Huge Catches Dominate Realtree Eastern Pro-Am for PWT Anglers
Port Clinton, Ohio....Huge walleyes and summer weather greeted
In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail contestants in the Realtree
Eastern Pro-Am today. Records were shattered as monster walleyes came
Pro leader Carl Grunwalt, Green Bay, Wisconsin, set a new one-day PWT
record with 52.85 pounds. The former record of 48.48 pounds by Norb
Wallock, Conover, Wisconsin, was on the books for two years (also a
Erie catch). Grunwalt1s amateur partner, Lewis Feucht, St. Cloud,
Wisconsin, leads the amateur field. Pros fish with amateurs, and the
boat-weight format allows them to bring five walleyes to the scales.
Second, third and fourth place partners also broke Wallock's record.
Jay Janny, Eagle, Wisconsin, 52.15 pounds, is in second. Bill St. Peter,
Bay City, Michigan, 49.52 pounds is in third, and Johnnie Candle, Devils
Lake, North Dakota, 48.61 is in fourth. Their amateurs were Chuck
Harmston, Andover, Minnesota, James Harkin, Lowell, Indiana, and Jeff
Sproul, Kankakee, Illinois, respectively.
The record for the most walleyes over 10 pounds was easily eclipsed.
past record, 35 walleyes in excess of 10 pounds, was set in 2000, but
was for the entire three-day Lake Erie tournament. Today, 133 walleyes
weighing more than 10 pounds hit the scales. The Miller High Life Big
Fish was 14.27 pounds, caught by amateur Tim Fields, Clarendon,
Pennsylvania. If it holds for the tournament, it will pay $3,000 cash.
Eight walleyes over 12 pounds came to the scales; 32 in the 11 pound
range; 92 from 10 to 11 pounds; 152 at nine pounds; and 111 walleyes
eight pounds were weighed.
If Grunwalt's and Feucht's one day catch holds for three days, it will
win the Gander Mountain Heavyweight Award of a $500 shopping spree
the pro and $300 for the amateur at any of Gander's 50-plus stores.
This is the first day of the first tournament of the 2002 PWT season.
Following Lake Erie, the tour heads west to the Missouri River at
Chamberlain and Oacoma, South Dakota, May 8-10. A total of six
tournaments are set in Ohio, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North
Dakota and Michigan. Amateur openings still exist in most events, and
potential entrants may contact the PWT web site at www.in-fisherman.com,
or call PWT headquarters at 218-829-0620. A Mercury Real-Time Score
Board features results on the web site as soon as anglers weigh, and
a great way to follow each tournament. Photos of the giant walleyes
also be posted.
The total purse is nearly $250,000, with the top 45 pros and amateurs
winning cash and merchandise prizes. Both the winning pro and winning
amateur win Lund boats with Mercury outboards on Eagle trailers. First
place pro wins $50,000; top amateur's prize value is $15,000. Day two
and day three weigh-in festivities start about 3 p.m. at Water Works
Park in downtown Port Clinton.
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