Bill St. Peter Moves into Lead at
Saginaw Bay PWT Tournament
AuGres, Michigan.....Touring walleye pro Bill St.
Peter, Bay City,
Michigan, took the top spot after two days of fishing competition.
part of the Lund/PowerBait Pro-Am Northeastern Pro-Am on Saginaw Bay,
fishing for a share of $250,000.
The In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT)
contestants motored onto
the Bay under clear skies. The fish were active and anglers spread
throughout the Bay. St. Peter, a former major league baseball
the intensity necessary to make it to the top. With a two-day
61.63 pounds, he leads the 140-boat field.
This is the first year St. Peter has fished the entire
tour of six PWT
Pro-Am tournaments across the United States. He previously competed
Dee Zee Eastern Division, and is the only divisional angler to have
qualified all three seasons. He is in position to qualify once
year. The September Championship will be held in Bismarck, North
Day one leader Steve Bohn, Fairgrove, Michigan, with
60.94 pounds is in
second. The highest ranking amateur is Chuck Harmston, Andover,
won earlier this season on Lake Erie. The winning amateur tows
17-foot Lund boat with a Mercury outboard on an Eagle trailer, valued
$15,000. The top pro collects a Lund/Mercury/Eagle 20-foot walleye
cash for a $53,000 first prize.
The U.S. Coast Guard notified PWT headquarters that
a small craft advisory
was issued in early afternoon, and all boats were instructed to immediately
return to port. Several notices went out via the Coast Guard
channel. The PWT issued a similar command for all boats to return.
message was transmitted throughout the Bay. Fortunately,
the 60 to 80 mph
winds and hail that was slightly east of tournament boundaries and
to move through the Bay, did not materialize. Charlie Moore,
director said, “Safety is our most important goal, and we appreciate
cooperation of the Coast Guard.” Moore continued, “Some
pros were late
returning and their catches for the day did not count.”
The Miller High Life Big Fish of the day weighed
9.16 pounds, and was
landed by pro Nick Homayed, Dearborn Heights, Michigan. It was
Maintaining his Miller/In-Fisherman Angler of the
Year lead, John Kolinski,
Menasha, Wisconsin, needs one more strong fishing day to claim the
cash award that goes to the Number One pro for 2003. Many other
races will be settled on the final day, including the Mercury Top amateur,
the Raymarine Rookie of the Year and Championship qualifiers.
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