryceton Mills, West Virginia, won a Lund/Mercury 17-foot boat package valued at $12,500.  He also won the Storm Heavyweight amateur award of $300.

    The special Coleman Cool Under Pressure award for advancing 
    the most places during the course of the event went to pros Tony Puccio  Madison, WI, and James McGowan, Niles, Ohio, for advancing 60 
    places each.  They each won $475.  Alain Belanger, Ft. Erie, Ontario, won the $600 Coleman amateur award for advancing 91 places. 

    Third day Bass Pro Big Fish awards went to pro Rick Olson Walleye fishing pro Mina South DakotaRick Olson,
    for a 10.71 pound walleye.  He won $1,700.  Second went to pro Larry 
    Smith, Berlin, WI.  He weighed a 10.10-pounder and won $1,050.   He  also was the highest placing rookie, winning the RayMarine Rookie of  the Year $3,000 award.  The third place walleye paid $900 to amateur  Scott Herbolsheimer, Tekmah, NE for a 9.91 pound fish.  A 9.81 pound  walleye was worth $750 to pro Tom Slawatycki, Senaka, NY.

    Special awards were presented to Dunkirk Mayor Robert Kesicki  for hosting the PWT and all the kindness shown the contestants by  area walleye fans and businesses.  PWT "Key Awards" were bestowed on  Don Ryan, owner of Chadwick Bay Marina, and Craig Robbins,  Chautauqua County Convention and Visitors Bureau, for their  dedication and service with the local organizing committee.

    The Lake Erie tournament was the easternmost of any PWT  event, and set the stage for the Sept. 13-15 Championship.  The number one boat will be that of Gray, followed by one of the most elite corps of walleye anglers.  They will fish the Missouri River near Bismarck, North Dakota, with daily weigh-in festivities inside the Civic Center.  The winner will collect $100,000.  The field  includes seven Championship winners, seven fishing their first Championship and three rookies who qualified their first season on tour.   They will be joined by Mercury Top Amateur Rich Sidor, Clarendon Hills, IL.  He scored the best of all amateurs fishing the Dee Zee divisions, to win $4,000 and a chance to compete with the pros.  He has fished seven years as an amateur.

    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 Club.

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    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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