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  • Fargo Angler Tom Backer Wins Missouri
                    River Pro Walleye Tournament & $52,000

        Chamberlain, South Dakota......After five seasons as a pro, Tom Backer, 
    Fargo, North Dakota, claimed his first In-Fisherman Professional Walleye 
    Trail (PWT) victory.  The $52,000 first prize doubled his career winnings.  
    He weighed 42.37 pounds and beat second place pro Gil Mollet, Jefferson, 
    South Dakota by eight pounds. Mollet won $15,000.

        Anglers competed on Lake Francis Case in the Miller/Lund Western Pro-Am, 
    fishing this Missouri River reservoir in the Chamberlain and Oacoma, South 
    Dakota area.  PWT pros fish with a different amateur each of three days for 
    the maximum boat-weight, in an effort to win a share of the $250,000 purse.  
    Backer’s prize included a Lund/Mercury boat package identical to the 
    20-footer he drove to victory, and cash.

        Backer, with a second, a third and a fourth, completed his career “cycle” 
    with a home run by trolling tiny white Walleye Divers and RS Shad Rap (shad 
    pattern) crankbaits on lead core.  He concentrated on the 13 to 17 foot 
    depths on the channel edge about six miles south of Chamberlain.  Most 
    anglers either trolled cranks or slowly pulled livebait rigs with minnows.

        The winning amateur, Steve Anderson, Lincoln, Nebraska, also netted a 
    Lund/Mercury boat package worth $15,000.  Other special prizes included pro 
    John Butts, Dryden, Ontario, who split the $3,000 Miller High Life big fish 
    award with his amateur Bill Comp, Presho, South Dakota.  Their big fish 
    weighed 9.7 pounds.  Other big fish winners were pros Mitch Howe, Billings, 
    Montana $1,000, 5.82 pounds, and Backer, 5.54 pounds, $1,000.   Butts also 
    advanced 108 places to win the Coleman Cool Under Pressure $1,000 honors, 
    and his final day catch of 17.93 pounds earned $500 as the Gander Mountain 
    Heavyweight winner.  Butts also finished third overall, for a total payday 
    of $13,000.  Comp won the amateur Gander Mountain Heavyweight award of $300, 
    while William Schroeder, Stanton, Nebraska, won the amateur Coleman $600 
    Cool Under Pressure award.

        The top 10 pros from the Dee Zee West Division qualify for the 
    Championship; Backer leads the race, with Leech Lake, May 22-24, and Devils 
    Lake, July 10-12, to follow.  Amateur openings still remain for Devils Lake. 
      The division winner also receives a Yamaha ATV.  The PWT has three events 
    in the Dee Zee East Division, with Lake Winnebago, June 19-21, and Saginaw 
    Bay (amateur spots still remain) in August.  The Championship in Bismarck, 
    North Dakota takes place Sept. 12-14.

        Pros fishing the entire tour compete for the prestigious Miller High Life 
    In-Fisherman $25,000 Angler of the Year title.  Tommy Skarlis, Walker, 
    Minnesota is still leading after winning at Lake Erie last month, with 
    Escanaba, Michigan pro Kim Papineau a pound back, and Gary Gray, Oshkosh, 
    Wisconsin, only a three pound walleye behind.

        Forty pros caught limits each day, and 34 of them finished in the money, 
    which was first through 45th place.  Of the 2,117 walleyes and saugers 
    weighed, 89 percent were released.  The community benefited with 310 
    anglers, many with families, in town for a week, and the PWT Host award went 
    to Laurie Hoefert representing Cedar Shore Resort and Marina.  The Key Award 
    was presented to Chamber Executive Director Cindy Peterson in honor of all 
    the volunteers who assisted.

    Date May 8-10 2002  West division
    Location Missiouri River 
    Lake FrancaisCase Chamberlain Oacoma South Dakota
    Host Host: Chamberlain/Oacoma Chamber of Commerce
    E-mail: coacc@sd.cybernex.net
    Pro Registration Pro Registration: Sunday, May 5, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
    Cedar Shore Resort atrium
    Rookie Pro meeting: Mandatory for West Division rookie pros, Sunday May 5, 7 p.m., Cedar Shore Resort Rules Meeting: Ballroom
    Rules Meeting Rules Meeting: Tuesday, April 16, 6 p.m.
    PWT Housing  PWT Lodging: Oasis Inn 605-734-6061 and 
    Cedar Shore Resort
    P.O. Box 308
    Chamberlain, SD  57325
    Toll Free: 1-888-697-6363
    Fax:  605-734-6854
    Practice Period Closed to Pros: Monday, April 29 thru Thursday, May 2 Practice Period: Friday, May 3 thru Tuesday noon, May 7
    Boundaries Boundaries: Missouri River & Lake Francis Case from the Big Bend dam downstream to the Highway 44 bridge.
    Launch Launch/Weigh-in: 
    Cedar Shore Resort
    P.O. Box 308
    Chamberlain, SD  57325
    Toll Free: 1-888-697-6363
    Fax:  605-734-6854
    Weight In Launch/Weigh-in: 
    Cedar Shore Resort
    P.O. Box 308
    Chamberlain, SD  57325
    Toll Free: 1-888-697-6363
    Fax:  605-734-6854
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